By Isle of Thanet Gazunder Aviation Correspondent Joy Stick
The island's airport is about to 'reach for the sky' with the launch of a new, low cost service to an exotic, Mediterranean destination!
The route is the brainchild of local entrepreneurs Manfred and Stan Bonkers (pictured) who have dreamed of running their own airline since they were boys.
'We grew up in Thanet and always loved watching the planes at Manston,' Manfred told the Gazunder. 'We've run our own engineering company for 20 years and we're now ready to go to the next stage,' added twin brother Stan.
The plan is for a 'cheap and cheerful' service modelled on successful low cost airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet. A basic return ticket to Benidorm will be just £4.99, with flights leaving Kent International Airport once a week on Sunday mornings.
'It should take about three days to get to southern Spain, giving passengers a whole day to look around and lap up the sun before the three day return journey,' said Stan. 'The service won't actually take off, though, unless passengers pay for optional extras such as wings, a fuselage and a tail.'
ManstanAir will be charging £2.7m per wing, with an inside toilet a snip at £85,000.
Kent International boss Matt Clarke said he was 'delighted' by the news. 'This will bring something like 10,000 jobs to Thanet with all the added prosperity that entails,' said Mr Clarke. 'Once again it proves that the airport has a key role to play in the island's future.'
Mr Clarke is 29.