KLM, part of the KLM Air France Group, has launched its latest regional route from Manston Airport in Kent to Amsterdam Schiphol. KLM says the new service, the only scheduled passenger flight from Kent airport, will give local travellers access to over 190 destinations worldwide via Schiphol with KLM.
KLM says the new service from Manston will mean that passengers from Kent can now avoid having to travel across London or through the congestion that leads to Heathrow or Gatwick. 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. Flights are available for £79 return (including tax).
“The new route from Manston offers passengers in Kent and the South East of England twice daily flights to a key business location, as well as an important connection to a host of worldwide destinations,” said General Manager of Air France KLM, UK and Ireland, Henri Hourcade. “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. Forward bookings look good and we anticipate this service going from strength-to-strength as we become established in Kent.”
Dawn Bowen, Conference Manager at Kent Conference Bureau welcomed the initiative and told CN the new route will make international access to the business venues of Kent much easier. “With Manston’s quick customs and passport controls, easy access and road connections, international visitors can expect to arrive in the county and their onward destination promptly. With over 60 venues around the county and many hotels, these low cost flights make Kent an attractive choice and a good alternative to city centre venues when it comes to doing business,” she said.
To mark the launch, KLM and Manston Airport hosted media and invited guests, including representatives of the local travel trade, local chambers of commerce and Thanet and Kent Local Authorities. Along with passengers they were able to witness the traditional aircraft ’baptism’ performed by the Airport Fire and Rescue Service, who sprayed water over the aircraft after landing from Amsterdam at 9.15am on 2 April 2013.
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