Sir Roger Gale
Member of Parliament for North Thanet (Margate, Herne Bay & The Villages)
Manston Airport – A vital national asset
February 28th 2020
Manston Airport is `a vital national asset` that must be given the go-ahead for development immediately says North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale.
“In the light of the judgement on the third runway at Heathrow” says Sir Roger “It is more important than ever that we get Manston up and flying again as swiftly as possible. Post-Brexit Britain is going to need additional airfreight and passenger capacity of the kind that Manston can offer swiftly. The UK is as we speak losing business to Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Dubai and that cannot be allowed to continue if we are to prosper as a trading nation after 31st December.
Manston has been an airport for more than a hundred years, is designated as an airport in the Local Plan and is `shovel ready` in terms of development with many millions of pounds available for investment in a state-of-the-art net zero carbon modernisation. I have asked the Secretary of State to expedite the decision on the Development Consent Order so that work can commence without further delay. We have no more time to lose”.