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Old December 14th, 2014, 11:14 AM   #101
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Next stop: Mainland China, say Airport bosses

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Manchester Airport bosses have nailed their goal of a non-stop flight to Hong Kong – and they could be on a roll.

Charlie Cornish, chief executive for MAG, has revealed they are in the very final stages of securing a direct route to mainland China.

And he hopes passengers will be able to board a service to Beijing early next year.

He said: “Flying from the north-west to Hong Kong, 130,000 people make that journey every year.

“From the north-west to Beijing it’s about 150,000 and there are a similar number to Shanghai.

“Will will hopefully secure a new route into Beijing in the course of the next few months, we are in the final stages so are hopeful it will happen next year.”

Ahead of the Hong Kong flight, airport chiefs - backed by council leaders - had named securing a Far East flight service as their top strategic goal and had been working on a deal for more than three years.

And closing in on a second deal for a separate direct service to Chinese capital Beijing would be yet another coup for Manchester Airport.
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Old December 15th, 2014, 12:22 PM   #102
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MAN Longhaul Departures

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Worldrep has compiled the following ...
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Decided to do a 'typical long haul departures board' for MAN, not a bad offering at all. Obviously some days of operation change, but, looks healthy:

0815 TS256 Toronto
0910 TCX848 New York JFK
0910 SQ327 Singapore
0915 TOM106 Puerto Vallarta
0925 EY16 Abu Dhabi
0925 UA80 Newark
0930 TCX136 Cancun
0930 AA55 Chicago
0930 AA211 New York JFK
0935 TCX125 Las Vegas
0935 PK711 New York JFK
0935 TCX858 Miami
0940 TOM156 Cancun
0950 TCX108 Montego Bay
1000 TOM149 Montego Bay
1000 EK22 Dubai
1045 TOM245 Orlando
1100 VS74 Orlando
1100 AA735 Philadelphia
1100 UA101 Washington
1145 VS109 Atlanta
1115 TK1994 Istanbul*
1200 AC1930 Toronto
1200 TS245 Vancouver
1200 DL235 New York JFK
1200 TS215 Calgary
1200 CX358 Hong Kong
1200 SV124 Jeddah
1235 VS85 Las Vegas
1235 TCX840 Orlando
1320 VS77 Bridgetown
1325 VS76 Orlando
1355 QR24 Doha
1355 EK18 Dubai
1605 TK1996 Istanbul*
1810 PK710 Lahore
1930 QR26 Doha
1945 HU433 Beijing
2100 EK20 Dubai
2100 PK702 Islamabad
2105 EY22 Abu Dhabi

*Istanbul obviously not long haul, but, do use widebodies and is considered a valuable airline to have at your airport.

0900-1000 and 1200-1300 looks like long haul power hours
So all in all MAN Longhaul looks excellent for next year, certainly a list that would be the envy of many cities around the world.
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Old December 15th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #103
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So all in all MAN Longhaul looks excellent for next year, certainly a list that would be the envy of many cities around the world.
TCX to Barbados / Antigua. Or Barbados / St Lucia missing, not been dropped have they?
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Old December 15th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #104
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Not as far as I know...will check
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Manchester Airport | Updates



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With over 20m annual passengers, Manchester's Airport is the third largest in the UK, and is triple the size of the next largest non-London UK airport. It features three terminals and two runways, and a rail station with links to Central Manchester and the rest of the North of England.

The Airport is currently undergoing a boom, with annual passenger increases of 7%. At this rate, it'll easily be handling 50m passengers by 2029.

This is just a little update of all the things currently ongoing at the Airport - including plans to completely rebuild it and expand capacity.



New Routes

World_rep on the Manchester forums has done an excellent summary list:

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So, given all that's gone on lately, time for my periodic 'what's new' update:

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......


There are also two new routes announced today:
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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


Manchester have also recently become the first airport outside of London to secure a direct link to China (Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong). Now, bosses are confident they can start securing more and more routes to mainland China.
With all the long-haul routes coming online in 2015, and the fact that largely-domestic carrier FlyBe has their hub at Manchester, we could see Manchester becoming somewhat of a UK hub in years to come: particularly with all the capacity restraints currently ongoing at Heathrow in London.




Airport City

Airport City Manchester is a proposed £800 million expansion of Manchester Airport. The plan is to create on-site logistics, manufacturing, office and leisure facilities. Manchester Airport will become the first airport in the United Kingdom to build an airport city.

Basically a large office park next to the Airport.

Fully funded by the Chinese, and already under construction. A few large units have already been taken up.






As well as Airport City, the World Freight Center nearby is undergoing a massive expansion with huge new industrial sheds being constructed.







