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MANSTON: Key players grilled by MPs in Parliament over closure of…

Comments (0) Herne Bay MP Sir Roger Gale has claimed he was was “misled” by Stagecoach bus tycoon Ann Gloag, who told him she would operate Manston Airport for at least two years and invest heavily. Speaking at a meeting of the Transport Select Committee in Westminster on Monday, Sir Roger said: “I believe now that I was seriously misled. Mrs Gloag had …

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Airport’s former owner ‘misled MP’

Manston Airport closed last May with the loss of 150 jobs The former owner of Manston Airport has been accused of misleading a Kent MP over her true intentions as to the future of the site which shut last May. North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale told the Commons Transport Select Committee that he believed Ann Gloag had “no intention” …

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Manston airport: Transport Select Committee grill key players

Manston Skysport director Pauline Bradley said Manston airport closed amid huge debts and failure to attract new firms relocate to the site Comments (0) MANSTON airport owners told they Transport Select Committee they blamed the closure of the site on massive debts and a failure to attract business from Ryanair and British Airways. At an oral evidence session at Portcullis House in Westminster, …

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Transport Select Committee set to hear evidence on Manston…

Evidence on the closure of Manston airport will be heard by select committee members this afternoon Comments (0) THE Transport Select Committee will hear evidence relating to the closer of Manston airport later today. Airport owners, politicians and campaigners will all speak at the hearing, which forms part of a wider inquiry into the role of smaller airports. The session, held …

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Knight vision

I wonder if Sir Roger Gale MP understands aviation. He says that "the new Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening, needs to take a long, hard, look at the available and under-used facilities that already exist. That must, of course, include Manston." And then what? What does he think will happen after this purposeful looking?

The top end of the aviation industry is characterised by huge budgets and small margins. The successful players continually examine and re-examine every opportunity the market has to offer. It is a very pure form of market-driven capitalism, and as his ex-Boss once said "You can't buck the market".

The major (and minor) players in the aviation industry have been examining, and then rejecting, Manston for over a decade. In addition, throughout that time, each owner of Manston has been doing their utmost to attract business. Does Sir Roger really think that a thoughtful stare from a Secretary of State is going to transform a history of hard-headed rejections into a future of warm-hearted embraces?

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