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Seems the last thread is gone, so I'll start a new one.

Today is the 20th anniversasry of the plane crash at Manchester airport that killed 55 people.

This crash led to many improvements in plane saftey that we all take for granted today.

The MEN is carrying this story...

http://www.manchesteronline.co.uk/men/news/s/170/170774_manchester_air_disaster_20_years_on.html

Manchester air disaster: 20 years on

FAMILIES and friends of the 55 people who died in the Manchester air disaster were due to gather at the airport today to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragedy.

Survivors and representatives from the emergency services were also due to attend the private memorial service for the passengers and crew.

The catastrophe happened when the Boeing 737 flying in the colours of British Airtours, was heading down the runway ready to take off with holidaymakers bound for Corfu.

It was travelling at 140mph when the port engine exploded and debris punctured the wing and a fuel tank.

The plane's captain was able to abort take off and, following procedure, turned the plane off the runway towards the fire station.

But the change of direction meant that the flames quickly spread to the rear of the aircraft.

The way the seats were arranged around the emergency exits impeded the attempts to evacuate the plane as deadly fumes soon spread and the rear escape chutes could not be operated.

Firemen were at the scene within minutes and many of the people sliding down the two front chutes on the aircraft were smothered in foam being used to put out the flames. Eighty two people managed to escape but 55 others, including two cabin crew, were killed.

William Beckett's daughter Sarah, 18, was flying by herself for the first time and was due to take a job as a nanny when she died in the tragedy.

Trauma

Mr Beckett, 59, from Sheffield, said: "When you take one person away from the family it leaves a huge void and the whole chemistry of the family changes. It is desperately difficult to adjust and to come to terms with. You manage, but it's always there."

Mr Beckett, who has three other grown-up children, revealed that he was nearly involved in a head-on crash as he drove Sarah to the airport on that fateful day. He said: "I sometimes think what might have happened if we had crashed and been unable to get to the airport."

The family trauma was made worse in the aftermath as Sarah's death was not officially confirmed until five days after the crash.

One air hostess, Joanna Toff, dragged passengers to safety from the blazing aircraft. She was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for bravery after crawling to reach choking passengers and drag them to the escape chute of the wreck.

The former stewardess - who has since married and is now Joanna Caston - saved many passengers, including a young girl who was trampled underfoot in the stampede to escape.

She lives in France but was due to fly in for the service.

Survivor Lindsay Davies, of Sale, 44, said: "It has changed my life but very positively. I am the most outgoing, optimistic, laid back and happy person. I realise you could be there one minute and gone the next."

Geoff Muirhead, chief executive of Manchester Airport Group said: "Today we should remember the people who lost their lives 20 years ago and our thoughts are with their relatives, the survivors of the incident and the people involved in the rescue operation on that day - many of whom are due to attend a special remembrance service at Manchester Airport.

"Aviation remains the safest form of public transport because the industry continues to make safety its highest priority."
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Aside from a big wall next to Frankie and Bennys!
Not really much to see inside at the moment - the new terminal and pier are to be completed before the existing building is touched (the West Pier demolition aside)
Give it time !
Aside from a big wall next to Frankie and Bennys!
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Don’t get me wrong; the speed this is moving at is surprising.
Give it time !
Its amazing, also we should remember this is one of the biggest Civil Engineering Projects in the UK at the moment.
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I know. I thought it would move at a snails pace (like HS2) but its leaping ahead!! I was pretty shocked at how far ahead it was when I saw pics for the first time the last month.
Don’t get me wrong; the speed this is moving at is surprising.
Just had an email from the airport:
Subject:Clocks go back this weekend, so why not jet off this summer? Flights from £35 per person...

Nicely sums the airport up imo.
To think the first steel in the ground for the whole project was only six months ago. Perhaps April 2019 for pier one operational is a tad pessimistic unless the connector to current T2/ new T2 frontage will take more time.

