Kent Online - Paul Francis

Passenger flights could return to Manston Airport quicker than expected - with Ryanair and EasyJet among airlines holding talks to get services up and running.

The Department of Transport finally granted a Development Consent Order on Thursday - paving the way for it to operate again for the first time since it shut in 2014.

It will primarily handle cargo flights but Tony Freudmann, director of RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP) which owns the airfield, says talks are already under way with a number of airlines.

It is understood KLM - which operated the last passenger flights at the airport to Amsterdam’s international hub airport at Schiphol - is keen to return. Talks have also taken place with the likes of Ryanair and EasyJet.

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