Norwich airline Linksair in fly-drive partnership with Europcar

UK regional airline Linksair, which recently introduced daily weekday services to Cardiff, South Wales and Anglesey, North Wales from Norwich International Airport, has announced a new fly-drive partnership with Europcar, the car hire brand.

Under the new partnership, passengers booking on the new Cardiff and Anglesey air services are offered a 10 percent discount on the hire of all cars and vans via Linksair.

With a branch in all airports served by Linksair including Norwich International, the new Europcar car-hire service is intended at making the service more user friendly both for business and leisure travellers flying Norwich.

Roger Hage, Linksair commercial manager, said: ‘We are delighted one of the biggest vehicle hire brands is so keen to work with us not only in Norwich, Cardiff and Anglesey, but across our network. With the new Norwich to Cardiff and Anglesey service being such a valued time saving compared to driving or using the train for business or connecting offshore for example, arriving fresh and ready for their day, a saving on car-hire can also now be made’

Europcar Marketing and Partnership Support Manager, Simon Burnley, said ‘At Europcar we are pleased to be working in partnership with Linksair, offering passengers preferential rates for their onward travel needs.’

Norwich Airport Operations Director and General Manager, Richard Pace added: ‘The new working partnership between Linksair and Eurocar further enhances the convenience and cost effectiveness of our new Norwich to Cardiff route which provides local leisure and business travellers with an opportunity to reach Wales from Norfolk in just over an hour.’

Linksair recently announced a new daily weekday Cardiff-Norwich route, which will depart from Cardiff daily at 10.20AM each weekday, with a return service leaving Norwich at 2.20PM (1.20PM Fridays) and with fares starting at £59.00 one-way. The new route is in addition to Linksair’s Cardiff-Anglesey twice daily weekday service and its Robin-Hood Airport services to the Isle of Man and Belfast.

The new fly-drive partnership should benefit passengers looking to attend events such as the Renewable Wales conference on May 20-21 or the Rugby World Cup throughout August in Cardiff and the Ashes Cricket Test in Glamorgan.


LinksAir commence new service to Cardiff from Norwich International

UK regional airline LinksAir has announced the launch of a new air service from Norwich International Airport to Cardiff, benefiting business travellers.

The new air-link between Cardiff Airport and Norwich International in East Anglia commenced on Monday, April 20, linking Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and the South Wales region and also via the onward connection, Anglesey and North Wales, to the East Anglian counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

The return Norwich-Cardiff-Anglesey services will depart Norwich International at 2:20 PM saving significantly in time by over four-hours on existing rail or road journey times to both regions. Flights are available to book with air fares from £59.00 one-way including all taxes and charges. A special ‘launch’ fare of £99 return to Cardiff or £139 to Anglesey is available.

The East of England and its Norfolk and Suffolk coast is reportedly one of the UK’s busiest in the energy sector, especially with gas and offshore renewable developments.

LinksAir Commercial Manager, Roger Hage, added ‘We are delighted at LinksAir with the initial response to us taking over the Cardiff-Anglesey service and already carrying such increased passenger numbers. Adding the new daily weekday Norwich service will add further to the destinations available from and to Wales helping business and leisure accessibility to the East Anglia region to both North and South Wales.’

Norwich Airport Chief Executive Andrew Bell added, ‘The introduction of the Cardiff route and the new onward connection to Anglesey is another positive step in the airport’s strategy to deliver regional connectivity to both leisure and business travellers as it will not only benefit those working within the energy sector but other industries and those wishing to travel to visit friends and relatives in Wales.’

This new Norwich service was launched after the Cardiff-Anglesey Intra-Wales air service registered an increase in passenger numbers of over 45 percent for the month of March compared to 2014, with 1,145 passengers using the link to Anglesey – the highest number in a single month since June 2009.