Does anyone know if they plan on having a temporary elevated walkway from the link pier to the old terminal building or do they plan on having the new terminal frontage finished for next year too?
I know. I thought it would move at a snails pace (like HS2) but its leaping ahead!! I was pretty shocked at how far ahead it was when I saw pics for the first time the last month.
A Superb Recent Update from Scottie Dog...The £1bn TP Moves At Pace

We now move forward to 20th February for the next update:-


The end of Pier 1 (now partially clad)and the link bridge down to the end Node



General view from T1 multi-story car park across to Pier 1



View down airside front of T2 to Pier 1



Now across to Terminal 2 and a view down the outside of Pier 1 with 6 Nodes visible



The interior of Pier 1 having some fitting-out done



Detail of cladding on Pier 1



The Node at the extreme end of Pier 1 - with link bridge still on the ground



4 Tower cranes start to make their presence felt beyond Pier 1



The 'right-angle' turn on the Link/Connector - it can be seen coming from the area of T2 and heading off to Pier 1 to the right



The initial steel work for the terminal extension starts to make an appearance beyond the blue crane jib



Detail of the junction of the Link/Connector with Pier 1



Installation of the steel frame around the concrete lift shaft in a Node



General view across to Pier 1



Tower cranes start to dominate the skyline



More detail of the Nodes on the outside (West) of Pier 1



Looking down the landside of the Link/Connector


Steel work for the Terminal 2 extension starts to grow, whilst the new multi-story car park rises in the foreground.[/QUOTE

To bring us up to date these photos were taken yesterday (20th March):-


5 Tower cranes now look down on Terminal 2



Pier1 now becomes more solid as cladding is added



The end of Pier 1 complete with a number of Nodes



Link bridge from the end of Pier 1 to the Node is now beng installed



The 6 Nodes down the outside of Pier 1 - a month since the last udate



Work continues on the Link/Connector



Terminal 2 steel work has almost doubled in area



Another view of the T2 extension



Looking down the Link/Connector, with cladding appearing on the airside



Steel work around the Nodes on the outside of Pier 1



I noticed that some of the Nodes have their link bridges set at an angle



Hard to see from here but the crane count is now 5 plus



Steel work for the Terminal 2 extension is now growing rapidly



Compared with a month ago this has grown considerably






The Tower cranes now total 6 - if you include the one being erected on the right



Link/Connector - for scale see the man on the first floor



Lean Mix concrete being laid for new taxiway Lima



More work on Taxiway Lima at the end of Pier 1



General view of Pier 1 - taken from Staff West






A slightly better, and less cluttered, view of Pier 1


Hopefully my next update will be around mid-April
Iraqi Airways look to be going 2 weekly with Baghdad on Saturdays and Sulimanyah on Sundays.

Great as it is to see, bizarre MAN is an airport that has more flights to Baghdad than Bordeaux!

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VLM airlines look to be starting 12 weekly Antwerp and 6 weekly Ostend from the end of May:

VO121 ANR 0730 MAN 0825
VO124 MAN 1330 ANR 1615
Daily Ex-Sun

VO127 ANR 1655 MAN 1750
VO128 MAN 1825 MAN 2110
Daily Ex-Sat

VO222 MAN 0905 OST 1150
VO223 OST 1210 MAN 1300
Daily Ex-Sun (operates a W pattern between VG121/124)

Airline uses the Fokker 50

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Vueling will add a second flight to Barcelona on Monday evenings from July, making 8 weekly overall. Still well down on what they offered last summer, but every little helps

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A few rumours knocking about long haul in the next 12 months, fingers crossed they happen.
"Ryanair launch new daily route from Belfast to Manchester"

"Ryanair has launched a new daily route from Belfast to Manchester from today, March 25.

This is one of 14 Ryanair summer routes operating from the Irish airport.

To mark the launch, the airline have offered reduced fares for flights during the months of March, April and May.

A spokesperson for Ryanair, Chiara Ravara said: "We’re pleased to officially launch our new daily service from Belfast to Manchester.

"To celebrate the start of this new route, we are releasing seats on sale from €15, for travel in March, April and May, which are only available for booking on the Ryanair.com website until midnight Friday (30th March).

"Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com now and avoid missing out.""

https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/cheap-flights-belfast-manchester-ryanair-12250557
Does anyone know why the new Pier 1 wasn't extended even further with additional airbridges? It seems such a waste to chop it off at its current point.

