Manston Airport goes global with KLM link


Manston Airport in Kent began its link to Amsterdam Schiphol yesterday, the fourth largest air hub in the world.

The new service, the only scheduled passenger flight from the Kent airport, will allow local travellers access to more than 190 destinations worldwide via Schiphol with KLM.

General manager AIR FRANCE KLM, UK & Ireland, Henri Hourcade said at the launch the new route would offer twice daily flights to a key business location, as well as a host of worldwide destinations.

“This is an exciting new chapter in KLM’s long history with the UK and we have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the local community,” he asserted.

“Forward bookings look good and we anticipate this service going from strength-to-strength as we become established in Kent.”

Charles Buchanan, chief executive at Manston Airport, said the service marked an “exciting chapter” in the airport’s history.

“For the first time it connects Kent residents and businesses with the world through a global hub thanks to a national flag carrier airline,” he said.

“Passengers can leave home without the worries of road congestion, arrive at Manston, park adjacent to the terminal and enjoy an easy check-in. Importantly, being outside London air space means flights are not delayed on take-off or landing, which means a hassle-free experience that makes air travel a pleasure. And on arrival back at Manston it is a quick and easy exit from the airport, and a short drive home.”

The new route will run to and from Manston twice a day, every day of the week. Passengers will be carried in a Fokker 70 aircraft, which seats up to 80 travellers.

To buy tickets, customers can log on to where flights are available from £79 return (including tax).

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