25 JULY 2011
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Newly crowned Open Champion 2011 Darren Clarke, was one of the last to fly out from Manston last Monday (19 July), heading back home to Belfast to continue the celebrations after his victory at the nearby Royal St George’s golf course in Sandwich.
His departure from the Kent airport, near Ramsgate, marked what the management believe has been the busiest weeks in terms of traffic for many years. The airport handled 74 golf related aircraft movements as part of the visit of the Open.
Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive of Manston, said: “The airport welcomed many of the world’s leading golfers and entourage from the organisers, the Royal and Ancient, and PGA, which included chartered Boeing 767 transatlantic flights.”
As well as handling event-related flights, Manston’s scheduled services to and from Edinburgh and Belfast City, operated by Flybe, were also very busy. Following the victory of Rory McIlroy in the US Open, Flybe’s flights to Kent from Belfast saw a dramatic increase in bookings, with his fans eager to see if he could complete a double. www.london-manston.com
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