Given the angle and distance of the furthest bridge I’d hazard that it’s as big as they think they need vs cost. Short sighted admittedly. Much like what seems to be skipping pier 2 and going direct to pier 3 (unless pre clearance is holding up number 2)
Does anyone know why the new Pier 1 wasn't extended even further with additional airbridges? It seems such a waste to chop it off at its current point.

I thought Pier C was going, it looks like staying at the time projection above?
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Depending which day of the week it is depends on which art is shown.

As I understand it, certainly at the moment Pier C minus the 1986 satellite is proposed to remain in the short term and connect into the end of the new Pier 4. This would be the quick solution to link terminal 3 to terminal 2 via the retained southern front of terminal one (and a new pier B)
I thought Pier C was going, it looks like staying at the time projection above?
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I know the whole point of this massive project is to be more efficient for the future increasing space for passenger number, extra gates etc... Will it however be aesthetically pleasing? The renders and some cladding so far seem to be very grey and blah. A billion pounds is going into this right?
Not particularly stunning on the outside, pretty stunning on the inside.
Indeed.. the exterior is already looking rather bland to be honest. The mistmatch of styles is going to make it look like current T1 from the day it opens.

The works are budgeted at 800 million. That includes two new multi stories, roads and infrastructure, airport-wide taxiways, aprons, air bridges, baggage handling, 1993 T2 remodelling plus everything inside the new terminal building. It’s quite a lot to pay for.
I know the whole point of this massive project is to be more efficient for the future increasing space for passenger number, extra gates etc... Will it however be aesthetically pleasing? The renders and some cladding so far seem to be very grey and blah. A billion pounds is going into this right?
Manchester Statistics - February 2018 (Part 1)

Destinations that are either new (no passengers since my records started in January 2005), or have not been served for a number of years - if the latter then the month and year of the last service is shown.

Enfidha (Tunisia) has reappeared for the first time since July 2015 with 1,036 passengers.

One domestic statistic are currently missing from the CAA report for February.

Belfast City and Inverness are yet to provide figures

Total passengers for these routes in February 2017 were 25,350

Moving monthly and annual figures - based on CAA statistics/MAG statistics

Monthly passengers - 1,681,406 +1.30%
Annual Total - 3,346,029
Moving Annual Total - 27,811,759 + 6.85%

Monthly Movements - 13,006 -1.80%
Annual Movements - 26,544
Moving Annual Movements - 202,990 + 4.02%


Manchester Statistics - February 2018 (Part 2)

Top 25 destinations - by passenger numbers

AMSTERDAM..................................... 83,709
DUBAI................................................ 82,322
DUBLIN.............................................. 78,479
TENERIFE (SURREINA SOFIA)............. 60,417
HEATHROW....................................... 52,990
PARIS (CHARLES DE GAULLE)............. 44,936
ALICANTE........................................... 39,112
FRANKFURT....................................... 38,445
ABU DHABI......................................... 37,078
ARRICIFE............................................ 36,406
GENEVA............................................. 32,084
MUNICH............................................. 25,564
BERLIN (SCHONEFELD)....................... 25,455
DOHA................................................. 25,369
COPENHAGEN.................................... 25,142
KEFLAVIK............................................ 24,693
MALAGA............................................ 24,072
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL.................. 23,636
FUERTAVENTURA............................... 22,226
LAS PALMAS....................................... 21,372
BARCELONA....................................... 19,349
BRIDGETOWN.................................... 19,252
BRUSSELS........................................... 18,352
ISTANBUL........................................... 17,958
ISLAMABAD........................................ 16,278


CAA statistics for February are provisional.



Manchester Statistics - February 2018 (Part 3)

Top 25 destinations with highest percentage increase.

