Kent

Hundreds attend Manston airport closure meeting

  • 29 March 2014
  • From the section Kent
People at airport meeting
Residents and workers were told that an anonymous offer has been made for the airport

Hundreds of people have attended a meeting called to rally opposition to the proposed closure of Manston Airport in Kent.

Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys have led moves to keep it running after a consultation was announced over its future.

Residents and workers were told that an anonymous offer has been made for the airport, but there is no deal as yet.

The loss-making airport was bought by Anne Gloag for a £1 in October.

On Wednesday, Dutch airline KLM said it was suspending its Cityhopper flights between the airport and Amsterdam from 10 April.

A petition to keep the airport open has gained more than 12,000 signatures.

Supporters believe it could bring jobs to a deprived area and benefit residents who would otherwise have to travel to Heathrow or Gatwick.

A 45-day consultation on the airport closure with its 144 staff is ongoing.

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