Norwich Airport launches destination guide for annual holidays

Norwich Airport has recently launched its annual destination guide for this year – Fly Norwich 2020 – offering a choice of sun destinations for holidaymakers looking to book their annual holiday.

Fly Norwich 2020 features 21 destinations in 10 countries, with over 700 worldwide connections through Amsterdam, with up to four flights a day from Norwich to the Netherlands.

For 2020, Norwich Airport is offering new direct flights to the Antalya region on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, plus two flights a week to Dalaman in Turkey. In addition, for winter 2020, there are twice weekly flights to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Norwich Airport will offer direct services to Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Paphos), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes), Italy (Bergamo), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain – Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca), Spain – Canaries (Tenerife), and Turkey (Antalya and Dalaman). In the UK there are daily flights to Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and regular services to Jersey, all with Loganair, and Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with Aurigny. There are also day trips and short breaks to Lapland.

Managing Director Richard Pace said: ‘We’re delighted to be publishing the latest edition of Fly Norwich with a host of ideas and inspiration for discovering the world with Norwich Airport.

‘Whether it’s a fly-cruise, short break, summer sun, winter escapes or business links, our fantastic choice of direct flights and even more onward connections via Amsterdam makes the world readily accessible, all with the ease and convenience of flying from your local airport.’

Norwich Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over 544,000 passengers have used the airport over the 12 month period ended March 2019. Carriers operating from Norwich include TUI, KLM and Loganair.

KLM adds an extra 11,000 seats from Aberdeen to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Aberdeen International Airport has said that KLM will add a further daily midweek service to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for the airline’s winter 2019/2020 schedule.

With the addition starting on Monday, October 28, KLM’s winter schedule will increase from the current four midweek flights each day to include an additional fifth service. Using the airline’s 100-seat capacity Embraer E190 fleet, the additional daily midweek flight will add nearly 22,000 seats to and from Amsterdam – a total increase in seat capacity of 18 percent compared to the same period last year.

The additional capacity will enable customers to visit Amsterdam for a short break or take onward connections to 162 KLM destinations worldwide, via its hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The additional fights will leave Amsterdam at 11.40, and arrive in Aberdeen at 12:10; and on return will leave Aberdeen at 12.40 and arrive Amsterdam at 15:15 hours. The additional flights this winter and next summer are now on sale.

Steve Szalay, Managing Director at Aberdeen International Airport, said: ‘The introduction of this additional daily rotation is fantastic news for the airport and our passengers, particularly given the volume of additional seats involved.

‘Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is a key destination for both inbound and outbound business travellers and given the connectivity it provides in its capacity as one of Europe’s busiest hub airports, it is also extremely popular with our leisure passengers and those working in the oil and gas industry.’

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, said: ‘As a result of positive commercial performance and strong passenger numbers, we are delighted to be able to add 18% of extra capacity on our Aberdeen to Amsterdam route for the winter season.

‘The addition of an extra weekday flight on the route will provide people in the Aberdeen area with five daily flights to Amsterdam, giving passengers greater opportunity to take advantage of our worldwide connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.’

KLM Airlines to add extra 10,000 seats from Bristol Airport for summer 2019

Netherlands-based KLM Airlines is planning to add extra 10,000 seats between Bristol and Amsterdam this summer, commencing June 24.

The expansion will allow travellers and holidaymakers to visit Amsterdam for a short break or connect to 162 KLM destinations worldwide via Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. To meet the expansion plans, KLM will upgrade the aircraft operating on the weekday service to a Boeing 737 aircraft, providing an additional 32 seats per flight. KLM currently operates four daily flights to Amsterdam from Bristol and the introduction of the Boeing 737 jet service will increase the overall seat capacity by 6.2% compared to the same period last summer.

Benedicte Duval, General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, said, ‘Due to strong passenger numbers and positive commercial performance on our Bristol to Amsterdam route, we are pleased to be in a position to increase route capacity for the summer 2019 season.