Destination......................................Total Pax....Schedule Pax....Charter Pax....Percentage change
COLOGNE.......................................... 12,744........... 12,744.................... 0.................. 264.635
BANJUL............................................... 4,899............. 4,899..................... 0.................. 241.394
NEW YORK (JFK)................................ 13,005........... 13,005..................... 0................. 153.905
AGADIR............................................... 7,206............. 7,206..................... 0.................. 145.019
ST LUCIA............................................. 2,219.............. 2,219..................... 0................. 108.749
PERPIGNAN........................................... 296..................... 0................. 296.................. 92.2078
BOURNEMOUTH................................... 178..................... 0................. 178.................. 91.3979
TORONTO.......................................... 2,864............... 2,864.................... 0.................. 62.6349
TROMSO............................................... 418..................... 0................. 418.................. 45.6446
FRANKFURT..................................... 38,445............ 38,445..................... 0.................. 45.3827
GLASGOW......................................... 4,503.............. 4,503...................... 0.................. 44,2345
GOA................................................. 12,799.............. 9,383............... 3,416................. 42.1164
HURGHADA..................................... 14,076............ 14,076...................... 0................. 40.7882
STAVANGER...................................... 2,260............... 2,260...................... 0................ 35.899
HONG KONG................................... 13,532............. 13,532...................... 0................ 34.5664
BASLE................................................ 9,162............... 8,572.................. 590................ 30.55
OPORTO............................................ 3,921............... 3,084.................. 837................ 29.8774
HELSINKI............................................ 9,802............ 10,327....................... 0............... 27.636
CHAMBERY........................................ 6,633.............. 1,152................ 5,481............... 27,705
IRELAND WEST.................................. 1,750.............. 1,750....................... ................. 24.5552
BILLUND............................................ 2,266.............. 2,266....................... 0............... 24.0964
ISTANBUL........................................ 17,958............ 17,788................... 170............... 21.8483
BUDAPEST....................................... 12,147............ 12,147....................... 0............... 21.7989
SALZBURG......................................... 8,274.............. 5,178................ 3,096............... 19.6183
KEFLAVIK......................................... 24,693............ 22,034................ 2,659.................18.1936


CAA statistics for February are provisional.



Manchester Statistics - February 2018 (Part 4)

Figures for the European and long haul destinations that I consider to be the main points for our connecting traffic.

Foreign_airport……..Total_Pax 2017……..Total Pax 2018……% change
VIENNA………………….. 5,945……….…………….. 5,984……………….. +0.65601
BRUSSELS……………… 16,431……………………. 18,352……………….. +11.6913
BEIJING………………….. 6,711………………….….. 5,541.………………. -17.4341
PRAGUE………………… 12,950……………………. 14,742…….…………. +13.8378
COPENHAGEN………. 23,941……………………. 25,142……………….. +4.88507
HELSINKI………………... 7,588…………….……….. 9,802………………… +29.1776
PARIS (CDG)………….. 45,786…………………… 44,936……………..... -1.85646
DUSSELDORF………… 18,187………..…………. 16,116……..………… -11.3873
FRANKFURT MAIN… 26,444……………………. 38,445….…………… +45.3827
MUNICH……………….. 27,419..…………………. 25,564………………. -6.76538
HONG KONG……….… 10,056….………………… 13,532.……….……. +34.5664
KEFLAVIK……………….. 20,892……………….….. 24,693….………….. +18.1936
DUBLIN………………….. 78,793………………….. 78,479………..…….. -0.39851
MILAN (MALPENSA).. 11,415…………………. 11,321……………….. -0.83032
ROME (FIUMICINO)….. 7,261..……………. …..7,571……………….. +4.26938
AMSTERDAM………….. 75,212………….…….. 83,709.…………….... +11.2974
ISLAMABAD……………. 16,477..……………..… 16,278….……………. -1.20774
LISBON…………………… 15,430………………….. 14,398………..…….. -6.68827
DOHA…………………….. 26,729…………………… 25,369…………..….. -5.08811
JEDDAH…………………... 8,063…………………….. 8,489….……………. +5.28339
SINGAPORE……………… 6,584…………………….. 6,300……………….. -4.31349
MADRID…………………. 11,878………………….. 10,534…..…………... -11.315
STOCKHOLM (ARN)… 13,879………………….. 12,713..………………. -8.40118
GENEVA…………………. 33,510………………….. 32,552….………....... -2.85885
ZURICH………………….. 11,564………………….. 13,285…………………. +14.8824
ABU DHABI…………….. 33,671……………….…. 37,078…..…………... +10.1185
DUBAI…………………….. 81,066.…………………. 82,322………………... +1.54936
ATLANTA………………… 10,335…….……………... 5,840…………………. -43.493
CHICAGO…..……………………. 0……………………………. 0..………………. +0.00
HOUSTON………………… 3,542……………………. 3,249…………………. -8.27216
NEW YORK (JFK)……….. 5,122………………….. 13,005…………..……. +153.905
NEW YORK (NEWARK) 8,312….…………………. 8,275..………………. -0.44514
PHILADELPHIA…………. 7,703…………………….. 8,250……..…………. +7.10113
HEATHROW……………. 54,278…………………… 52,990……….….……. -2.37297


