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Kent Airport operating extension approved

Thanet councillors will allow flights from Kent International Airport to operate for an additional 1.5 hours per day

Plans to increase the number of departure flights from Kent Airport have been approved by the local authorities.

Thanet councillors will allow flights from Kent International Airport to operate for an additional 1.5 hours per day.

The extension will allow airport owner Infratil to offer services between 06:00 GMT and 23:30.

Roger Latchford, Thanet council cabinet member for culture and economy, suggested that it had been a difficult decision to make.

He said: "Proposals relating to the airport will always spark debate.

Mr Latchford added that councillors need to "strike a careful balance between the environmental impacts on our residents, such as night-time noise, against the potential of creating new jobs".

A group of councillors are also in the process of investigating plans to expand the Manston aiport.

The working group carried out two more airport visits earlier this month, with a final report expected to be published in April.

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