Charles Buchanan, Manston Airport’s CEO; and Henri Hourcade, AF-KLM’s GM UK and Ireland, jointly celebrated the airline’s arrival in Manston. Buchanan then said: ““The start of the KLM service marks the next exciting chapter in the airport’s history. For the first time it connects Kent residents and businesses with the world through a global hub thanks to a national flag carrier airline.”
Upon the airline’s maiden arrival in Fukuoka, cabin and ground crew members of KLM posed for a commemorative picture with Miffy mascots. Fukuoka is KLM’s third destination in Japan.
- KLM increased its international offering from its Amsterdam(AMS) hub as it added three new routes. On 1 April, the carrier launched twice-daily flights on the 260-kilometre route to Manston (MSE), the shortest of the carrier’s 14 routes to the UK. On 2 April, KLM commenced thrice-weekly services to Fukuoka (FUK), making it its third destination in Japan, where the carrier already operates 11 weekly schedule to Tokyo Narita, and daily to Osaka Kansai. On 3 April, the Dutch airline started operating its seventh route to Norway, and now offers twice-daily services to Ålesund (AES). Short-haul Fokkers operate the two European routes, while 777-200ERs are deployed on the new long-haul service.