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Budget flights boost for airport
Manston Airport
Kent County County is investing money in the new services
Plans to fly to 21 destinations from Manston Airport in Kent have been announced by a budget airline operator.

Irish airline company EUjet first mooted plans to use the airport as its hub in the UK in February.

Now it has outlined proposals to fly business routes to places such as Madrid and Milan with leisure flights going to Prague, Geneva and Toulouse.

Scheduled services are due to start in September with the firm hoping to carry 500,000 passengers in the first year.

'Good deal'

The flights were announced at a launch at county hall in Maidstone.

EUjet Chief Executive, PJ McGoldrick, said: "I think it is the right moment because there is a need regardless of what is happening in other sectors.

"Some airlines are doing very well and some of the Irish airlines are doing very well.

"We have done our costings and th with the current fuel prices we believe we can offer a good deal."

Other business route destinations include Manchester, Edinburgh and Copenhagen.

Malaga, Jersey, Zurich, Turin and Salzburg are some of the leisure destinations on offer.

Kent County Council is putting money into the scheme to help boost the Thanet area.

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