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Old November 25th, 2014, 02:53 PM   #81
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Some details of the new MAN logistics hub...Airport City South

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Docs now on for those new units. Looks to be a speculative build on a plot adjacent to DHL.

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On Plot S2 (been renamed) - "Works start spring 2015"

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Plot V showing under offer and Plot Q (food & beverage) under negotiation.

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Current overall masterplan for Airport City South (ACS), formally World Logistics Hub (WLH)
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News from QATAR AIRWAYS...

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Qatar Airways make MAN 14 weekly again, this time with a new QR25/26 flight number. This shows QR may have a plan for 3 daily, as its now 3 flight numbers at 3 completely different times.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 01:13 PM   #83
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Lufthansa connects Atlanta to Manchester

Earlier this month, Lufthansa launched its inaugural 777 freighter flight from Atlanta to Manchester. Departing every Friday, it’s a new stop for the freighter as it makes its way to Frankfurt. The flight, which has a capacity of 105 tonnes, serves the carrier’s trucking network, which has approximately 10 destinations in the U.K. and Ireland.

“We received a lot of feedback from our customers and the market,” says Charles Petty, Atlanta-based district sales manager for Lufthansa Cargo. “We knew there was already demand for main-deck freighter uplift to the U.K. There wasn’t any of that coming out of Atlanta. We recognized this hole and decided to fill it. Our total frequency hasn’t changed; we just added a stop on the way back from Frankfurt.

Another driver for the Manchester stop, Petty says, is the export business out of the U.K. to the rest of the world.

Moritz Koehler, Lufthansa’s Atlanta regional manager, sales steering and controlling, says the Manchester stop was added at the same time the flight from Houston to the Norwegian oil hub of Stavanger was added. That flight was originally Houston-Manchester-Frankfurt. The new Atlanta flight was added to keep a U.S. to Manchester freighter route.

Freight shipped from Atlanta is a combination of oversized heavy machinery, automobiles and cargo specified for freighters. “We even have MRI machines,” Petty says. “It’s a general mix of all types of cargo.” The Manchester stop helps fill a void created when IAG Cargo pulled its freighters out of the Atlanta market earlier this year. “After they pulled out of the market, we did notice an uptick in the request for service to the U.K.,” he says.

The flight from Frankfurt to Atlanta carries a variety of cargo. “Atlanta is a major gateway and we use it as de-feeding point for the southern part of America,” Koehler says.

Manchester replaces JFK as a stop from Atlanta to Frankfurt. A JFK to Frankfurt flight was added, departing JFK on Thursday night. The Atlanta to Manchester flight comes at a time when Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is trying to boost its status as a cargo airport. The city recently advertised for a consultant to develop a comprehensive cargo market analysis.

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Cargo at MAN appears to be increasing at a healthy pace this of course will be spurred on even more with the opening of the new Logistics Hub.
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Old November 28th, 2014, 08:40 PM   #84
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MAN-DOH at the Double

Qatar Airways to fly twice daily to Manchester

Qatar Airways will increase frequency on its Doha to Manchester route from ten to 14 weekly in February.

The Gulf carrier will from February 16 use A330-200 aircraft to operate a twice-daily schedule between the two cities.

Flights QR023 and QR024 will operate daily, with QR023 departing Doha at 0725 and arriving in Manchester at 1225 local time, and QR024 leaving Manchester at 1355 and landing back in Doha at 0005 the following day.

Flights QR025 and QR026 will fly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. QR025 will depart Doha at 1310 and arrive in Manchester at 1800, while QR026 will take-off from Manchester at 1930 and land in Doha at 0525 the next day.

Flights QR021 and QR022 will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. QR021 will leave Doha at 0135 and land in Manchester at 0625, and QR022 will depart Manchester at 0755 and arrive in Doha at 1755.


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Old November 29th, 2014, 06:48 PM   #85
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Ryanair Increases schedule...

