Flybe Boosts Kent International

ON FEBRUARY 15, Flybe announced the start of a daily Edinburgh to Kent service that offers regional travellers the only scheduled flight to be currently operated out of Kent International Airport (KIA).
Tickets prices start at £24.99 one way including taxes and charges for travel effective May 27 through to 30 October.  The new route will be operated by Flybe’s 78-seat Bombardier Dash 8 Q-400 turboprop aircraft with a journey time of approximately 80 minutes.
The service takes advantage of an aircraft’s currently scheduled downtime between services at Edinburgh.
Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re delighted to be adding this new service to the South-East from Edinburgh and also to being the first carrier to offer Kent travellers a scheduled service out of Kent International.  It also reflects our commitment to continued growth from our Edinburgh base and also to our development into new regions.”
Edinburgh Airport has welcomed the news with Gordon Dewar, Managing Director, commenting: “The creation of this route underlines Edinburgh’s attraction as a destination in the domestic UK market and we’re excited that Flybe has picked up on the demand to create a link between Scotland’s Capital and the South of England.”
Kent International Airport, formerly know as Manston, is located in East Kent, just a few miles from the popular seaside destinations of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate and within easy reach of picturesque Whitstable, historic Canterbury with its world-famous cathedral and, of course, Dover’s iconic White Cliffs.
KIA’s Chief Executive Matt Clarke, who is due to return to his native New Zealand this summer said: “I’m sure this route will be hugely popular with people in Kent because Edinburgh is such a great place to visit with its history, culture and, of course, its world-famous festivals.
“Flying to Kent International is a hassle-free way to arrive in south-east England.  Our airport is easy to get to, easy to find your way around and allows passengers to enjoy flying the way it’s meant to be − boarding an aircraft merely metres from where you have parked your car!”