The future of Manston Airport hangs in the balance. That was the message from supporters and workers alike at a meeting in Kent today - the airports owners' said it could close following a consultation. Andy Dickenson reports.
The interviewees are: Laura Sandys MP for South Thanet; and Sir Roger Gale MP for North Thanet.
A meeting is underway in East Kent in a bid to keep Manston Airport open. The site's owners announced plans to close the airfield earlier this month.
The shock announcement was made on Thursday 20th March. A process of consultation is underway. The airport employs 150 local people.
A few days ago the local MP, Roger Gale - who represents Thanet North - said he had been approached by a potential buyer for the site.
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.