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.
“The news has just broken and I am seeking clarification from the management about the airport’s future. Until I have had that conversation, it would not be appropriate to comment at length.
“Unite is the major union at the airport and represents employees, such as the fire service and the baggage handlers. Unite will do everything possible to safeguard the interests of our members in the days and weeks ahead.
“Any loss of employment would be a hard blow for the local economy.”
Virgin Atlantic, whose headquarters are at Crawley in West Sussex, have produced a new safety message for pre-flight passengers. It sets out to make a routine message more appealing using themes from hit films.
A 19 year-old from Hampshire has become the first woman to be win a flying scholarship from Farnborough Airport. Training to become a pilot costs tens of thousands of pounds. The grant scheme assists young local people with the initial cost of lessons.
The scheme also helps to keep the tradition of flying alive at the birthplace of British aviation.
Farnborough was the site of of the first ever powered flight in Britain. ITV Meridian's Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
The first woman has joined a scheme that allows young people to learn how to fly at the British home of aviation in Farnborough.
NIneteen-year-old Miriam Pratap from local area, has been awarded a scholarship to help her start her training. Learning how to become a pilot can cost more than £100,000.
Leeds is an important route as it links two key commercial centres. The route also provides access for people from the north to the cruise ships that depart from Southampton to America, Europe, the Baltic and the Caribbean.
Southampton Airport say they moved quickly to safeguard services after recently learning of Flybe’s intention to withdraw from serving this domestic route early next year.
Eastern Airways begin flights from Southampton and Leeds on 20th January 2014, running three daily services between Monday and Friday. It will also operate a Sunday afternoon service.
Weekday services will leave Southampton Airport at 08.20, 16.05 and 18.40 and depart from Leeds Bradford Airport at 06.50, 10.20 and 17.10.
The Davies report into the future of aviation in the South highlights that airport expansion is desperately needed in the south east - but few people want a new runway in their backyard. While growth could create more jobs, it would also bring more aircraft noise and pollution.
Gatwick Airport still has a lot of spare capacity. But, is a new runway even necessary? Our correspondent Malcolm Shaw has been looking at the arguments.
Natalie Bennett, the Leader of the Green Party, tells ITV Meridian that there is no need for any airport development in the south east. And she repeats her party's belief that an estuary airport option is the worst of all possible worlds. She's been talking to our reporter Kevin Harrison.
Sir Roger Gale MP tells Meridian that for every passing day of "dither and delay" the UK is losing out to the European mainland - and that Manston has a role to play - at least in the short term.
The two airlines plan for their new partnership to take off on March 30th 2014, combining slots at Heathrow.Read the full story ›
The consultation is available online at here . The postcode search facility and clickable maps with consultation areas clearly marked makes it easy to see which proposed changes have the most relevance to a specificlocation. Feedback can be given directly on the website.
Juliet Kennedy, NATS’ Operations Director, Swanwick, Hampshire said: “The airspace change programme is essential if we are to contribute to and ensure the success of the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy (FAS).”
Tom Denton, Head of Corporate Responsibility at London Gatwick, West Sussex, said: “Gatwick is committed to leading the way in terms of airspace innovation and operation, which is why we were so keen to be the first major UK airport to work with NATS to fully review and consult on our airspace.
“Gatwick’s noise impacts are already well mitigated and significantly lower than at other major airports. However, the airport continues to look at ways to further reduce the number of people affected by aircraft noise in line with Government policy.
“This project gives us an opportunity to further reduce the number of people affected by noise, as well as focus on further reducing Co2 emissions and air quality impacts."