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KCC defends £100,000 airline gamble charge

Council chiefs have rejected claims that their decision to invest £100,000 of public money in EUJet was a gamble that backfired. Cllr Alex King (Con), Kent County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and the man responsible, said he accepted the investment was high risk but claimed it had produced "a good return" for Kent by demonstrating that a budget airline could be viable from Manston.

KCC lost its £100,000 investment when EUJet faced financial problems. The authority subsequently agreed to put in an additional 15,000 Euros to provide "working capital" to PlaneStation, the company that owned Manston Airport but which recently went into administration.

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Manston: Timeline

1915 Early war planes start to use the open fields at Manston in preference to the cliff-side airstrip at St Mildred’s Bay. 1916 Two distinct units stationed at Manston, the Operational War Flight Command and the Handley Page Training School. 1917 The Royal Flying Corps was well established and taking an active part in the defence of England. 1939-45 Manston was heavily …

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