Good on them for trying, I say. I've never been against scheduled flights, and with the quiet planes Flybe use, taking off and landing during the day, nobody should be the least bit bothered. Knackered old 747s stuffed full of bananas groaning over at 3am is a different matter!
However, quite why the airport should bill this as the dawn of a new age necessitating the full media circus is a mystery. It's an airport. We expect to be able to fly somewhere from it!
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Update: The derbrains at the BBC Kent website are saying: 'In 2009 the airport received approval to extend operating hours at the Manston site, allowing planes to take off or land between 0600 until 2330.' As we all know, they only received temporary approval on condition BAWC relocated to Manston. Which they didn't. So they don't.
Meanwhile, here's a vid of the PR launch that yourfannitinnit has bunged up on BoobTube: