DCO Celebration
DCO Celebration

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TG Aviation Hangar with BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane
TG Aviation Hangar with BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane

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Manston Airport
Manston Airport

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DCO Celebration
DCO Celebration

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Welcome to the website of the Save Manston Airport association.


Dedicated to re-opening Manston Airport in Kent, SMAa comprises a community of about 4,000 people who have been campaigning since Spring 2014. We grow by the day.


We have presented 10,000 signature petitions about Manston Airport to former Thanet District Council leader Iris Johnston, and a petition to No. 10 Downing St. with 26,524 signatures. 

We have attended Select Committee hearings in the Houses of Parliament, and have built a community where lifelong friendships have been forged. 

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Manston Airport will return!

Development Consent Order (DCO) is being sought that will have the airport land taken over by someone who has the wish, the money and the ability to develop it as a thriving airport.

  • HM Government (Secretary of State for Transport & Planning Inspectorate) now decide the future of Manston – not Thanet District Council.

  • RSP are a great buyer with a fantastic aviation business vision and the money ready.

  • Generating full time quality jobs at an expanded Manston.

  • Now with dual carriageway and unequalled proximity to channel ports, M25, and Highspeed rail services to London.

RSP are applying for a comprehensive DCO encompassing the airport and the planning permissions required for the reinstatement of Manston as a specialised aviation agglomeration centre offering the following facilities and services:

  • a major international centre for air freight,

  • a reliever for the major airports of London,

  • an extensive aircraft recycling and engineering facility,

  • a base for at least one passenger carrier,

  • a flight training school,

  • a fixed base operation for executive travel.

Support Thanet’s big chance for economic revival.


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