UK government clears Manston to re-open as air freight hub

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps’s office has given crucial government approval for re-opening and developing Manston airport – located some 100km east of London – as an air freight facility.

The development consent order for the project was granted on 9 July.

Under the proposal, put forward by RiverOak Strategic Partners, Manston will be turned into a dedicated freight airport, capable of handling at least 10,000 air cargo movements annually.

It will also be able to offer a number of passenger and executive aviation operations, as well as aircraft engineering services.

Some of the infrastructure from the old airport, decommissioned in 2014, would be revived. Runway 10/28 will be refurbished and upgraded and a parallel taxiway will be re-aligned.

Source: Flight Global