A mention of Manston Airport by Frederick Forsyth in Friday 1st Jan 2016’s Daily Express.
“It’s only an idea and it might not work, but the furore and exasperation over the matter of increasing airline capacity in the South-east just goes on and on.
The key seems to be the inadequacy of landing and take-off slots at Heathrow, which is apparently causing us immense mercantile damage when compared to Paris, Schiphol and Frankfurt.
But on the north coast of Kent is the decommissioned airbase of Manston.
It has huge empty facilities, a gigantic 6,000-foot runway, hangars, mess halls – the lot. It has fast links to London that could be easily upgraded.
To recommission Manston would cost a fraction of a complete new runway elsewhere.
If you transferred all freight and holiday charter flights from Heathrow to Manston, I think you could free up the landing and take-off slots equivalent to a new runway.”
Photo: “Frederick Forsyth – 01” by Das blaue Sofa – http://www.flickr.com/photos/das-blaue-sofa/6317965950/. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.