28 OCTOBER 2013
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Infratil, the New Zealand-based investment company, has agreed to sell Manston Airport in Kent to the founder of Stagecoach for £1. Ann Gloag will be the new owner. Together with her brother Brian Souter they once controlled Suckling Airways (later Scot Airways), which is now part of Loganair.
The move comes after the investment company announced the decision to sell Prestwick airport to the Scottish Government. (see BTN 14 October)
Manston Airport currently has a twice daily KLM service to Amsterdam and with its long runway is often used by ad hoc cargo services. In recent times Flybe routes to both Edinburgh and Manchester have failed although the airport is only 20 miles from the port of Dover, and 30 miles from Ashford and its Eurostar station. www.manstonairport.com
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