14 DECEMBER 2015


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Article from BTNews 14 DECEMBER 2015

Southamptonís double

New services announced by KLM and Aer Lingus Regional for next summer put Southampton Airport in celebration mood last week.

KLM is expanding its medium-haul network with twice-daily to and from Amsterdam from 16 May. It is the airline’s 16th UK destination and will be operated by the 80-seat Cityhopper Fokker 70. KLM has already announced an Inverness service from next summer.

As well as bringing traffic into the Southampton area, the service will connect in Amsterdam to more than 150 KLM destinations including New York, Washington, Toronto, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing.

The launch brings the total of British airports served by the airline to 17, which KLM claims makes it the UK’s largest regional full-service intercontinental carrier. 

The Aer Lingus Regional service, operated by Stobart Air, will offer up to five flights a week, adding to Southampton’s existing Ireland links to Dublin and Belfast.

Martin Saxton, chief commercial officer of Stobart Air, said:  “We are very pleased to announce the addition of new Aer Lingus Regional routes from Cork to Southampton. Choice in regional connectivity is paramount for our customers and key to our growth."

Southampton Airport managing director Dave Lees, said: “This new air link will open important connections for our region for business and the cruise industry, among others.”   www.aerlingus.com   www.klm.com   www.southamptonairport.com

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