CAA statistics for February are provisional.



Manchester Statistics - February 2018 (Part 5)

Comparison of top 25 destinations - February 2008 versus February 2018

Foreign airport...........................February-08...........February-18
HEATHROW....................................... 73,464..................... 52,990
TENERIFE (SURREINA SOFIA)............ 67,896...................... 60,417
DUBLIN.............................................. 57,208..................... 78,479
DUBAI................................................ 42,841..................... 82,322
PARIS (CHARLES DE GAULLE)............ 40,296...................... 44,936
AMSTERDAM..................................... 38,502..................... 83,709
ALICANTE.......................................... 36,881...................... 39,112
ARRECIFE........................................... 32,795...................... 36,406
MALAGA............................................ 32,743...................... 24,702
SHARM EL SHEIK................................ 30,874...................... 0
GATWICK........................................... 29,255...................... 0
FRANKFURT....................................... 27,975...................... 38,445
ORLANDO.......................................... 27,325...................... 14,864
GENEVA............................................. 22,937...................... 32,552
EDINBURGH....................................... 20,422...................... 7,484
LAS PALMAS...................................... 19,156....................... 21,372
BELFAST CITY..................................... 18,789...................... TBA
BRIDGETOWN.................................... 18,338...................... 19,252
ISLAMABAD........................................ 17,841..................... 16,278
CHICAGO (O'HARE)............................ 17,298...................... 0
PAPHOS............................................. 16,323....................... 13,398
NEW YORK (NEWARK)....................... 15,967....................... 8,275
COPENHAGEN.................................... 15,385....................... 25,142
FARO.................................................. 15,331....................... 11,590
SALZBURG.......................................... 15,042....................... 8,274


CAA statistics for February are provisional.



Manchester Statistics - February 2018 (Part 6)

Major changes to Domestic traffic

Edinburgh - 7,484 +7.62151%
Exeter- 9,393 + 6.93306%
Glasgow - 4,503 +44.2345%
Heathrow- 52,990 -2.37297%
Isle of Man - 12,007 +4.76398%
Newquay - 4,327 +11.3771%
Norwich - 1,397 -37.6896%
Southampton - 16,112 +0.14295%


CAA statistics for February are provisional



Manchester Statistics - February 2018 (Part 7)

An extra list for interest only - some destinations with annual carriage (March 2017-February 2018)

Amsterdam - 1,050,878
Dubai - 990,172
Dublin - 972,207
Alicante - 869,423
Tenerife (Surreina Sofia) - 859,131
Palma - 743,718
Malaga - 675,967
Heathrow - 659,941
Paris (Charles de Gaulle) - 628,060
Heathrow is essentially meaningless to Manchester now. Paris to overtake this year so with Paris/Dublin/Amsterdam in Europe all hubbing options are covered outside London for sure. I really do not understand why Manchester and the other regionals do not protest about the Heathrow expansion ££ being state funded: the place is an irrelevance to Manchester... 650,000 out of 29mppa.
An extra list for interest only - some destinations with annual carriage (March 2017-February 2018)

Amsterdam - 1,050,878
Dubai - 990,172
Dublin - 972,207
Alicante - 869,423
Tenerife (Surreina Sofia) - 859,131
Palma - 743,718
Malaga - 675,967
Heathrow - 659,941
Paris (Charles de Gaulle) - 628,060
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Obviously isn`t as it is still in top 10 and we have not even reached 28M yet it is still 4th busiest business destination
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