‘The addition of a larger Boeing 737 aircraft will provide almost 10,000 additional seats across the period, giving people in the West of England more opportunity to fly with KLM, and take advantage of our worldwide connections from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly exciting news and we are delighted that KLM is adding the B737 jet service to the Amsterdam route from Bristol Airport for the first time.

‘This decision is based on the strong passenger demand in the region and represents a key milestone in our relationship with KLM. The airline has consistently improved the service and product from Bristol Airport over 30 years of the airline partnership. We look forward to additional improvements in the future which will benefit business, leisure passengers and inbound visitors with improved connectivity from Bristol to the world via the Amsterdam hub.’

Expected to serve more than nine million passengers in 2019, Bristol Airport serves nearly 126 direct routes globally.

KLM increases flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam Schiphol

Aberdeen International Airport has said that KLM will operate an additional daily flight to Amsterdam Schiphol, starting May.

The extra frequency will increase the number of flights from Aberdeen to Amsterdam to five a day. The service will be effective during the months of May, June, September and October.

With the additional service, nearly 20,000 more seats are on sale, increasing capacity by around 10 percent on the route. The additional flight will be operated by an Embraer 190, carrying 100 passengers.

Aberdeen International Airport’s Managing Director, Steve Szalay, said: ‘We warmly welcome KLM’s decision to expand its presence here at the airport. With more than an additional 20,000 seats available for passengers to purchase, this is a real shot in the arm for us as we enter an exciting period, as our Terminal Transformation project is on course for completion in the autumn.

‘Amsterdam is a key destination for us for both business and leisure purposes, and we look forward to welcoming our passengers on to the additional flight later this year.’

General Manager for Air France-KLM in the UK & Ireland, Benedicte Duval, said: ‘We are delighted to announce a capacity increase of 20,000 seats for summer 2019, taking our KLM operation to five daily flights between Aberdeen and Amsterdam during a key travel period. The extra frequency will not only allow more local people take advantage of KLM’s worldwide network through Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, it will also provide more choice and convenience for inbound travel to Europe’s energy capital, boosting local business.’

Tickets are now on sale for the new flight which will operate on weekdays between May 6 and July 5 and between September 2 and October 25. KLM offers Aberdeen-based passengers connections to 165 destinations worldwide via its hub at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

Flybe announces winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield

European regional airline Flybe has started operating its 2017-18 winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, featuring six routes with a choice of up to 21 departures a week.

As part of its 2017-18 winter offering, Flybe will operate five flights to Paris each week, thrice a week to Dublin, twice a week to Alicante, Berlin Tegel and Jersey and daily service to Amsterdam. Seats are available for booking now at for travel effective until March 24, 2018. The airline has recently renewed its Cafe Flybe menu, with brand new food and drink options available for passengers to buy onboard.

The UK-based airline will operate flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; to Dublin on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays; to Alicante on Tuesdays and Saturdays; to Berlin Tegel on Mondays and Fridays; to Jersey on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and a daily service to Amsterdam.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe’s Interim Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘Our 2017/18 Winter schedule provides reliable and affordable services for business travel as well a choice of leisure destinations for those looking to take advantage of a winter break.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA added: ‘The 2017/18 Flybe Winter schedule offers both convenient and inexpensive options for all types of winter travellers. As always, we are pleased to provide our passengers with impeccable personable service at DSA as well as a range of flight options with Flybe.’

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) was recently named the best small airport in UK by Which? consumer magazine. Small airports are rated as those airports with fewer than 10 million passengers.

The airport scored 87 percent overall beating all airports in the North and Midlands by as much as 20 percent. DSA scores highly in areas such as queues at security, passport control, baggage drop, seating and toilets, the airport said.

easyJet adds 85,000 extra seats to Amsterdam and Barcelona from Luton, new flight to Zurich

easyJet, the UK-based low fares airline, has added 12 weekly summer flights from London Luton Airport to Amsterdam and Barcelona, and an extra daily flight to Zurich for next winter.

