Air, Freight News

RiverOaks unveils plans for Manston airport

[ July 12, 2016   //   ]

US hedge fund RiverOak is to hold a series of public consultations from 18 July on its plans to redevelop the closed Manston Airport in Kent as an air cargo hub. It has already published a scoping report outlining plans for the site.

The scheme would need a Governmental development consent order (DCO), and could handle up to 10,000 flights per year, claims RiverOak.

However, the prospect of night flights has alarmed some local residents.

There are alternative plans to develop the site for housing and leisure use.

Manston Airport bas bought by transport entrepreneur Ann Gloag from its previous owners for £1 but then closed, citing heavy losses. It was used by a number of full freighter operators as an alternative to congested and expensive airports in south-east England.

In a statement, RiverOak said the intended timetable for obtaining the DCO had slipped because the current owners of the airport site have so far not allowed it access.