The UK’s historic Manston Airport – famed for its role in the Battle of Britain, and popular with enthusiasts largely because of its collection of stored and abandoned airliners – has announced it is to close on 15th May.
The airport was bought for £1 last year by an investor who hoped to find a future for the airport. But recently, the only passenger operator at Manston, KLM Cityhopper, withdrew its flights to Amsterdam and the future looked bleak.
Since the airport is losing £10,000 per day, it entered a consultation period about closing and has now announced this date, despite offers from investors and business proposals by staff.
It’s a sad end to Manston, which interestingly has one of the widest runways in the world.