Manston Airport buyer 'may have been found'

Sir Roger Gale MP Sir Roger Gale MP said he did not want to raise false hopes

Related Stories

An MP has said Manston Airport may have found a buyer after fears it would have to close.

Speaking at a public meeting on Saturday, Sir Roger Gale MP, who represents North Thanet, said he had been in discussions with a bidder.

In March, Manston Airport said it was in talks about closing amid claims it was losing £10,000 a day.

Campaigners fighting to keep the airport open say they have received more than 15,000 signatures of support.

Hundreds of people attended the meeting, in Winter Gardens, Margate.

During it, Sir Roger said: "Half an hour ago, I held in my hand a letter from a significant potential investor, who I am satisfied - and I may be naive - has the money to make the bid."

'Real prospect'

Several airlines have pulled out of the airport and taken their business elsewhere, including airline KLM, which ran two daily flights to Amsterdam.

Newmarket Holidays, which offers flights to Verona and Naples in Italy, said it would move its Kent departures from Manston to Lydd Airport from June.

And Flybe pulled out in November 2011.

Speaking after the meeting, Sir Roger said: "I don't want to raise false hopes but I think there's a real prospect, that if Ann Gloag [the airport's owner] is willing to sell at a fair price, then a fair price can be found and paid."

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Kent

Weather

Canterbury

Min. Night 17 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.