Manston Airport upgrades with new executive lounge ahead of KLM flights to Schiphol
Manston Airport to Schiphol begin next month
by business editor Trevor Sturgess
Passengers on the first KLM flights from Manston Airport will be
able to relax in a new executive lounge before take-off.
Work has started on the facility that should be ready in
time for the inaugural KLM flight to Schiphol in Amsterdam on April
The lounge aims to create a relaxing business environment for
passengers, offering comfy sofas and chairs, television and free
newspapers and magazines.
It will also be equipped with workstations, wi-fi as well as
printer and mobile phone battery charging facilities.
Refreshments, including teas, coffees and a light breakfast,
will be available to passengers flying on the morning
The facilities will be free to KLM's Skyteam Elite, Elite Plus
and business customers, while other passengers can emjoy a similar
service for £15.
The new service aims to woo passengers away from Heathrow,
Stansted for the 40-minute flight to Amsterdam's hub airport – plus
easier road travel and parking.
The hope is many passengers will use the service for onward
travel by airlines serving 190 destinations worldwide.
Airport chief executive Charles Buchanan (pictured right)
said: "The new lounge is part of our ongoing efforts to upgrade
facilities at the airport and support passengers using the new KLM
"We believe it will be another compelling reason why business
passengers will choose to fly from Manston via the twice-daily
service to Schiphol, rather than fight their way around the M25 and
M11 to other airports."
Meanwhile, the airport is hoping to find lounge sponsors. Mr
Buchanan said: "A number of Kent companies have expressed an
interest in marketing their services to travellers.
"The Executive Lounge offers them an opportunity to reach a
business audience and there is the possibility for one or more
local companies to sponsor the new facility."
JBH Refurbishment, based in Staplehurst, is creating the new
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