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Ryanair increase Shannon to 10 weekly from April, with a 2nd daily flight on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 08:25 PM   #86
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Flybe reveals codeshare with Cathay

AIRLINE Flybe, the largest passenger carrier at Manchester Airport, has further expanded its global reach with a second major codesharing agreement in less than a month.The latest agreement is with Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific, which Flybe said would strengthen its customer offering by allowing passengers easier onward connections.In November the airline reached a similar agreement with Irish airline Aer Lingus. The latest agreement builds upon Flybe's current codeshare partnerships with Air France, British Airways, Etiha...

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This of course ties in perfectly with Cathay`s MAN-HKG service starting next Monday 8th Dec
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Old December 1st, 2014, 08:59 PM   #87
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Cathay Pacific is one of the largest and most respected carriers, not only in Asia, but also the world. With a nonstop service to and from HKG, ManU and Man City fans can truly spread their wings in Asia with that airline, and it will bring a lot of good business between the two cities.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 09:32 PM   #88
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Cathay Pacific is one of the largest and most respected carriers, not only in Asia, but also the world. With a nonstop service to and from HKG, ManU and Man City fans can truly spread their wings in Asia with that airline, and it will bring a lot of good business between the two cities.
Yes you are quite right, added to this there is a tremendous amount of Chinese investment in Manchester and the North West at the moment, so this is a much anticipated very welcome link.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 01:32 PM   #89
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Air Canada Confirm Year Round MAN-YYZ from next Summer

Air Canada returned this Summer to MAN after an absence of several years, the service has obviously proved so popular they will now return as above.
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:15 PM   #90
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MAN Update...

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Icelandair are increasing Manchester-Keflavik next winter.

From 6th September, flights are 4 weekly, on Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun.

Easyjet also serve the route up to 4 weekly, and, next winter, Thomson will also serve MAN-KEF 2 weekly.

Seems a bit of overkill for me (more flights to Keflavik than to bigger European cities), but, time will tell if its sustainable.
KEF certainly seems to be the flavour of the month.
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Old December 9th, 2014, 10:45 AM   #91
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Profits take off at Manchester Airport Group

THE parent company of Manchester Airport has reported buoyant first half results, led by rising passenger numbers at Manchester and Stansted.Manchester Airport Group (MAG), which also owns East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports, said its "strong financial performance" had been underpinned by investment to support growth in passenger volumes and improve customer service.In the six months to the end of September EBITDA and revenues showed growth of more than 8%. EBITDA rose 8.7% to £183m driven by increases in both passenger nu....

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Old December 10th, 2014, 10:58 AM   #92
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Turkish Airlines confirm 3rd daily flight to MAN:

TK1941 IST 2030 MAN 2240
TK1942 MAN 2345 IST 0545

A319 operates. 18 weekly from 22/5/15, and then full 3 daily kicks in 23/6/15.

That and Cathay Pacific going daily from 2nd October, 22m passengers should be a milepost in the rear view mirror.
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Old December 10th, 2014, 01:38 PM   #93
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Another 2 new routes to add to the list from Easyjet

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Another 2 new routes to add to the list from Easyjet.

2 weekly Kefalonia from May. Operates Tue/Fri.
2 weekly Split from May operates Wed/Sat
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Old December 11th, 2014, 10:33 AM   #94
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Manchester Airport delivers 'surprise' £20m windfall to 10 councils

Dec 09, 2014 11:05 By Charlotte Cox


Manchester council will get £11m, with each of the other nine councils getting £1m each

Greater Manchester’s 10 town halls have netted a surprise multi-million pound windfall thanks to Manchester Airport’s soaring fortunes - and the cash will help offset brutal government cuts.

Manchester Airports Group - partly owned by the 10 councils - has announced its financial figures for the six months to September 30.

Revenues rose 8.1 per cent from £390m in 2013 to £421.4m this time around, while underlying pre-tax profits were up 8.7 per cent from £168.3m to £182.9m.

That triggered a total £31m to MAG’s shareholders and, of that, Manchester council will get £11m, with each of the other nine councils getting £1m each.

