Forty new jobs land at Manston Airport
The East Kent economy has received a welcome jobs boost with the recruitment of 42 new members of staff at Manston Airport.
The recruits will ensure the smooth operation of the imminent KLM twice daily return flights from Manston to Schiphol, Amsterdam. The total of new employees is 14 more than the airport announced when the new service was launched in November, bringing the total number of staff at Manston to almost 140.
With the majority of customer service agents and security staff now recruited, training is underway for the new team supporting the KLM service.
Charles Buchanan, Chief Executive of Manston Airport, 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 EastKent. 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 area.
“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.”
Welcoming the news, Sir Roger Gale, MP for North Thanet, added: “I am pleased to know that already the impact of the faith that KLM has shown in Manston is being felt. 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.”