Manston Gains Global Link

Charles Buchanan (left) CEO of Manston Airport with Henri Hourcade, GM of Air France KLM.

Photo: Charles Buchanan (left) CEO of Manston Airport with Henri Hourcade, GM of Air France KLM.

Manston / Kent International Airport has secured a vital international link courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines which is strengthening its UK regional presence.
From April 2, 2013, KLM will operate twice-daily scheduled flights connecting Manston to KLM’s Amsterdam-Schiphol hub, in Holland, bringing connections to its worldwide network of over 130 destinations from the South East of England.
KLM will use Fokker 70 jet aircraft, carrying up to 80 passengers.  The airline points out that the flight schedule offers convenient same-day returns to Amsterdam, as well as for quick and well as transfers to its worldwide network.
Departure        Arrival
Manston          Amsterdam     06:35               08:35
Amsterdam     Manston          10:10                10:05
Manston          Amsterdam     10:40               12:35
Amsterdam     Manston          20:50              20:45
Flights opened for sale on November 14 on the airline’s website www.klm.com.
The launch of the Manston service further cements KLM’s expanding influence in the UK regions.  Thanks to KLM’s increasing UK schedules Amsterdam–Schiphol now serves more British destinations than either London Heathrow or Gatwick.  The carrier now offers 17 departure airports in Great Britain; London (Heathrow and City), Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Newcastle, Leeds, Cardiff, Bristol, Southampton, Durham Teesvalley, Humberside, Norwich and now Manston.
Henri Hourcade, General Manager for Air France / KLM in the UK commented: ‘Demand for efficient and convenient schedules to long-haul destinations from the UK continues to grow, to emerging markets in Latin America, Africa and the Far East, but equally to established markets such as North America.  By connecting the UK regions to worldwide destinations, KLM is offering more choice to holidaymakers, but equally adding to the infrastructure for regional UK businesses.”
Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive at Manston Airport, added: “The new services will be a real benefit to Kent and its residents.  Passengers will be able to arrive at Manston, park adjacent to the terminal building, check in and be on the flight to Amsterdam within minutes, a hassle-free experience that makes travelling a pleasure.  Passengers from Manston can leave home without the worries of road congestion or excessive flight delays affecting their journey.”