The remainder will go to Industry Funds Management, the Australian investor that bought into the group ahead of its swoop for Stansted Airport.

It is the first time MAG has paid a dividend at the half-way mark of its financial year, with £46m having been paid out in July for the previous full 12 month period.

Manchester council has said it will spend the cash on offsetting government cuts.

Sir Richard Leese said: “This is the first time Manchester Airports Group has paid an interim dividend and it was not anticipated. It does, however, reflect the success of the new, enlarged group and is expected to be standard practice in the future - subject to the group’s trading performance. Although unexpected this is clearly very welcome.”

MAG’s half year results also revealed passenger numbers continue to rocket. They were up by 6.7 per cent to 46m for the 12 monhts to September 30 across the group’s airports - Manchester, Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth.

The number of destinations passengers can jet to from all four is up four per cent to 277 - including new flights to Jeddah, Eindhoven and Bolgona.

At Manchester Airport, numbers are expected to hit a pre-recession peak of 22 million this financial year and Stansted has become the fastest growing major airport in the London system.

Manchester Airport has also seen in a boom in passengers travelling internationally - up by 12 per cent thanks to new route launches and increasing popularity on existing long haul routes.

This is in part thanks to a campaign to attract more passengers in the city’s catchment area.

It comes a day after the first Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong took off.

The success is also thanks to London Stansted’s success as the fastest growing major airport in the South East, with passengers up 11.9 per cent on last year.

That’s an increase of 2m passengers a year since it was bought by MAG.

It all means MAG can plough money back in - with planned investment in infrastrucutre, security, shopping facilities and car park expansion.

The £800m Airport City is also well underway.

MAG is investing £40m in the redevelopment of the Stansted terminal - with retail partners contributing another £40m. It will double shopping space.

Neil Thompson, Chief Financial Officer of MAG, said: “M.A.G has delivered a strong financial performance in the first six months of the year, meeting or exceeding its financial targets and continuing the growth rate delivered over the past few years.

“A busy summer period saw more passengers than ever before using our four airports and taking advantage of the largest number of destinations that we have ever been able to offer. Our focus on long term commercial agreements has made this possible and we continue to focus on further diversifying our route offering, particularly with regards long haul.

“I am especially pleased with the performance of Manchester which is reaching its record annual passenger level and Stansted which is now showing industry leading levels of passenger growth.

“Stansted alone has added over two million passengers since we acquired the airport in February 2013 and has begun to see substantial operational and commercial benefits from being part of the Group. Unlike other London airports, Stansted has spare runway capacity today and significant room to grow in the future and it is vital that faster rail services are delivered between London and Stansted so as to ensure that this potential is utilised.

“We also continue to invest significantly in our infrastructure, with the existing facilities at all four airports having been improved in the last six months.

“Finally, I am delighted to announce the payment of a £31m interim dividend to shareholders. This is testament to the health of the business and we are confident of delivering a strong performance throughout the rest of the financial year and beyond.”

In 2013, MAG also paid a one-off £30m bonus to the 10 council shareholders, which was linked to it completing the swoop for Stansted and refinancing its debt. Manchester netted £14.5m from that deal which was used to improve the city’s environment.

This time, the increased interim dividend will help offset government cuts.

Sir Richard added: “Because this is not a special one-off dividend, like the one we used to establish the Clean City fund, we can use the whole of this interim dividend to offset

the impact of the cuts we are having to make to our mainstream budget.

“I would stress this is not a miracle cure-all. While we will have slightly more room for manouevre we will still have to make some very difficult decisions to make this level of cuts after steep reductions in our central government funding. So it’s not so much good news as it is less bad news than we had originally anticipated. But this is another testament of the huge importance of the airport as an ongoing asset to the city.”
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Old December 12th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #95
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Iberia Express to MAN

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I've just been sent the below press release. I don't recall this having been mentioned anywhere, but perhaps I've missed it. Anyway, thought I'd share:

Good to have even more choice on the route.
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So, given all that's gone on lately, time for my periodic 'what's new' update:
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Jet2:
A330-300 of Air Asia X to be based.
New routes to Enfidha, Fuerteventura and Antalya.

