Air, Freight News

New owners pledge to reopen Manston as cargo hub

[ July 10, 2019   //   ]

Stone Hill Park has sold the closed Manston airport in Kent to RiverOak Strategic Partners, which says it will reopen it as a cargo hub. The sale follows the permission fromthe Secretary of State for Transport, as the airport is also a designated lorry parking site in the event of disruption to cross Channel ferries.

Stone Hill Park sold its 742 acres of the 770-acre site to RiverOak for £16.5 million. It had previously announced plans to develop the airport for housing and other non-aviation uses.

A Development Consent Order is however needed for the cargo airport scheme, with a decision expected by  the Secretary of State by January 2020.