More jobs land at Manston airport ahead of KLM Amsterdam flights
Flights to Amsterdam will
take off from Manston on April 2
The east Kent economy has received a jobs boost - with new
flights from Manston airport to Amsterdam creating more roles
KLM will operate twice-daily return flights from Kent
International Airport to Schiphol from April 2.
Manston is recruiting 42 new members of staff to cope with extra
That is 14 more than the airport announced when the service was
launched in November - bringing the total number of staff members
at Manston to almost 140.
Manston airport chief executive Charles
Buchanan, pictured right, said: "We have appointed most of the
new staff with just a few places yet to fill.
"The new recruits follow the same pattern as our existing staff
with 55% being Thanet residents, and a further 38% are from
elsewhere in east Kent.
"Importantly, almost a fifth of the new recruits were previously
unemployed and this has to be good news for the long term future of
"The new service marks a significant step up in the operation of
the airport. In addition to customer service and security we have
also added to our teams at air traffic control, in baggage
handling, refueling and our dedicated fire service."
North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale said: "I am pleased to know that
already the impact of the faith that KLM has shown in Manston is
"This highlights once again the job-creating potential of the
airport and its value as an asset in east Kent. I naturally hope
that the commitment shown by KLM will be replicated by others in
the near future."
The first of the 55-minute flights, which will cost
£99, will take off at 6.30am each day and the aircraft will
carry up to 80 passengers.
Last year, nearly 50 million passengers passed through Schiphol,
making it one of Europe’s busiest airports.
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