Rescue helicopters privatised

A centre in Kent will be re-opened under a new £1.6bn contract awarded to a private company to provide helicopter rescue services across the UK.

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  1. Tom Savvides

Search & Rescue helicopters return to Manston

Search and rescue helicopters are to based in Kent once again after an absence of almost twenty years. Crews will soon work out of Manston Airport in a major shake-up of operations.

The Royal Airforce and the Navy have run the service for seventy years. But today it was announced that an American company would take over the contract, and use Kent as one of its bases.

The interviewees in Tom Savvides' report are: Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive of Manston Airport; Stephen Hammond MP, the Transport Minister; and Sir Roger Gale, the MP for Thanet North.

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