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Old December 14th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #21
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Hot on the heels of Easyjets expansion, Ryanair have now based their 6th Aircraft at MAN.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #22
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Just a thought, would this thread about Manchester Airport not be better suited to the Manchester forum? Most of the threads in the airport section seem to be geared more towards the actual terminal building, aprons and runways.
The Birmingham airport thread on here seems to have got the balance right.
I am not sure whether those living outside the Manchester area, particularly those overseas are really interested if bucket and spade airlines are adding an extra service to the likes of Malta.
Perhaps more information about the actual terminal buildings or pictures of the airport would not go a miss on here, if only to balance things out.
I am not having a go, just my opinion.
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Old June 26th, 2013, 01:25 AM   #23
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Old October 19th, 2013, 09:08 PM   #24
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New transatlantic flight and a brand new destination.

US Airways will operate to Charlotte, North Carolina with the B757 from May 23rd.

This is the first ever time MAN is linked to Charlotte, and once the Saudia flights are bookable makes the 3rd new longhaul route for Summer 2014, and 4th for 2014 with Thomas Cook to Antigua.


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Old October 19th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #25
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Air Canada rouge announces Manchester-Toronto service for Summer 2014

Air Canada rouge, Air Canada’s leisure carrier subsidiary, will introduce a non-stop service from Manchester Airport to its Toronto hub, Toronto Pearson International Airport, starting 27 June through to 13 September 2014.

Air Canada rouge Manchester-Toronto flight, AC1931, will depart Manchester five times per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) at 11:25 a.m. and arrive in Toronto at 2:10 p.m. local time the same day. The return flight, AC1930, will depart Toronto five times per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) at 10:05 p.m. and arrive in Manchester at 9:55 a.m. the next day (all times local).

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Old October 27th, 2013, 01:47 PM   #26
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Major Investment at MAN .

Chinese construction company confirmed as part of Manchester Airport City development group


The Beijing Construction Engineering Group is involved in the joint-venture that will bring the Airport City scheme to reality over the next 12 years

A Chinese construction company was today confirmed as part of the group that will develop an £800m business park next to Manchester Airport.

The Beijing Construction Engineering Group is involved in the joint-venture that will bring the Airport City scheme to reality over the next 12 years.

It is teaming-up with Manchester Airports Group, the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and UK construction firm Carillion to invest in the project, which aims to create up to 16,000 jobs.

Over the coming years, they will build a series of office blocks, logistics hubs, hotels and warehouses that will be filled by global companies lured to the region.

Property develop Argent, which is behind the One St Peter's Square scheme in Manchester city centre and led the revamp of London's Kings Cross station, has been appointed development manager.

The deal was announced by chancellor George Osborne during a special visit to Beijing today.

It also marks the Far East launch of the Manchester-China Forum, which aims to boost trade links between the two locations.

And it is hoped securing Chinese investment into the region will go a long way towards encouraging airlines to launch a direct service between Manchester and the Far East.

Xing Yan, managing director of BCEG, said: “To be included in such an interesting and unique development is a real honour. To be part of a project of this size and scale, working alongside other such highly regarded organisations, will be an exciting, challenging and rewarding opportunity, which we look forward to beginning.

“We see our involvement in Airport City as an extension of the memorandum of understanding between China and the UK, where we have been looking to further explore joint infrastructure opportunities for some time.”

Richard Howson, chief executive of Carillion, said: ''We are delighted to be a member of the joint venture that’s been chosen to deliver this prestigious development, which reflects our reputation for quality and reliability and our success in building strong long-term relationships with our partners and customers.

“We look forward to working in partnership with MAG to deliver Airport City, which will further enhance Manchester’s position as one of the premier airports in the world.”

David Partridge, managing partner at Argent, said: “We are very enthusiastic about being a part of what is, without doubt, one of the most exciting development opportunities in the country.

“Airport City is an innovative and inspiring vision that is set to change the way business is done in the UK. Our aspiration as part of this international joint venture to create a world class business destination that will open up new connections on a global level.

“Argent’s involvement plays to our key place-making strengths, and underlines our continuing commitment to Manchester and the north west region.”

GMPF is the pension scheme for the 10 Greater Manchester councils and a host of other bodies, such as schools, colleges and charities. It is also part of the nationwide pension scheme for local authorities.

GMPF Chairman Coun Kieran Quinn said: “The Greater Manchester Pension Fund is delighted to be a partner in the Airport City project.

“This innovative development will attract international businesses to locate to the region and support economic growth in Manchester and the wider north west.”


