The future of Manston Airport looks brighter this week after the workforce presented two separate business plans to management that could ensure the viability of the Kent airport.
Unite, the country’s largest union which has 40 members at Manston, said the workforce had presented short-term and long-term business plans to management that could chart a profitable future for the airport.
Unite has also asked the company to extend the 45 day consultation period – due to end on 11 May – so that all options can be explored to safeguard Manston’s future.
Unite regional officer Ian McCoulough said: “The workforce prepared two impressive business plans in a very short time to save Manston from closure for the management to consider.
“The employees are doing all they can to chart a viable future for the airport which is vital to the local economy.
“Its closure would be a hammer blow for Kent, however, the airport’s future looks a bit brighter this week with the presentation of these two business plans.
“The management have now taken away the plans to consider and we will be meeting them again next Thursday (10 April). We also want the consultation period extended from 11 May to give more time to investigate every avenue to save the airport – we think that’s a reasonable request.”
The airport employs 140 people and Unite is investigating possible alternative job opportunities for its members at other airports in the south east of England.
The airport was bought by Ann Gloag, who co-founded the Stagecoach Group, for £1 in October last year. The origins of the airport stretch back to the First World War and during the Second World War, Manston was heavily bombed during the Battle of Britain.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.