17/12/13 Manston Airport Comment - Airports Commission’s Interim Report

Responding to the Airports Commission’s Interim Report, Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive of Manston Airport, said: “The 228 pages and appendices of this report show the extent to which the 52 options put forward have been considered by the Commission and reduced to a shortlist of three.

“We will take our time to review the report and give it substantial consideration as we work towards a future plan for Manston.

“Our initial reaction is that we welcome the Commission’s assertion that Government policy should promote the benefits of smaller airports in London and the South East system.

“We are also pleased to see the call for local authorities to support the development of smaller local airports and, alongside consideration of their environmental impacts, recognise the positive benefits they can bring to their respective economies.

“Securing the UK’s connectivity to the rest of the world, and in particular the emerging economic hotspots, will be crucial in terms of maintaining London and the South East in the global league tables.

“The Commission is proposing plans for the future capacity of airports in the South East for 10 years or more in the future.  But today passengers can already use our twice daily connection to all corners of the world through Amsterdam.  And cargo customers can benefit from some of the fastest turnarounds in the UK at the country’s fourth largest freighter airport. ”

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