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Saudia, Cargolux, KLM and numerous perishables shippers could be looking for new airport capacity in the UK following this morning’s decision to consult upon the closure of Manston Airport. Sold last year for £1 to Ann Gloag, who co-founded Stagecoach Group, it is expected to close on April 9 to be redeveloped. Some 144 jobs are at risk. With a dedicated perishables centre, last year it signed a contract with Saudia for twice weekly flights from Kenya. Manston has been well known (and much-loved) in the air cargo business for its  and welcoming stand, and dazzling array of whiskies, at industry events. It will be much missed.

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  • Andy Robins

    March 20, 2014 at 2:41 am

    That is a shame, I have fond memories of going down there in my Nigeria Airways days.
    They did the last “D” Check on our B707F, which ops advised me was complete. I trucked down about 10 tons of cargo, only to see the plane take off and land for the next 8 days with minor tech problems.
    Had to be creative on the post flight calls that week.
    Manston Airport was a bit like Ostend Airport, it seemed to take you back to a time when it was about the love of flying and not about the money.
    A real shame.

  • aaron dengate

    March 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I will be very sad if Manston was to close. I am interested in aviation and Thanet is a very deprived area. Also, where is the flying club going to go? Also, I have friends with those chatting on Manston Movements. I was lucky enough to fly in a rare 1954-built Percival Provost from Manston. 22 Squadron was also based there flying the Whirlwind Wessex then the Sea King.


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