MPs welcome airport deal

Kent MPs Sir Roger Gale for Thanet North and Laura Sandys for Thanet South have both welcomed the news that KLM/Air France will run a twice-daily service between Manston International Airport and Schiphol near Amsterdam.

For more than twenty years a few of us have staked our faith in the belief that Manston has a job-creating future as a successful regional airport. We have, of course, seen some false starts but this is the first time that a major international flag-carrier has made a commitment to regular flights to mainland Europe. With Schiphol's status as one of Europe's fastest-growing inter-lining airports this move really does connect Kent with the rest of the world and the rest of the world with Kent."

– Sir Roger Gale MP, Thanet North

I am delighted that KLM have decided to start offering flights from Manston. This makes Thanet even better connected with the rest of the world and makes our area a more attractive place to invest. I am very much looking forward to supporting KLM to ensure that this route is a success."

– Laura Sandys, MP Thanet South

Sir Roger added that plans for a third runway at Heathrow or a second at Gatwick were all a long way in the future. He said the demand for more airport capacity in the south east was immediate.


Major deal for Manston

One of the world's biggest airlines has tonight confirmed a major deal which will see regular flights linking Manston, in Kent, with the international hub airport at Amsterdam's Schipol airport.