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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Horse business

I seen Manston airport is about to become a horse-importing airport, according to this story on the BBC site.

Ostensibly to offer a service for the Olympics, the £250,000 investment seems to be expecting a lot from a few short weeks next year, so maybe there's other expected uses - Chinese live Panda imports perhaps... 'Normal' meat for food brought in 'on the hoof' can't be economic as air freight can it? Maybe it's about horse racing... Still, the management team at the airport must have a good idea of potential clients for the new service. Mustn't they?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The drug imports seem to have been stopped perhaps it's a Trojan horse for imigrants.
Stargazer.

David Redfern said...

Infratil run a very profitable stables facility at Prestwick, and have been considering this for some time now. It seems a good idea

Anonymous said...

surely any new cargo is to be welcome to manston go for it, it can only be good for us all in the long run

Anonymous said...

surely any new cargo is to be welcome to manston go for it, it can only be good for us all in the long run

ZumiWeb said...

If there's money to be made in livestock air freight I'm all for it, just one of those obscure specialties that seem baffling at first sight.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Horse Transport is big business, good for Thanet and Manston hopefully.

Anonymous said...

lets hope its not another not in my back yard issue for those who dont want the airport to expand at any cost

ascu75 aka Don said...

Anon1:50 PM you will never stop the nimby's Manston suffers from them all the time. Even people living in Herne Bay moan about Manton, personally I love it and think it is a far better option than Boris's island in the sea idea. The chap is mad. Now with the fast train link from Ramsgate Manston is less than an hour from London.

Anonymous said...

aka don lets hope the nimby people dont win manston is far better than boris island all ready half built just needs updating a bit anon 1.50 28/01/2011

Anonymous said...

aka don lets hope the nimby people dont win manston is far better than boris island all ready half built just needs updating a bit anon 1.50 28/01/2011

ZumiWeb said...

I think most would like to see a successful Manston, ideally with a nice mix of freight (for the employment and trade benefits) and useful travel destinations (for the tourism opportunities and another way to market the area). We got a bit fed up with the training flights when we were living in Ramsgate, but apart from that enjoyed the sight of aircraft doing their thing. Issues with night flying and environmental issues with contamination do need addressing, but nothing that can't be resolved by a modern business (and probably resolved more easily if it's successful).

Bluenote said...

With the Thanet Labour group seeking to win the Manston nimby vote, hence their recent anti-Manston stance, things do not look too hopeful. Should they win Thanet Council back in May, highly probable arising out of the cuts programme of the government, hope for a flourishing regional airport will vanish.

Sad really that an area's prosperity should be sacrificed in the cause of political point scoring.