Expansion of the Ground Transit Terminal

Manchester's Metrolink Light Rail network was recently expanded to the Airport - opening last month.







As well as the Metrolink, Network Rail are also adding an additional platform to the station to improve capacity.

In addition, there is a long-term plan to bring High Speed Rail to Manchester Airport, which will see the construction of an HSR station on-site. This will give access to Birmingham and London, as well as points north - and Central Manchester will be accessed in under 10 minutes via a new 8-mile long rail tunnel under the city.






Plans to rebuild the Airport

Recently there have been rumours about plans to completely demolish terminals at the Airport and rebuild them. Some of the terminals at Manchester are approaching 50 years old now and appear outdated.

Coyote, quoted below, is a reliable source on the Manchester forums who attended an event where the plans for the Airport were released.

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Haha, my 'paint' skills are naff to be honest!
It's to be a phased scheme all being done by 2022.

In essence, T2 will double in size and become a 'mega terminal'. The 'pier' aspect of T2 is extended westwards towards the Staff West/T2 long stay car park access road and makes a 90 degree turn to form a 'finger'. Two more 'fingers' are added to T2 going out towards the cargo centre. Staff West/T2 long stay become contact stands for the furthest 'finger'. T2 is extended eastwards around the apron to connect with T1.

T1 is entirely demolished, except for the gates. Where the terminal used to be becomes 'Europes largest multi-story car park'. Pier C (thanks Marni!) is also completely demolished. Which allows for duel taxi-ways.

T3 remains as a focus for the low cost operators. The T3 mini-pier which extends out towards the runways (where the BMI A330 would usually park up) is also demoished. I think, again from the plans, this is done to allow again for duel taxi-ways.


Pretty much all the grass bits on the current apron are gone to make way for extra stands. Taxi ways around the T2 fingers will be wide enough to allow two narrowbodies to taxi past each other but only one widebody.

The plans are really impressive and, I was sat there thinking, the first time iv'e seen the airport take an almost Changi like vision of the future, ie..planning so far in advance!


There have been no renders released yet, however we're now at the stage where it does look as though a full-scale rebuild of the airport is looking likely.


Uomo on the Manchester forums illustrated what Coyote was explaining:





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All in all, a bright future for the gateway to our City Region!
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Old December 16th, 2014, 03:00 PM   #106
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Great update...many thanks VDB
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Old December 16th, 2014, 08:14 PM   #107
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TCX to Barbados / Antigua. Or Barbados / St Lucia missing, not been dropped have they?

Halfy, These are Winter routes. fear not

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Old December 17th, 2014, 11:42 AM   #108
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Ryanair Announce Flights to Stuttgart

[QUOTE=world_rep;119947327]Ryanair to start Stuttgart from April 4th.

Daily ex-Sat, Stuttgart is a new airport for Ryanair, with Manchester its only link.

Stuttgart has been unnserved since Lufthansa/Germanwings dropped it last year.

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Ryanair Extends Manchester Summer 2015 Schedule With New Stuttgart Route

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (17 Dec) announced further extension to its Manchester summer 2015 schedule with a new route to Stuttgart in Germany, which will operate six times weekly from 2nd April. This is in addition to 2 new summer 2015 routes to Eindhoven and Shannon (38 routes in total) and extra flights to/from Alicante, Lisbon and Madrid, which will deliver 2.7m customers p.a. and support 2,700* “on-site” jobs at Manchester Airport.

Ryanair’s new Manchester-Stuttgart route goes on sale on the Ryanair.com website tomorrow, at fares starting from just £24.99 for travel in April, May and June, which are available for booking until midnight Thursday (18 Dec).

In Manchester, Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Maria Macken said:

“Ryanair is pleased to announce further extension to our summer 2015 schedule at Manchester with a new route to Stuttgart in Germany, our 188th airport, which goes on sale on the Ryanair.com website tomorrow. Ryanair’s new Stuttgart route will operate six times weekly from 2nd April.

UK consumers already choose Ryanair for our low fares, industry leading customer service and great route choice. Now they can also book their flights even earlier on our improved website and great new app, carry a free small 2nd carry-on bag, enjoy allocated seats, avail of our new Family Extra and Business Plus services, and use their personal electronic devices at all stages of their flight, as Ryanair continues to deliver so much more than just the lowest fares.

To celebrate, we are launching a sale on our Stuttgart-Manchester route, with seats available from just £24.99 for travel in April, May and June, which must be booked by midnight Thursday (18 Dec). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

- See more at: http://corporate.ryanair.com
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Old December 20th, 2014, 11:41 AM   #110
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Plans submitted for 260,000 sq ft Airport City warehouse

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Hundreds of jobs will be created by the giant warehouse, to be developed by Manchester Airports Group and logistics specialist Stoford


Hundreds of jobs will be created by a giant warehouse project at Manchester Airport.

