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A Manston Update

I’ve been having a conversation with local MP, Roger Gale, on progress, if any, in resolving the mess that Manston airport now finds itself in.

Roger tells me that the situation is very delicate at the moment and a “Herculean effort is being made to re-instate the airport insurance”, which will allow aircraft movements, which at the moment is not possible. Apparently, the airport servicing roles, which include fire and air traffic control, are still secure under the administrator and “Very real interest has been expressed in operating the airport” from interested parties.

I’m writing a short piece for next month’s Pilot Magazine on the subject and I can tell you that there is more happening than I am able to reveal here, as the conversations are strictly “off-the-record” but do give me room for some optimism.

Over the last twenty-four hours, I’ve heard that both Easy Jet’s Stellios and Virgin’s Mr Branson have been sighted but can’t confirm the accuracy of these reports, other than speculating over the very real need for freight facilities to deal with the present famine in Niger and the overall freight and aircraft engineering potential that Manston can offer other carriers.

Anyway, it’s good to hear that our Thanet North MP is working hard to try and bring this tragedy towards a happier ending and I’m sure that many readers will be supportive of his efforts.

Thanet Life

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