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This is more business-y than geeky, but on the assumption that we all like to understand hidden complicated mechanisms that make everyday events occur (a working of definition of what makes a geek), may I suggest you read this article from Bloomberg about why regional airports, such as Manchester’s, have seen their traffic decline.

It’s built around a “speed-dating” meeting at which airports try to woo airlines, which is fascinating in itself, but it covers everything from technology (it’s easier to build bigger planes these days, but harder for small airports to fill them) to regulation (pilot training requirements put in after a 2009 crash of a regional jet have contributed to a pilot shortage) to boring but important economics.


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