Manston Airport – MPs meet with prospective purchasers - 18th June 2014
Thanet`s MPs, Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys, have this
week (Tuesday) met with the CEO of RiverOak, Steve DeNardo, and fellow
Directors who wish to purchase Manston and to re-open the airfield as an
operating airport cargo hub.
At the meeting at the House of Commons RiverOak , the
company which offered the full asking price for Manston prior to closure but
had their offer rejected by the current owner, Mrs. Gloag, reaffirmed their
desire to buy the airfield and their faith in its future as a significant
cargo-handling and possible future passenger centre.
Earlier the RiverOak team met with Aviation Minister Robert
Goodwill to outline their proposals and to maintain the established and
supportive contact with the UK Government.
Further meetings will follow later this week.
Following their discussions with Mr. DeNardo Thanet`s MPs
have said in a joint statement:
It is clear that RiverOak are committed in their
determination to acquire and to operate Manston as an airport, with all the
job-creating potential that will flow from that. There are, of
course, obstacles to be overcome and much will depend upon the ability of
Thanet District Council to bring a Compulsory Purchase Order to a satisfactory
conclusion but with cross-party political support that exists we believe that
this can be achieved. Literally and metaphorically we and RiverOak are in this
for the long haul. The due processes may take a little time but we intend to
realise our objective and to see planes flying from Manston once again”,