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Holidays from Kent International

Holidays from Kent International Airport

Kent International airport destinations

You can fly to Amsterdam from Kent International with KLM. You can also now fly to Naples and Verona in Italy, Oporto in Portugal and the French Riviera with Newmarket Holidays.

Kent International airport basics

Kent International has a convenient Tax Free outlet providing a wide range of products including top brand perfumes and cosmetics, alcohol, fashion and accessories, jewellery, watches, posh foods and sweets, electronics, books and children's toys. Plus a ‘shop and collect’ service so you can shop duty free without worrying about excess baggage. There’s a café on the main concourse, in the terminal building, and another in the departure lounge, both serving hot and cold drinks and snacks and each featuring a fully licensed bar.

Airport directions

By bus

Number 38 and 38A Stagecoach buses run regular services between the airport and Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Birchington. Here’s a link to the Stagecoach timetable.

By train

Your best route from the airport to and from Ramsgate train station is by taxi, an eight mile journey. Southeastern trains operate high speed hourly services to and from London St Pancras, leaving Ramsgate at 5 minutes past the hour all day, with a journey time of around an hour and a quarter. There are also regular Southeastern trains to and from Ramsgate and London Victoria or London Charring Cross, taking about two hours.

By car

The entrance to Manston’s passenger terminal is on the B2050 road just a mile from the village of Manston itself and two miles from Ramsgate. Your driving time from London? Roughly an hour and a half.


Flybe.com, Newmarket Holidays and Discover Jersey all fly from Kent International airport.

Airport car parking

The airport parking at Kent International is the cheapest in the south east. The airport car park is fenced, right outside the terminal for convenience and protected with 24 hour security. Because the car park is so large, there’s no need to pre-book. Just turn up!

Airport hotels

The Express by Holiday Inn is just third of a mile from the airport and there’s a Premier Inn at Birchington, a mile and a bit away. Otherwise you’ll find a good choice of independent hotels, B&Bs and guest houses in Birchington, Ramsgate, Margate and other villages in the local area.

Airport history

Manston, AKA Kent International Airport, sits at Manston in the district of Thanet, 13 miles north east of Canterbury and twenty minutes by car. Once a Royal Air Force airfield, it has a single runway about a mile from the south coast. Manston was heavily bombed in the Battle of Britain and the war hero Barnes Wallis tested his bouncing bombs at nearby Reculver, practising for the famous Dambusters raid. In recent times the airport and runway were filmed for Die Another Day, the 2001 James Bond film, being transformed into a North Korean airbase for the movie.  

Airport Code


Airport Address

Main Terminal Building, Manston, Kent, CT12 5BP, Telephone: 01843 823 600

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