Air, Freight News

Manston workforce draw up survival plan

[ April 3, 2014   //   ]

Manston airport’s workforce has presented short- and long-term business plans to management to allow the airport to continue operating. The Unite union has also asked the company to extend the 45 day consultation period – due to end on 11 May – to allow all options to be explored. The union said that it would meet management again on 10 April.

The move follows the withdrawal of a “mystery buyer” for the Kent airport on 2 April.

Manston Airport was bought by the Gloag Foundation from Infratil in October but has now started statutory consultation with the 140-strong workforce, saying it could not continue to lose £10,000 a day on the operation.

Manston, with its long runway, is a favoured base by full-freighter operators but this traffic has diminished recently with the switch of major customer Saudia to a seasonal schedule.


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