operator EUjet has signed a conditional agreement with airport owner
PlaneStation Group with a view to launching scheduled services from Manston
airport in Kent this summer.
the agreement EUjet – which specialises in wet-lease and charter flight
services - will make Manston its UK base and plans to rapidly develop a
scheduled network. It hopes to carry 300,000 passengers from the Kent airport
by the end of the first full year of operation and 2 million annually after
a stock market statement, PlaneStation says: “EUjet is currently negotiating
arrangements with other airports intended to form part of the EUjet route
is envisaged that there will be flights to and from a number of airports in
Ireland, the UK and European destinations. It is anticipated that by the end of
this year 29 routes will be served from Kent International Airport.”
EUjet spokeswoman says the carrier will not reveal planned routes until the
network is finalised in April. The carrier hopes to operate its first scheduled
flight under the initiative on 14 June.
statement does not specify aircraft type for the scheduled services, but EUjet
is already teamed with Debis AirFinance to use the lessor’s Fokker 100s on its
adds: “EUjet has appointed Rothschild as financial advisor and is in the
process of raising additional capital to allow the company to expand over the
next three years.”
CEO PJ McGoldrick – a former Ryanair executive - compares the choice of Manston
with the Irish carrier’s selection of London Stansted.
foresee a similar opportunity at Kent International Airport Manston and I am
confident that the agreement will be the basis on which a bright future will be
built for both Manston and EUjet,” he says.
selection of Manston is a boost to PlaneStation. Formerly known as Wiggins
Group, the company recently secured key refinancing enabling its to press ahead
with its network of regional airports.
CEO Oliver Iny says: “This deal will be earnings enhancing for the PlaneStation
Group and is the first of several airlines we expect will be flying from this