Plans have been submitted by Manchester Airports Group and logistics specialist Stoford for a 260,000 sq ft hub at the £800m Airport City scheme.

Stoford said it is working on behalf of an unnamed ‘international investor’ on the project, which it is hoped will secured planning permission in the New Year.

Lynda Shillaw, MAG’s divisional property chief executive, said: “In response to growing market demand for logistics and industrial property we are progressing this development with Stoford by submitting an outline planning permission for the site at Airport City South.

“We will provide specific details about the development in due course.”

Plans lodged with Manchester council say the project would include a large warehouse building, with a three-storey office building and 180 car and 45 lorry parking spaces.

The scheme is part of Airport City South, which sits at the heart of Greater Manchester’s Enterprise Zone, meaning firms locating there can benefit from business rate reductions and other perks.

In 2012, outline permission was secured for a £100m World Logistics Hub, which the latest plans form part of. DHL has already agreed to take a 37,308 sq ft base, where it will locate 150 staff.

The overall World Logistics Hub is 1.4m sq ft and it sits between the M56 and the A538 Wilmslow Road, next to the World Freight Terminal.

The overall project will create 1,800 jobs and, given the size and scale of the latest plans, several hundred roles are likely to be supported there.
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Jet2 to Operate A330

Jet2 will lease an Air Asia X A330 for next Summer, the aircraft comes on line from May and will operate to services to Alicante, Paphos, Tenerife, Dalaman, Palma and Bodrum.


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Flybe to Lyon

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Flybe is operating a weekly winter flight to Lyon (started 20 Dec)
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Manchester's passenger numbers rise again

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MANCHESTER Airport had another strong month in November as passenger numbers rose 5.7% to 1.38 million.The airport, which is number three in the UK in terms of passenger volumes behind Heathrow and Gatwick, is this month set to top its all-time record of 22 million passengers per year. So far in 2014, 21,871,947 passengers have jetted out of Manchester. The top five international routes are Palma, Dalaman, Dubai, Tenerife and Dublin.The growth also comes just days after the airport’s owner, MAG, announced the payment of...

full story at http://www.thebusinessdesk.com

So looks like we are going to hit the 22 Million Number very shortly...more to follow in 2015
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There have been 3 A380's at MAN today.

The EK21/22 morning flight, normally a B777 was an A380, the usual EK17/18 flight A380 is en route, and, an A380 has been on the ground since yesterday due to a suspected engine fire.

Not a bad Christmas day at MAN!
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Virgin Atlantic to add summer capacity...


LEISURE airline Virgin Atlantic is to boost capacity from Manchester to Orlando and Las Vegas for summer 2015. To meet high demand to two of its most popular destinations, the airline is adding 24 additional flights to Orlando and Las Vegas, equating to more than 8,000 additional departure seats for the summer season. Virgin Atlantic is adding a second daily flight from Manchester to Orlando on Thursdays and Sundays during July and August. There will be a total of 12 additional return flights over the school summer holidays and thi..

full story...http://www.thebusinessdesk.com
Virgin will add an A340-600 aircraft to add capacity....In addition to the 744`s already plying the Atlantic.

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Old December 26th, 2014, 07:49 PM   #116
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A summary of the Virgin/Delta operation at MAN

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Virgin to use the A340-600 on the new Vegas flight too. A bit geeky but its my favourite aircraft type and very rarely makes it into the regions, especially Virgins birds.

Tuesdays now sees Virgin/Delta use 1xA340-600, 2xB747-400, 1xA330-300 and 1xB757-200.

The Virgin/Delta tie up has done wonders for MAN.
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Flybe Ups Flights MAN-AMS

Flybe will add an extra flight Mon-Fri from 2nd Feb 2015, an early morning dep 07.50 arrs 10.25 local, great for long weekends...
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This means MAN-AMS is now 10 daily on weekdays (2 from Flybe, 2 from Easyjet and 6 from KLM).

That's some serious capacity for a Euro-route!
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Icelandair Additional Flights MAN-KEF...

Icelandair will adjust the number of flight operating MAN-KEF over the next few months to meet increased demand..

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Icelandair B757-200 (WL) (reg. TF-FIO)



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Icelandair currently operate 3 weekly, Mon/Wed/Fri and increase to 4 weekly in Feb (new Sun flight)

It goes back to 3 weekly july-Sep, then 4 weekly from Sept 8th, and a short period in October sees 5 weekly.

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