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Specialist tour operator Newmarket Holidays, who have run a series of special charters from Manston Airport for the past few years, have announced that they will be moving their Kent departures to Lydd Airport this summer, following news of the future uncertainty of commercial airline activities at Manston.
The announcement was made to passengers booked on popular departures to Verona and Naples this June, and is likely to herald a shift in the operator’s remaining 2014 and all future Kent-based operations to Lydd, which recently received the go-ahead for a £35 million upgrade to its facilities. In a letter sent to passengers, Newmarket apologised for a change to holiday arrangements, and said that the change was being made “in order to avoid any further uncertainty”.
Commenting on the change in operations, Newmarket Holidays’ Regional Charter Manager, Amanda George, said: “We have enjoyed a very happy and successful relationship with Manston International over many years, and will be sad to see the airfield close. However, we are excited to be beginning a new chapter at Lydd, which will mean Kent passengers can still begin and end their holidays at a local airport, which is what they enjoy doing.”
Lydd Airport’s management team added: “While we are shocked and saddened by the situation at Manston, we look forward to working with Newmarket Holidays to enable the people of Kent and East Sussex to continue to fly from their local airport with the minimum of hassle.”
Further details about autumn operations are expected from the operator in the next few days, but in the meantime Newmarket have announced a Free Parking offer at Lydd for all passengers joining them in 2014. “In recognition of the inconvenience for some of our East Kent passengers, we’re delighted that we are able, in association with the management at the airport, to make this generous offer to those passengers wanting to leave a car at Lydd for the time they’re away,” said Ms George.
Newmarket’s special departures, which feature a range of week-long, resort-based stays and escorted tours in Italy, are offered on the following departure dates from Lydd: June 1st and 22nd to Verona and June 14th to Naples.
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