Report deals blow to Manston reopening prospects

A Thanet Council-commissioned report has poured cold water on plans by US hedge fund RiverOak Investments to reopen the closed Manston Airport as a mainly cargo hub. Aviation industry experts, AviaSolutions said that the operation was unlikely to be financially viable, even under a the most favourable conditions. The study formed part of the evidence for Thanet District Council’s Local Plan, which could end Manston’s status as reserved for aviation use only. Manston airport ... [+]

RiverOaks unveils plans for Manston airport

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 ... [+]

DfT searched high and low for lorry space

A measure of the desperation faced during Operation Stack last summer is reflected in the list of sites for emergency lorry parking considered by the Department for Transport. According to the Kent Messenger, the list of possible sites has just been released to the media under the Freedom of Information Act. ... [+]

Manston route details published

Highways England has published the route for freight traffic diverted to the temporary holding area at Manston Airport. Under Operation Stack, all freight will first be stacked between junctions 8, Maidstone Services, and 9, Ashford, of the coastbound M20 and that section of the motorway will be closed to non-freight traffic. ... [+]

Manston is no long term solution to Dover woes, says industry

There has been a mixed reaction by Government plans to turn the former Manston Airport near Ramsgate into a holding area for trucks waiting to cross the Channel in Kent. The Port of Dover said that while it welcomes Government action to alleviate the disruption, it warned that a heavy goods ... [+]

Blow to Manston reopening hopes

Manston Airport has been sold to a regeneration company that plans to develop it for non-aviation use. Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave, part of the consortium behind Discovery Park, Sandwich, have bought a majority stake for an undisclosed fee, the BBC reported. The site was bought by transport magnate Ann ... [+]

Council ponders Manston reopening plan

Thanet Council is to draw up a plan to reopen Manston Airport, closed by its owners the Gloag Foundation in May in the face of heavy losses, the BBC reported. Councillors have accept the recommendations of a new report by Falcon Consultancy into how to make the airport viable and ... [+]

Manston ‘may have buyer’

North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale told a public meeting on 26 April that Manston Airport may have found a buyer, the BBC reports. He told the gathering in Margatethat he had had a letter from a significant potential investor, “who I am satisfied - and I may be naive ... [+]

Manston gets parliamentary group

A parliamentary working group on the future of threatened Manston airport had been set up and is due to have its first meeting on Monday. It comprises the two members of parliament and a representatives from the Unite trade union and the local authority. [+]

Manston workforce win stay of execution

The consultation period over the future of Manston Airport and its workforce has been extended until a final decision on its future is made, says the Unite trade union. A 45 day consultation period was due to end on 11 May, and redundancies could have been announced from that date – ... [+]

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