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Anne Gloag, the millionaire who bought Manston Airport only to close it down, has not been the most popular businesswoman in aviation recently. Speculation that she always intended to close the airport and build houses on the land – a more profitable outcome – has failed to go away, especially as it was reported that she had pledged to keep it open for at least two years. But here, she argues that she didn’t realise how deep its problems went when she bought it, and that it simply wasn’t possible to keep it open.

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