Gale have given no reason for withdrawing their offer.
There isn’t anything on any of the news sites yet but I will add the links when and if the news becomes available.
The picture is from the book I publish about the early days of commercial flights from Manston, “Twilight of the Pistons” here is the link to it, sample pages and how to buy it online if you are interested http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/catalogue/1997_twilight_of_pistons.htm
Update; Here are the promised links to the news items:
The gist of all the emerging news items is:
Essentially the airport closure staff consultation continues.
My own take on the airport remains that while I support a regional airport with definite future parameters on the extent of the number of flights and a reasonable understanding of both the economic benefits to the area, the noise and other pollution factors I have never been supportive of the airport running as it has recently with no environmental permit and considerable uncertainty about the extent of future activity there.
The whole business of regulating the airport with a S106 agreement rather than the normal situation, which would be a planning consent with an associated public enquiry combined with various operators failure to comply with the environment agency’s basic water pollution regulations, should have been seen as a temporary and short term measure.
Having uncertainty over the number of flights per day over Ramsgate for a long period of time has definitely had a considerable down side and I guess now the only solution is to look toward the benefits trying to be supportive of development there.