Published: 09:00, 14 November 2012 |
Updated: 09:43, 10 January 2014
Thanet MPs have welcomed news Manston airport is to be linked with one of the busiest in Europe as it is confirmed flights to Amsterdam will start in April.
International airline KLM announced yesterday it will run twice-daily flights to Schiphol - using aircraft that can carry up to 80 passengers.
The move comes after a poll of Kent residents saw 9,000 responses, with "staggering support" for the international flights.
The first of the 55-minute flights will take off at 6.30am each day, with the latest returning at 8.45pm.
Thanet North MP Sir Roger Gale, pictured left, said: "For more than 20 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."
Thanet South MP Laura Sandys said the move makes the county more attractive for investors.
She added: "I am very much looking forward to supporting KLM to ensure that this route is a success."
The new service, starting on April 2, could create dozens of jobs and re-establish Manston's reputation as an ideal airport for scheduled operators.
It might also widen the appeal for potential buyers after New Zealand-based Infratil put the airport up for sale.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.