The budget airline has added an extra 85,000 seats between Luton and the Dutch and the Catalan Capitals, taking easyJet’s year round frequency to Barcelona to three flights a day, and up to six flights a day available between Luton and Amsterdam. With the addition, easyJet will carry almost three quarters of a million passengers a year on the two routes to and from Luton.

easyJet has also said that its plans to double its daily flights to Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich next winter.

easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, Neil Slaven, said: ‘Amsterdam, Barcelona and Zurich are extremely popular connections from Luton and we’re therefore delighted to be able to cater for the extra demand. In doing so it enables us to continue our expansion at the Airport.

‘We have added a significant number of extra seats which allows us to continue to provide affordable, convenient connections for our customers whether they’re travelling on business or leisure.’

The announcement comes after easyJet representatives joined London Luton Airport management and the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin last month to mark the official launch of the £110m redevelopment of the airport. The airline expects strong growth at Luton and now has a network of over 51 routes served from the Airport, it said.

easyJet will base an additional four aircraft at Luton this year, bringing the total number of based aircraft to 19. The airline is expected to fly over six million passengers from the airport this year, an increase of 500,000 in the last 12 months.

One of Europe’s leading airlines, easyJet flies over 240 aircraft on more than 780 routes to over 130 airports across 32 countries. The airline carries over 68 million passengers annually, of which more than 12 million are travelling on business.


Flybe announces new Liverpool -Amsterdam route

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced the launch of a new route between Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The new service was launched on September 7 2015 and offers up to three flights per day, departing early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon. The service enables passengers to connect onwards to a host of European and long haul destinations available from Amsterdam including New York, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai and Toronto.

This new route will add to the airline’s existing Liverpool departures to the Isle of Man and Belfast City, with Flybe operating a total of up to 120 weekly flights to and from Liverpool. The airline has also recently announced further expansion from Liverpool with the addition of a new daily service to Edinburgh that starts at the end of October.

To mark the occasion of Flybe’s inaugural flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam, Mark Povall, LJLA’s Air Service Development Director, presented Lotte Harbers, Aviation Marketing Director for Schiphol Airport, with a special ‘Superlambanana’ gift on behalf of Liverpool. The ‘Superlambanana’ is a famous 17ft tall sculpture located in Liverpool City centre.

Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer of Flybe, said: ‘Flybe is delighted to play a part in making it possible for Liverpool customers to access the world through Amsterdam and, just as importantly, make it easier for the rest of the world to come to Liverpool. We already have a number of code-share and interline arrangements with long haul carriers that, in the future, have the potential to benefit passengers even further.’

Andrew Cornish, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport commented: ‘In the past, re-establishing a ‘hub link’ from Liverpool has been the most requested service by stakeholders and passengers across the Liverpool City Region. Both business and leisure passengers are now able to take advantage of the convenience of being able to start their long haul journeys from their home airport, as well as bringing a further boost for the region’s tourism offer and inward investment opportunities.’

Fares on Flybe’s new route to Amsterdam start from £34.99 one way including taxes and charges, and are available for booking through to March 26, 2016 at

Eurostar to launch direct London – Amsterdam train service by late 2016

Eurostar, a high-speed railway service presently connecting London with Paris and Brussels, has said that it will launch direct train services from London to Amsterdam in December 2016.

Under the plan, which follows an agreement with Dutch Railways, Eurostar will run two services a day, with a journey time of four hours via the Channel Tunnel. Trains starting from London will stop at Brussels and Antwerp in Belgium, and Rotterdam and Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, before terminating at Amsterdam Central station, Bloomberg reported, citing an email statement by Eurostar.

With a four-hour journey and two services in each direction per day, the proposed plan will provide an alternative to air travel on the London-Amsterdam route, supposedly the busiest international airline market in Europe. Around three million people travel between London and Amsterdam each year, a combination of business and leisure passengers.

