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Thanet District Council leader Cllr Clive Hart said: "This is potentially a devastating blow to the local economy with the potential loss of direct and indirect employment in Thanet.
"The council has been clear that it has supported the future development of the airport.
"We have worked with operators to ensure that the economic benefits to the district could be maximised including the council's direct port of entry service and therefore this is very disappointing news."
Lydd Airport expressed surprise at the announcement today.
A spokesman said: "It is incredibly sad to hear of any airport in trouble, especially one in Kent.
"Of course the business model at Manston is very different to our own at Lydd and we remain very confident that our investment plans here will create a successful, modern regional airport capable of providing high quality air travel services to a wide catchment area in Kent, East Sussex and beyond."
Lydd Airport has been granted planning permission for a runway extension and a new terminal building. Construction work on the runway is expected to start later in the year.
Cllr Mark Dance (Con) KCC cabinet member for economic development, said: "We obviously regret today's announcement and the impact on jobs.
"We are working with the Department for Work and Pensions rapid response unit to ensure those affected get the support they need in finding new jobs.
"KCC has no plans to buy the airport, but continues to offer investment support via the Regional Growth Fund and Expansion East Kent for viable projects that create jobs.
"There are meetings to be had and discussions to hold but we will make every effort to find a viable alternative. One cannot discount someone coming in from wherever and from whatever angle with a bid to buy it."
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