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Flybe to quit Manston Airport

Flybe has announced its withdrawal from Kent’s Manston airport at the end of March.

The carrier currently operates flights from Manston to Edinburgh, and has previously offered services from the airport to Manchester.

But in a statement the carrier said it would cease operations on March 25, adding:

“Our ongoing commitment to Manston has been reliant on the success of the Edinburgh service that we launched in May 2010. 

"Despite extensive marketing of this route both in Scotland and throughout south-east England, the challenging economic environment with which we are all faced has meant passenger numbers remain at unsustainable levels, and are insufficient to financially justify its continued operation."

Cityjet operates seasonal services from Manston to Jersey, and Swedish charter carrier Tor Air also operates seasonal flights to destinations including Dubrovnik and Naples.

Located northeast of Canterbury, and around a mile from the Kent coastline, the airport is also the base for several cargo operations.,

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