‘We have long been ambitious for expansion to new destinations so today’s announcement marks a major advance in our growth plans. With over three million passengers travelling by air between London and Amsterdam, this is one of Europe’s most popular routes,’ said Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar’s chief executive.

Currently British travellers heading to Amsterdam with Eurostar must change trains in Brussels, and the journey takes almost five hours.

The expansion plan still requires Dutch parliamentary approval after a deal with the infrastructure ministry, Petrovic said. The service will see a new generation of 186 mph e320 trains ordered from Siemens AG.

The Telegraph has quoted Lucy Drake, senior press officer with Eurostar, as saying that while the train fare was yet to be determined, it would probably be in the range of £99 return – the current charge for the non-direct journey from London to Amsterdam.

‘We will compete with the low-cost airlines flying to Amsterdam and are sure this will be a very attractive alternative,’ Ms. Drake said.

Cambridge Airport to launch new flights to Amsterdam and Paris

Cambridge Airport is set to launch new flights to four European destinations, including Amsterdam and Paris.

Under the plan, fifty new flights will be operational every week and all services will be run by Swiss carrier Darwin Airline. Amsterdam will be the key destination, with 24 weekly flights to and from Schiphol. In addition, there will also be 12 flights a week to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle, eight weekly flights to and from Milan’s Malpensa air hub and six weekly services to and from Geneva.

Established in 1937, Cambridge Airport has not operated international services much except offering charter flights to Verona and Naples, Italy and scheduled services to Jersey since 2012. Located three miles from the city centre, the airport will offer competition for the London airports – particularly Stansted and Norwich Airport. Norwich provides a daily service to Schiphol through KLM Cityhopper.

Cambridge Airport will also have a link with the tour operator Inghams. This will enable holidaymakers to book winter sports packages to 18 Alpine resorts, including eminent names such as Courchevel, Meribel and Val D’Isere. Set to begin in December, the winter sports package will also include Saturday flights to Geneva.

The international air travel boost was first announced in May 2013. At the time, chief commercial officer Christian Schneider said that the airline had chosen Cambridge as its UK base as the city was ‘a perfect fit.’ ‘Cambridge has the fastest growing economy in the UK, and a very interesting regional catchment area – a population of six million potential customers living within a 60 to 90 minute drive of the airport,’ Schneider said.

‘We expect to carry 80,000 people a year from Cambridge to these major European cities, both for pleasure and business,’ he added.

The scheduled flights, with fares starting from GBP119 per person each way and £159 return, are due to begin in September. More information about the new flights is available online at

Eurostar Stops Ticket Sales for Amsterdam Route

Eurostar International, a UK-based high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, has announced the suspension of its ticket sales for the London to Amsterdam, via Brussels, route.

Previously, Eurostar passengers were travelling to Brussels Midi and switching to high-speed Thalys or regular trains for the final journey to Amsterdam. In December 2012, the company launched the new Fyra service to replace the earlier slower trains, which has created a problem with the company’s ticketing system. Following this the company has decide to temporarily suspend selling tickets to Amsterdam, or any Dutch destination, through its website.

A Eurostar spokesperson said, ‘We are currently in discussion with both Thalys and Fyra regarding arrangements for travel between London, Amsterdam and beyond into the Netherlands. We hope to be able to offer an update on arrangements in the near future.

In the interim, our advice to passengers is to book tickets for travel between London and the Netherlands via Rail Europe.’

The company is also offering a twelve-day express sale until January 14 this year, for travel from January 17, to March 27, 2013. Around 150,000 seats are available for London to Paris, Brussels or Lille. Fares commence from £159 return for Standard Premier travel, with more space and meals included. Travel from London to any Belgian destination is available from £69 return in standard class.

Mary Walsh, the company director of communications for Eurostar, said, ‘We’re encouraging people to start the New Year in style with a great value city escape to Paris, Lille or Brussels. With our lowest fares available for travel up until late March, there is ample opportunity for passengers to indulge in a mini break on the Continent next year.’