Manston – while we have never opposed the development of Manston as a regional airport, we remain sceptical about its ambitions to become a successful international airport.  It has been operated as a fully commercial airport since 1992, and yet a succession of owners have not been able to make it a prosperous going concern.  Even though the latest owners Infratil have encouraged KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to fly from Manston, they are still proceeding with its sale.  The continuing promise of jobs that are never realised is just maintaining false hopes amongst Thanet’s residents.  We also remain opposed to night flights, believing that the disruption to the sleep of local residents and possible associated health aspects are untenable impacts from this very small gain in custom for the airport.

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