<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Pilot Magazine today click here

Could Manston Airport be saved?

PUBLISHED: 16:39 11 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:39 11 May 2017

Pilot News

Pilot News

Archant

The pressure group Supporters of Manston Airport has declared itself delighted that Dale Crawford, of DTD Consult, has now made the intentions of a potential, new investor known publicly after the Thanet Extra/Kent Online reported that a US logistics company with roots in Europe had stepped forward with a plan to acquire Manston Airport ‘with a view to reviving aviation on the 750-acre site’.

‘Looking for a base to relocate twelve aircraft [currently based] at a European hub, the company foresees many advantages in acquiring a UK home with close access to London and the cross-channel ferry ports,’ the report continues. ‘The company is currently in discussions with its professional advisors and will be approaching Thanet District Council regarding pursuing a Compulsory Purchase Order. Spokesman for the investment group, Dale Crawford, said: “There is a clear commercial need for additional airport capacity in the South East. Compared to all the difficulties involved in building extra runways at Gatwick or Heathrow, Manston offers some clear advantages to ambitious operators looking for a speedy solution to their logistical needs”.’

‘Links have already been established with potential commercial partners and Crawford will also be entering discussions with Thanet District Council about providing the necessary guarantees to ensure a successful conclusion to negotiations.’

Supporters of Manston Airport says ‘next Monday, 15th May 2017, will be the third anniversary of the closure of Manston Airport and still it remains in the hands of a developer who wants to build houses on this valuable asset as part of a mixed use redevelopment. We now have three potential interests who have gone public, each with their own different plans and each with an opportunity to reinstate the airport’.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Pilot visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Pilot staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Pilot account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Friday, November 17, 2017

Only 15 crews have made the shortlist after 675 keen teams entered the initial application phase

Read more
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pilot is saddened to report that display pilot Keith Sissons died on 26 October in the Kent nursing home where he had been living for several years.

Read more
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Windecker soon expect to receive certification from China’s flying authority

Read more
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Icom is offering an excellent opportunity for pilots to meet the 8.33 radio deadline and save money with its new airband radio scrappage scheme, which runs until the end of 2017.

Read more
Friday, November 10, 2017

Contributing editor and former BA captain Bob Grimstead has been in Perth to take part in WorldFlight, an annual virtual competition that sees crews fly a simulator around the world for the Australian Royal Flying Doctor Service

Read more
Friday, November 10, 2017

The transition period to the new timetable for existing facilities will begin next April

Read more
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Canada’s Scott Holmes is aiming to be the young upstart when he goes wing tip to wing tip with the best air racing pilots in the world next week – in the fastest motorsport on the planet

Read more
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your November sorted.

Read more
Monday, October 30, 2017

Avionics manufacturer Garmin announced in October ‘clean sheet’ new designs in the form of the touchscreen G500 TXi, G600 TXi and G700 TXi flight displays, as well as the engine information system (EIS) TXi

Read more
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A recent conference for the operators looked at how regulation changes will affect the decline of General Aviation airfields

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine