Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Manchester airport in for the long haul

A host of new long-haul scheduled destinations is expected to flash on the departures board at Manchester Airport this year and next as bosses look to the east and west for expansion.
They are hopeful of securing routes to Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, and to Nairobi this year, and are in talks about flights from 2008 to China, India and parts of the US not currently served directly.
The M.E.N. also understands airport chiefs are in discussion with representatives from Qantas, Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines, South African Airways and Sri Lankan Airlines.
Air India ran services to Bombay for several years, but there is demand for a resumption of links to the north west.
Four carriers are in talks about launching flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai next year.
Across the Atlantic, Manchester Airport narrowly missed out on a Northwest Airlines service to Detroit last year, but the carrier is looking to expand in the UK and could revive its plans, while United Airlines is looking at the possibility of flights to Los Angeles or San Francisco.
22/01/07 Kevin Feddy/Manchester Evening News, UK