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15 February 2010, 13:46
UK Airline Flybe's announced a daily service from Edinburgh to Manston that will start on May 27th.
The flight will take 80 minutes using 78 seat Bombardier Q-400 planes.
It's thought the new route will be a boost to Kent's economy, providing dozens of jobs at the airport and more tourism.
Mike Rutter, Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer says:
"We're delighted to be adding this new service to the South East from Edinburgh and also to being the first carrier to offer Kent travellers a scheduled service out of Kent International. It also reflects our commitment to continued growth from our Edinburgh base and also to our development into new regions."
Matt Clarke, Chief Executive of Kent International Airport, is confident the route will be successful:
"I'm sure this route will be hugely popular with people in Kent because Edinburgh is such a great place to visit with its history, culture and, of course, its world-famous festivals."
Looking forward to welcoming Scottish visitors to Kent, he added:
"Flying to Kent International is a hassle free way to arrive in south east England. Our airport is easy to get to, easy to find your way around and allows passengers to enjoy flying the way it's meant to be - boarding an aircraft merely metres from where you have parked your car."