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Old November 5th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #27
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And another new destination added to the MAN portfolio just announced...

MAN-TOBAGO

full details here...http://m.travelweekly.co.uk/Article....=news&id=45894
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Old November 5th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #28
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A bit misleading this one. All flights arrive at Piarco (POS) with a change of equipment to TTAS (no longer in business but still locally, affectionately, called so) for the short flight to Crown Point Airport, Tobago (hope I'm wrong.) Worth the hassle though, Store Bay and environs are paradise. However, don't go between April and November, unless you're from Manchester and used to rain.

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Old November 6th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #29
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Easyjet adds another new route from MAN...

easyJet, the UK's biggest airline, has announced it will introduce a new route to Catania, Sicily from 30 March 2014.

The new route went on sale this morning at www.easyJet.com and will operate twice per week on Wednesdays and Sundays. easyJet is the only airline to offer a scheduled flight to Sicily from Manchester Airport and fares will start from £32.49* one way.

Catania is easyJet’s 34th destination from Manchester Airport and joins Venice as their second Italian destination. easyJet expects to carry over 15,000 passengers on the new route next summer which will operate with a 156 seater Airbus A319.

Ali Gayward, Commercial Manager for easyJet, said:
"We’re pleased to add Catania, Sicily to easyJet’s growing network of summer destinations from Manchester Airport. Earlier this year we added Venice to our North West network and it’s clear that Italy is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for travellers looking for a city break with culture, sun and great restaurants."

Earlier this year easyJet introduced three new routes to Manchester Airport from Reykjavik, Moscow and Venice and now has eight aircraft permanently based at the site.

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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:28 PM   #30
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Yet more changes at MAN as ...

Buoyant easyJet is aiming high at Manchester Airport hub

Airline easyJet today pledged further investment in its Manchester Airport operations over the next two years

Airline easyJet today pledged further investment in its Manchester Airport operations over the next two years.

The carrier said it hopes to add to its eight-strong fleet of aircraft by the end of 2015, in a move that would create hundreds of jobs.

Easyjet said Manchester had been its best performing hub over the past financial year, with passenger numbers soaring 16 per cent to 3.4 million.

But commercial chief Ali Gayward told the M.E.N there was “still work to do” at the gateway.

She added: “Out strategy is to be either the number one or number two airline at any airport we operate from and currently we are fourth at Manchester".

“Manchester has shown the biggest growth in the UK and a 16 per cent increase in passenger numbers is unprecedented".

“We have already added 10 new routes over the past year and two new aircraft and one of the things that has made Manchester so successful is the number of new passengers we are carrying, which now stands at around 45 per cent.”

Ms Gayward said easyJet had been successful at attracting slightly older passengers than typically fly with the carrier.

That has been due to the addition of new routes like Venice and Moscow, as well as the launch of allocated seating, which is more popular with older passengers.

She added: “That demographic tends to spend more when they travel and has a propensity to travel all year round, which utilises our assets better and means there is less reliance on the traditional holiday period.”

A focus on business travellers has also been key for easyJet, particularly with its Russian route, and 19 per cent of all passengers are now on work-related trips. The trend has been the same nationally, which led to the group growing profits by 51 per cent.

Earnings surged to a new high of £478m in the year to September 30, up from £317m – while easyJet offered yet more cheer to investors as it revealed plans to hand out a £175m dividend to shareholders.

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Rumours are more routes from other carriers to be announced in the not too distant future.
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 09:06 PM   #31
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Major news for the new MAN airport city development...

DHL becomes first tenant to sign at Airport City

DHL has signed the first pre-let at Airport City Manchester; for a new 37,300 sq ft building at Airport City South, the logistics park within the £800m development.

The parcel delivery giant, not currently represented at the airport, said the new facility would meet growing demand for its services, especially export of British goods. The new building will be next to Manchester Airport's existing cargo centre at Junction 6 of the M56.

When complete, the new centre will offer international services and provide the core DHL Service Point for drop-off and collection.

Airport City Manchester will be delivered by a joint venture between Manchester Airports Group and Beijing Construction Engineering Group, Carillion, Greater Manchester Pension Fund and Argent.

The £100m logistics park has consent for 1.4m sq ft of new premises set in 36 acres. The overall development has consent for 5m sq ft including offices, hotels, retail and leisure.

Phil Couchman, chief executive of DHL Express, UK and Ireland, said: "As the region's economy goes from strength to strength, this new facility also marks a milestone in the growth of DHL. This operation will serve to enhance DHL's competitive logistical performance due to its strategic location, state-of-the-art features and best in class handling processes.

