Manston Airport - The Answer to Air Freight Capacity - 11th December 2015
North Thanet's MP, Sir Roger Gale, has this (Friday) morning reiterated his view that Manston Airport in Kent offers the only viable mid- term solution to Britain's need for additional air freight capacity.
Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning the CEO of Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye, highlighted the need saying that only last week a major company had had to wait for five days to export goods because there was no capacity at Heathrow remaining.
"This kicks to bottom out of the argument that there is no demand for a freight hub" says Gale. "We now have it from the horse's mouth: Heathrow is full and UK limited is losing business as a result.
Whatever the final decision, it will be at least fifteen years before there is a new runway anywhere in the South East. Manston could be made available right now to take the strain while longer term plans are realised. It is in our national interest to take the necessary steps to utilise this national asset, which is at present lying unused, immediately"