Inside the abandoned UK airport which could reopen to flights from 2025

A DESERTED UK airport could reopen to flights by 2025.

Located in south-east Kent, Manston Airport closed in 2014 after reporting huge daily losses.

An airport in Kent could soon reopen to flights from 2025

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An airport in Kent could soon reopen to flights from 2025Photo credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
The airport was closed back in 2014 due to daily losses

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The airport was closed back in 2014 due to daily lossesPhoto credit: SWNS
Most of the interior has remained intact, including the duty-free shop

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Most of the interior has remained intact, including the duty-free shopPhoto credit: SWNS
Flights such as Flybe and KLM used to operate from Manston

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Flights such as Flybe and KLM used to operate from ManstonPhoto credit: SWNS

It has since served as a lorry park for drivers traveling between the UK and France via Dover.

And earlier this year it was used as a filming location for the blockbuster Empire of Light starring Olivia Colman.

Many of the set pieces remain in place, including a fake Margate Hospital sign.

However, recent images inside the airport show the abandoned terminals still intact.

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Signs have been left as is, including the duty free shop and directions.

The departure hall with its red carpet also overlooks the deserted runways.

Formerly known as RAF Manston, the airport was first used by aircraft in 1916 during the First World War.

Due to its location close to the front line, it was also used during the Second World War, but was frequently attacked and heavily bombed during the Battle of Britain.

Manston opened to passenger flights back in the 1980s

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Manston opened to passenger flights back in the 1980sPhoto credit: SWNS
Manston Airport closed in 2014 but was left as it was

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Manston Airport closed in 2014 but was left as it wasPhoto credit: SWNS
The control tower remains as it was left almost a decade ago

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The control tower remains as it was left almost a decade agoPhoto credit: SWNS

However, it was opened to commercial passengers in the 1980s.

It was renamed Kent International Airport in 1989 and opened by Sarah, the Duchess of York.

Airlines included Flybe and KLM, which operated short-haul flights to Europe from the airport, although other holiday companies also had charter flights.

The airport closed in 2014 – but could soon reopen for flights.

The UK Government has approved the reopening of Manston Airport, which has been confirmed by the Transport Secretary.

The airport’s owners, RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP), confirmed plans to invest £500m in the development of Manston Airport, for both air cargo and passenger flights.

It hopes to reopen by 2025, more than 10 years after it closed.

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Another UK airport recently announced that it will close this year.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport confirmed the airport was to close and flights were to be grounded from October 31.

The airport was used as a truck park during the Dover border closure

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The airport was used as a truck park during the Dover border closurePhoto credit: AFP

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/20167189/airport-manston-kent-open-flights/ Inside the abandoned UK airport which could reopen to flights from 2025

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