"What's more, the location of the hub within the Enterprise Zone will support future export opportunities for small businesses in the region, allowing British businesses to get their product to international markets with even greater speed and reliability."

John Atkins, MAG's property director, said: "This is fantastic news for the local area and the regional economy, as well as a high-calibre kick-off point for Airport City. DHL is a global leader in its field and a well-established, highly-recognised global brand, which we are delighted to welcome as the first occupier at the UK's first Airport City. The logistics sector is a key growth area and we aim to build on Manchester's status as a major airport for cargo, with the logistics hub at Airport City becoming a catalyst for economic growth in the region."

CBRE and Jones Lang LaSalle are letting agents on Airport City Manchester.


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Old December 13th, 2013, 02:00 PM   #32
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Manchester has its sights well and truely on MAN-China service...

Airport City deal paves way for more investment, says Forum boss

The man heading the body aimed at forging closer links between Manchester and China hopes a direct Far East flight service will be secured next year.

Rhys Whalley is executive director of the Manchester-China Forum, launched by chancellor George Osborne in April.

Since then, Manchester Airports Group has secured a deal to see the Beijing Construction and Engineering Group invest in its £800m Airport City scheme.

And Mr Whalley said he is hopeful that will pave the way for fresh Far East fortunes to flow into the city.

The 33-year-old said: “The announcement around Airport City in October was fantastic news for the forum but fantastic for Manchester as a city in raising its profile in China.

“All of that is helping towards our ongoing efforts to secure a direct route, which again is essential in taking that relationship to the next level and enhancing that level of connectivity between China and the north west region.

“I think a direct route is key, and since I moved back from China in July, I've really got a sense of just how important it is, and also the level of appetite there is for it, not just within Greater Manchester, but around the region.

“Organisations are keen to see greater connectivity as it will drive forward those trade and investment links.”

The Forum is chaired by Manchester Airports Group chief executive Charlie Cornish. It is being backed by all 10 Greater Manchester councils, as well as bodies such as MIDAS, and Marketing Manchester.

The board also includes Bruntwood, BT, Deloitte, The Peel Group and PTG Holroyd Precision.

Born in Wrexham, Mr Whalley went on to study international relations at Durham University.

He flew to Beijing to complete his dissertation in 2004, then completed a masters and in 2005, took up a job as business manager for the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

He held the post for three-years before moving to property group Jones Lang LaSalle, also in Beijing, as head of business development and China desk.

Mr Whalley told the M.E.N he hopes a direct flight service will be secured next year and the early part of 2015 at the latest.

He added: “We're keen to see the youth of Manchester become much more engaged with China. One of the projects we're running include the YPP - Young Professional Programme – which is a month long internship opportunity for rising stars from the business community to get a taste of working in a Chinese environment.”

He added: “We are keen to see Mandarin made more accessible in schools. It is going to be an important language for the future and the creation of the Forum is a clear indication of the importance the city of Manchester places in China


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A service MAN-China I think is now a case of when, not if.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #33
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Saudia increases MAN-JED capacity...

SV will operate a 777-200 on the above services from 1st Apr 2014.

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Other snippets..

Aer Lingus regional will increase Cork-Manchester to 3 daily next summer. Along with 3 daily Shannon, 6 daily Dublin, Aer Lingus now have a sizeable presence at Manchester.

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Easyjet introduce MAN-BLQ 3x weekly form 1st Apr 2014.

Monarch introduce New routes to Naples, Agadir, Hurghada and Enfidha airports for Summer 2014.

MAN goes from strength to strength, more aniticipated news as it happens.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 01:39 PM   #34
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MAN strengthens links with China

"Todaytec agrees on Manchester lease

Todaytec is in its eleventh year of trading, and has become globally renowned for providing barcode ribbons

One of the world’s leading manufacturer’s of thermal transfer ribbons has agreed on a lease for its European operations office in Manchester Enterprise Zone.

Todaytec, based in Hangzhou in Eastern China, were keen to open a UK and European base in the north of England.

And they chose Manchester Enterprise Zone after receiving support from the city’s inward investment agency, MIDAS and UK Trade & Investment.

The office will be operational from later this month employing four to five full time members of staff on site, with a view to grow UK business and increase the workforce to 12 in total.

Jack Liu, Director of international business for Todaytec, said: “Manchester is a great city, with excellent global connections. We have many clients in the UK and Europe, so it made sense for us to open our European operation here.”

Todaytec is in its eleventh year of trading, and has become globally renowned for providing barcode ribbons.

