Night flights from Manston Airport will not create the 3,000 jobs promised by operators Infratil, an independent report says. The final document, compiled by specialists Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, was submitted to the council’s Community Services Manager Madeline Homer on Thursday (19th Jan).
As exclusively revealed by the IoT Gazette on Friday 20th Jan, the report cast doubt on the economic argument for an average eight flights a night and claimed the environmental impact had been understated. The report said that if a night flying ban was to remain, the airport would only be excluded from 9 per cent of the scheduled freight market. It went on:
“Given that Manston Airport currently employs a proportionately large workforce for a small throughput, growth of passengers and freight in the short term may not necessarily lead to a significant employment and hence economic impact.
The report also said the analysis of the noise generated by airport had “resulted in an underestimation of the potential impacts on residents in the area”.
The reported also recommended that Infratil’s night flight proposal not be treated as a planning application meaning the decision on whether to adopt them could go before a full council.
thisiskent 23rd Jan 2012
Full details and analysis on this website when the report is made public.