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Edition No. 164

Date:- 20 August 2004

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Record A Level results welcomed?

THIS week as A Level results came out with an increase of 0.8% The results published show that the overall A Level pass rate is now 96% up from 95.4% last year and questions are now being asked as to just how high the standards really are. School Standards Minister David Miliband this week dismissed accusations of falling standards as a 'myth'. Mr Miliband told the nation that the results where built on the hard work of students, schools and colleges. "I congratulate the students and thank our teachers for their commitment.

My message to them is simple. Don't let anyone tell you that standards have dropped because more of you have done well, this is simply a myth. Your hard work has merited success.

We are getting better as a country at getting the best out of our young people. We should applaud them and applaud their schools and colleges."

Students wanting expert, independent advice can call the free results helpline on 0808 100 8000 until 28 August 2004.

Letters to Editor:- "Southport Reporter Pictures"

"Dear Sir, 

I have just been looking at the pictures you have published, and what wonderful pictures they are. 

I must congratulate the photographer for his choice of subjects and I will be watching out for more pictures in the future.

Thanks again."    F. Shelmerdine.

The Manchester Airport Success Story

MANCHESTER Airport has seen more than one million 'no frills' passengers travel through its terminals in the last year, some paying less than £15 for their flight.

The news comes just weeks after the airport celebrated hitting the 21 million passenger mark at the end of July

Within the last 12 months the list of 'no frills' destinations has grown significantly, from only one 'no frills' airline serving one destination, to six airlines covering 22 destinations. 

'No frills' carrier Ryanair has operated a service to Dublin since 1993. They have now been joined by:- 

· V-Bird flights to Niederrhein,
· Hapag-Lloyd Express to Cologne and Stuttgart, and 
· bmibaby to Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast International, Bordeaux, Cork, Ibiza, Jersey, Knock (Connaught), Malaga, Murcia, Palma Mallorca, Paris and Prague.

John Spooner, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said:- "The rapid growth of our 'no frills' network highlights the massive demand there is for this type of travel.

A number of 'no frills' airlines have launched routes from Manchester in the last 12 months which has meant even more choice for passengers."

Manchester's low-cost 'big bang' started with the launch of bmibaby services to six European destinations in February 03. Hapag-Lloyd Express then launched a service to Cologne in March 03, and new 'no frills' airline V-Bird followed with a service from Niederrhein (near Dusseldorf) to Manchester in January 04.

With two more 'no frills' airlines launching for the winter season, the 'no frills' passenger figures are set to rise even further. Fly Be will launch a service to Southampton at the end of October and Air Berlin will fly to the four German cities, Hamburg, Berlin, Paderborn and Dusseldorf from the 1st November. 

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