Published: 12:20, 18 June 2014 |
Updated: 10:38, 19 June 2014
A flight training company based at Manston airport has been to the High Court today in a bid to get an injunction against the closure of the site.
TG Aviation have been forced to move their business operations to Lydd airport, despite having 50 years left on their lease at the Thanet airfield.
In a bid to return to the site, the company has launched a case against Kent Facilites Limited, owned by Stagecoach founder Ann Gloag.
The injunction would require the owners to give the company – based at Manston for more than 30 years – permission to use the runway.
However the owners requested more time to respond to TG Aviation’s case, which was granted by judge Mrs Justice Asplin.
The application will now be heard at the High Court on Friday, June 27.
It comes a day after meetings between the aviation minister Robert Goodwill and the boss of the US company which tried to buy the airport after the consultation on its closure was announced.
RiverOak chief executive Steve DeNardo and fellow directors reaffirmed their desire to buy the site and also met Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys.
Further meetings will follow later this week.
The company had three offers turned down by the site’s owners, including one on the day of its closure which met the asking price.
Meanwhile, Thanet District Council is still taking legal advice on the viability of a compulsory purchase order for the site, with its leader Cllr Iris Johnston set to meet Mrs Gloag next month.
In a joint statement, Sir Roger and Mr Sandys said: “It is clear that RiverOak are committed in their determination to acquire and to operate Manston as an airport, with all the job-creating potential that will flow from that.
“There are, of course, obstacles to be overcome and much will depend upon the ability of Thanet District Council to bring a compulsory purchase order to a satisfactory conclusion.
"Literally and metaphorically we and RiverOak are in this for the long haul..." - Thanet MPs Sir Roger Gale and Laura Sandys
“With the cross-party political support that exists we believe that this can be achieved.”
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