Easyjet:
9th based aircraft joins the fleet.
New routes to Porto, Marseille and Pisa. Hotly tipped Santiago, Paris CDG and Split.

Ryanair:
8th based aircraft joins.
New route to Chadian, increases to Madrid, Lisbon, Faro, Malaga and more.

Cathay Pacific:
Continuation of new 4 weekly Hong Kong on B77W. Increase to daily from Oct 2nd.

Saudi Airlines:
Increases Jeddah to 4 weekly from Dec 2nd

Turkish Airlines:
Add 3rd daily flight to Istanbul from June 23rd. A330 used in December/January.

Brussels Airlines:
All 3 daily flights now use larger A320/A320.

Hainan Airlines:
Hotly tipped to run 5 weekly Beijing from May.

Icelandair:
Increase to 4 weekly from Sept 6th.

Flybe:
Increase Isle of Mann and Exeter. Codeshare with Cathay Pacific.

Delta:
Add daily New York JFK from June 29th

Air Canada:
Make Manchester year round

Virgin Atlantic:
Add daily Atlanta from March 29th

American Airlines:
Use B767 on both New York JFK and Chicago flights

Thomas Cook:
Add 3 weekly New York JFK and 2 weekly Miami. Increases to other routes.

PIA:
Increase Islamabad to 5 weekly

Qatar Airways:
Re-add 4 weekly flights to make MAN 14 weekly

Etihad:
Use more B77W on the morning flights as well as evening flight

Not bad going so far......

More to come I am sure
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Those are a bountiful of flight expansions for Manchester... sure helps in expanding the economy of the North West and addressing the congestion found in London.

By the way, which of these destinations in California would make more sense for Manchester: Los Angeles or San Francisco? Why, and on which airline would you want that service to operate with?
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Those are a bountiful of flight expansions for Manchester... sure helps in expanding the economy of the North West and addressing the congestion found in London.

By the way, which of these destinations in California would make more sense for Manchester: Los Angeles or San Francisco? Why, and on which airline would you want that service to operate with?
An interesting question, approx 15 years ago BA operated MAN-LAX using 767 eqp, one of the longest non stop 767 routes in the world at the time, however the service was suspended after approx 18 months, no real reason was ever given, apparently Cargo loads alone were choc-a-bloc.

So LAX or SFO? I personally would prefer to see a SFO service, but whether it would be sustainable or not is questionable, and LAX is better suited as a hub across the Pacific, Thomas Cook Airlines are supposedly announcing an LAX for next year, MIA,JFK already announced.

I am surprised Virgin have not picked up on a MAN-LAX given they already operate LAS successfully, so its down to who ever is going to grab the gauntlet.
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If Manchester's technology sector is set to increase, then SFO makes more sense - plenty of scope for business travel to the companies around the Bay Area that they tend to work with. At the moment, engineers in Manchester have to head to LHR for meetings in Silicon Valley. Heck, even Bristol Airport could support a few flights a week to SFO (we have enough semiconductor industry here!)
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In terms on industry-industry links, then, MAN-SFO would be preferential. There are more origin and destination on SFO than LAX too.

If SFO were to happen, then, United are the best bet (indeed, 2 years ago United said in a press release that MAN-SFO was the next logical step for them in terms of new routes).
Other than that, Thomas Cook or Norwegian to Oakland would be the other outside chances.

In terms of West Coast however, Los Angeles is the most likely. It has a higher chance of connecting passengers to the Hawaiian isles and coast cities (only a small amount of backtracking for some routes like LAS etc, and not like people don't do it in the Euro end travelling MAN-Germany/Holland/France-USA).

LAX also has more rumours against it. Virgin/Delta seriously looking into MAN-LAX, and, its well known that Thomas Cook has Los Angeles as a MAN direct destination but with no flights bookable yet.
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