Battle of Britain airfield takes off again
BATTLE OF BRITAIN AIRFIELD TAKES OFF AGAIN
The former Battle of Britain airfield at Manston, near Ramsgate, is again trying to become an international passenger airport when a local package holiday company launches a weekly charter service to the Costa Brava and the Algarve tomorrow (25 May).
Passenger flights were halted last summer when Planestation, the stock market-listed owner of the airport and its main airline EUJet, went bust.
New Zealand group Infratil, bought Kent International out of receivership for Ã‚Â£17m last year. They already own and operate Prestwick airport which is the Scottish home of the budget airline Ryanair.
The company is reckoning on spending Ã‚Â£9m upgrading the Manston runway and control tower and increasing passenger traffic to 350,000 passengers a year in the short term.
There is speculation that low-cost airline Ryanair may be offered terms to run services from the airport, which would help Infratil reach its target of two million passengers a year.