There's a bit more to it than what the BBC article states.
The airport is just at the back of the race track, and according to recent developments, changes of operations are being requested there, if F1 is to be introduced.
Going back in history, when Wheatcroft owned the park, it was stated many times that he would not succeed in reintroducing events etc. He proved many people and officials people wrong. He achieved what he wanted and more. Now whether this new guy will prove to be of the same material as Wheatcroft, we will have to wait and see perhaps.