Manston Airport bosses confident of KLM future

  • 1 July 2013
  • From the section Kent
KLM plane
Image caption KLM flights from Manston to Amsterdam started in April

Bosses at Manston Airport have said they are confident that a new passenger service to Amsterdam has a future.

It comes after passengers said they had travelled on KLM planes that were less than half full.

The Dutch carrier started twice-daily flights from East Kent to Schiphol three months ago.

Charles Buchanan, Manston's chief executive, told the BBC that the new service was a success.

"We have some flights that are less full than others obviously, but we've had others that are absolutely jam-packed and not a spare seat to be had," he said.

"That's the normal way of aviation - you get some that are full and some that are less so.

"We're confident that the service has a future.

"This is a growing service, the forward bookings are coming in at a good rate."

KLM started running two morning flights from Manston, with one returning in mid-morning and the other in the evening starting on 2 April.

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