Charles Buchanan (CEO, Manston Airport) from the night flights proposal:
Today some 110 staff are employed by the airport, with approximately a further 40 employed in servicing the operation of the airport. The airport currently generates £4.5m GVA (Gross Added Value) of which some £3.8m is within the Thanet economy … development in line with the published Master Plan would (by 2018) support direct employment of over 2,000 jobs with a further 1,000 indirect and induced jobs in the wider economy. This level of employment would generate £65m GVA.
Sandra Matthews-Marsh (CEO, Visit Kent) responding to RGF funding
Tourism in East Kent contributes more than £835 million to the local economy and supports almost 18,000 jobs.
Now consider the effect that the proposed night flight timetable will have on tourism in East Kent.