KLM announces new regional service to Manston in SE England

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to strengthen its regional presence in the UK with the start of scheduled flights out of Manston Airport in Kent, the county known as “the Garden of England”.

From 2 April 2013, the twice-daily flights will connect Manston to KLM’s hub at Amsterdam Schiphol. The airline will offer connections to its worldwide network of over 130 destinations from the southeast of England.

KLM will operate the new services twice daily using Fokker 70s, carrying up to 80 passengers. The flight schedule, which is optimised both for convenient same-day returns to Amsterdam as well as for quick and efficient transfers to its worldwide network, has outbound flights from Manston at 06:35 and 10:40, arriving at Schiphol at 08:35 and 12:35 respectively.

In the opposite direction, there is one morning flight, leaving Amsterdam at 10:10 and arriving at Manston at 10:05, plus an evening flight departing Amsterdam at 20:50 and landing at Manston at 20:45 (all times local).

KLM says the launch of the Manston service adds to its claim to be the UK’s regional airline of choice. 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 Tees Valley, Humberside, Norwich and now Manston.

Charles Buchanan, chief executive at Manston Airport, commented, “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.”

Photo shows (l-r): Charles Buchanan, chief executive, Manston Airport and Henri Hourcade, general manager for Air France/KLM.

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