Todaytec has two factories and exports its products to more than 50 countries.

The firm will be based at Roundthorn Industrial Estate, a business park close to the airport.

Mr Liu said the base in Manchester will focus on strategic business expansion and improved customer support.

He added: “With so many high-growth, entrepreneurial and inspirational companies who fit into our target client list we couldn’t think of a better location to base our customer service team.

“Manchester offers a low setup cost and possesses excellent infrastructure which includes a robust transport network, a strong business community and rich talent pool.

“Manchester Enterprise Zone is easy to access with very good quality facilities and a competitive price.”

“Gary Chambers, Investment Adviser, UK Trade & Investment, said: “Through our UK First proposition, Investment Services were able to provide Todaytec with the assistance they required to make the right investment decision for their business. Together with MIDAS, we will continue to support the growth of the company.”

Tim Newns, chief executive of MIDAS, said: “This decision demonstrates that Greater Manchester is an ideal base for an international organisation to access the UK and European market.”

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Old January 8th, 2014, 07:30 PM   #35
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AirBlue is quiting MAN by the end of the month.
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AirBlue is quiting MAN by the end of the month.
This does not come as a surprise, ED never got its act together at MAN.
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Not been on this page in a while, so here is a round up of what is going on:

-Etihad Airways to upgrade Manchester flights from 2xA330-200 to 2 B777-300ER.

-Saudia have introduced a 3 weekly B777-200/300 flight to Jeddah, and plans to increase flights by the end of 2014

-Flynas will introduce 3 weekly A330-300 flight to Jeddah on 2nd May

-Air Canada rouge will introduce 5 weekly Toronto flights on B767-300 from 25th June

-US Airways have merged with AA, so have moved over to Terminal 3. They will introduce a daily B757-200 to Charlotte on 25th May.

-Thomas Cook will introduce a weekly A330 to Tobago from November 8th.

-Ryanair increase based aircraft and introduce Lisbon, Barcelona, Bologna, Zadar, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote while increasing many other routes.

-Easyjet add Catania flights.

-Monarch add Hurgarda, Agadir, Enfidha and Naples. Increase based aircraft by 1.

-Jet2 add Vienna, Bergerac, Jersey and Fuerteventura, adding flights on many routes and increasing based aircraft by 2.

-Virgin upgrade 2nd Orlando and Las Vegas back to B747 after using A330's.

-Flybe increase many routes including Newquay, Inverness and Milan.

-American upgraded to the B767 3 months early from April instead of June.

-Aegean return 3 months early and increase Athens from 2 to 3 weekly.

-TAP increase Lisbon from 10 to 12 weekly and use all A319/A320/A321 instead of Fokker 100.

-Lufthansa increase Munich and Frankfurt to all A320/A321 operation.

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The best news till last though, Manchester is to secure the first scheduled China link outside London.

Cathay Pacific will launch 4 weekly B777-300ER flights to Hong Kong from December 8th. They have also upgraded most freight flights from the B747-400 to the larger B747-800. MAN is the only UK airport outside LHR to see both the A380 and B747-800 on scheduled services.

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Air Livery continues to be the best hangar in the UK for unusual movements, with regular flights from Lufthansa and Iberia A340's, Austrian B777's, Gulf Air A321's and many others.

All in all, Manchester not in a bad place at the moment, also not far off the 21 million passenger mark.
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The best news till last though, Manchester is to secure the first scheduled China link outside London.

Cathay Pacific will launch 4 weekly B777-300ER flights to Hong Kong from December 8th. They have also upgraded most freight flights from the B747-400 to the larger B747-800. MAN is the only UK airport outside LHR to see both the A380 and B747-800 on scheduled services.

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Well done to MAN for its ongoing success, however Cathay Pacific have not been confirmed, just proposals atm ????????
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Well done to MAN for its ongoing success, however Cathay Pacific have not been confirmed, just proposals atm ????????
Confirmed by CEO, many CX staff have been emailed the schedule and flights beginning to appear in various flight systems.

Public press releases are to follow.
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Manchester today achieved its goal of securing a direct Far East flight service, in a move that will create more than 200 jobs.

Airport bosses have sealed a deal with long haul carrier Cathay Pacific, which will jet to-and-from Hong Kong four times a week.

It means Manchester is the only airport outside of London to have a direct service to China and the deal is tipped to deliver a major boost to the region’s economy.

Airport bosses - backed by council leaders - named securing a Far East flight service as their top strategic goal and have been working on a deal for more than three years.
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