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The shock news that Manston Airport in Kent faces closure has triggered a top-level campaign to keep it in business.
Senior figures in local and central government are assembling a 'taskforce' of potential investors to rescue the airport from financial crisis.
The announcement by the airport's new owners - of possible shutdown within 45 days was described today as a 'body blow' to Thanet.
The potential of the airport, is seen as vital to the regeneration of east Kent and the creation of thousands of jobs over the next five years.
Thanet MPs Roger Gale and Laura Sandys are pressing for ministerial action. And Kent County Council says closure must be averted.
Today once again the airport's owners declined an interview. Today Fred Dinage spoke to Nicholas Reed, who's founder of the campaign group Why Not Manston.
Hundreds of jobs are at risk after the owners of Manston Airport in Kent announced plans to close the site. Tom Savvides has local reaction, including an interview with the MP, Sir Roger Gale.
The Unite union has responded to an announcement from the managers of Manston Airport in Kent that the site could close. Union officials said they were seeking clarification about the airport's future. A 45-day period of consultation has begun.
Leader of Thanet District Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration Cllr Clive Hart has given this statement with regard to the possible closure of Manston Airport:
A spokesperson for Manston Airport has given this statement with regards to the possibility the airport could close: