|KLM morning flight from Amsterdam on |
the ground at Manston
This is what flying should be like -- informal yet efficient. This KLM service will be withdrawn in about two weeks time, leaving Kent International Airport with no scheduled flights.
|Manston before the airport, 1908.|
|Manston now has an airport. |
Air Ministry map 1922.
Towards the end of the Second World War, Manston airfield was converted into an emergency landing ground for damaged bombers returning from operations over the Continent. At enormous expense a concrete runway was built of 3,000 yards in length and 250 yards wide. (A 'yard' is British and neater than a metre.) And this is the problem with Kent International Airport. The runway is too tempting an asset to be left unused but whichever map you look at, the airport is still in the bottom right corner of England and the flight path passes over a seaside holiday town of about 40,000 souls. Aircraft are noisier than in 1916 and Ramsgate is more extensive.
|Map on the floor of the concourse, |
Manston, sorry, Kent International Airport
Is the map on the floor of the concourse of Kent International Airport a statement of where they would like to fly to?
I suspect it is wishful thinking.