Potential job losses at Manston airport are still a reality as the statutory consultation with its staff ended this week. Airport chief executive Charles Buchanan confirmed that talks were ongoing after the minimum 90-day period was fulfilled this week.
Meanwhile, the airport will submit a new proposal for expansion to the council’s Airport Working Group next month. Campaigners against the expansion oppose Buchanan’s plans as the possibility of noisy night flights would affect their sleep and quality of life.
Buchanan understands the concerns but believes the impact of the expansion must be balanced with the economic benefits. Plans to welcome a major airline are still being negotiated.
IoT Gazette 24th Jun 2011