It could just work, I appreciate that odds are not entirely in favour of Manston airport and recent history has been unkind.
A lot has been stacked against Manston, much of it coming from Thanet's appalling Labour party who under Clive Hart's power at any price, strand of leadership has offered no comfort for local business, still what can you expect from a party whose main philosophy is based on handouts from those who work.
That aside, having nothing better to do, this afternoon, I thought I'd do a random comparison between flying from Heathrow and Manston, nothing too scientific, 2 x people to New York, from Manston JFK £922 dearer than Heathrow @ £851(Newark) but add in 2 x train fare rtn, £240 or similar cost for fuel and parking, then you could save yourself some stress and more than £150.
Prices obviously fluctuate, but include the convenience of a local departure, maybe this time it could work. I realise that the greatest convenience is for those of us in Thanet but given that Kent has a population of around one and half million there must be something like a quarter million living within a half hour journey.
So good luck to KLM. I know that Manston has dark forces ranged against it from DFL's (Deadbeats from London) and ecocrazies across Kent including Herne Bay residents, who assume they were young enough to have good hearing (most are in their twilight years) couldn't possibly be disturbed by air traffic at Manson.