Steer Your Business Dec 2020 - Magazine - Page 12
By Warren Dunham
Airport Set for Take Off in Three Years
Mindful perhaps of the job losses during the pandemic
and the many changes following this country’s withdrawal from the European Union, David Foley added:
“Of all the initiatives to stimulate business in a local
economy, opening an airport must be about the best.
It marries job creation with new technology, speeds delivery of high-value goods to overseas customers and
offers significant encouragement to inward investors,
established enterprises and new companies. “
To ensure there is a supply of skilled workers to fill the
anticipated new jobs RSP are closely aligned with the
Manston Skills and Employment Board known as the
MSE-B. The board includes representation from Local
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Government, Education, and Industry with the aim to
see there are workers with skills to fill the new jobs.
As to the future, RSP anticipate there could be a return
to some holiday and business passenger services, although the focus will probably remain a hub for freight.
Courtesy of Manston Airport
Manston airport in Kent is set to reopen in 2023.
The current owners RSP (Riveroak Strategic Partners)
have ambitious plans to operate Manston as a global
freight hub. RSP believe Manston can provide freight
operators with a realistic alternative to the overcrowded
RSP expect the first phase of the airport will be complete by 2023 following an initial investment of 300 million pounds. The timescale includes completion of the
current judicial review process which is expected to be
completed in early 2021.
RSP say the reopening of Manston as a freight hub could
create an estimated 23,000 jobs over 20 years. They
expect the jobs will include, construction, operations,
management, and the supply chain required to run the
airport across East Kent. In recent years there has been
a steady increase in new commercial premises on the
periphery of the airport site. RSP expect the airport will
attract even more business to the area.
There have been some objections to both the operation
of Manston as an airport and the new ownership. Airport
operations have had a chequered history over the last
forty years at the site. There has been a history of false
dawns, however, RSP are confident they have significant
local community and business support. Unemployment
in the area is the highest in Kent and many residents are
keen the site is not used as a large housing development.
Steer Your Business asked East Kent Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive David Foley for his analysis of
what reopening of Manston will mean, David was robust
in his view,
“Almost every sector of our local economy stands to
benefit from a revived Manston. Not only do we expect
hundreds of employees to be recruited on site to run the
airport, but many times more jobs will be created among
the suppliers throughout East Kent and beyond”.
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