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The letter was delivered to Number 10 yesterday

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CAMPAIGNERS lobbying to reopen Manston airport have delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, making the case for the site to be used as a reliever airport.

Representatives from Save Manston Airport, Why Not Manston? and RiverOak, the American firm proposing to bring aviation back to the site, visited Downing Street yesterday (Tuesday).

In the letter, the groups say Manston has a role as a reliever airport, capable of taking some of the strain away from London, the busiest airport system in the world.

Save Manston Airport chairman, Dr Beau Webber, said: “It is now clearer than ever that Manston Airport should act as a reliever airport.

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“It has the capacity to accept any aircraft flying today and that, combined with clear airspace, purpose-built passenger and cargo handling facilities and excellent transport links, means that it should be viewed as a national asset to assist with national airport contingency planning.”

Information submitted by RiverOak during Thanet council’s search for a compulsory purchase indemnity partner are now due to be examined on behalf of the Department for Transport.

The US firm was rejected by the local authority as a potential partner after council officers concluded it had not met due diligence requirements.

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