Ryanair debuts at Norwich Airport with three new summer routes

Ryanair has revealed plans to commence operations at Norwich Airport during the upcoming summer season.

The airline will introduce three new routes to popular summer destinations – Alicante, Faro, and Malta – starting from April 1, 2024. This marks a significant milestone as Norwich becomes the 22nd UK airport served by Ryanair, providing enhanced travel options, competitive fares, and improved connectivity for customers in Norwich and the broader Norfolk region.

Ryanair’s Head of Communication, Jade Kirwan, said: ‘As the UK’s No.1 airline, we are delighted to announce that Ryanair’s low fares have finally arrived in Norwich. From 1st April 2024, we will operate 3 exciting new Summer sunshine routes to/from Norwich – Alicante, Faro, and Malta. Our new Norwich operation will not only bring competitive fares and a wider selection of Summer routes to our customers in Norwich and the wider Norfolk region, but will support important regional development through increased connectivity, inbound tourism, and local job creation.

We have worked productively with our new partners at Norwich Airport to agree terms which enable Ryanair to deliver this growth and investment for the region, and we look forward to further developing our partnership with Norwich Airport and welcoming Norfolk customers/visitors onboard our Ryanair flights to/from Norwich as we continue to grow to 300 million p.a. by 2034.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news for passengers and the first time that Ryanair has flown from Norwich Airport. Alicante, Faro and Malta are hugely popular destinations and with twice-weekly flights it means we can offer passengers even more great choice from their local airport. We’re delighted to be increasing connectivity for local communities and look forward to growing our partnership with Ryanair.’

KLM launches extra flights from Norwich to Amsterdam

KLM has announced plans to launch extra flights from Norwich Airport to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, in time for the Easter holidays.

Part of the Air France-KLM group, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is the flag carrier airline of the Netherlands headquartered in Amstelveen, with its hub at nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Starting March 27, KLM will be operating up to four return flights a day between Norwich and Amsterdam for the first time as demand for air travel recovers following the pandemic. With a flight time of 55 minutes, the new service provides options for city-break in Amsterdam in less than an hour, as well as easy access to Schiphol Airport’s global network of international onward connections.

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s great to see KLM’s Amsterdam route from Norwich getting back to full strength with four flights a day on weekdays and up to three a day at weekends.

‘It means passengers from Norwich have even more flexibility, whether that’s for a city break or onward travel from Schiphol to more than 270 destinations worldwide.’

To celebrate the additional flights, Norwich Airport has a competition to win a pair of return tickets to Amsterdam with KLM. The closing date is March 31.

Amsterdam is among the year-round destinations available from Norwich, which also include Tenerife with TUI and Aberdeen with Loganair. Norwich Airports full summer season gets underway in May with TUI offering a full schedule of eight sunshine destinations in Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Turkey. Blue Islands is also returning with a twice-weekly service to Jersey, providing short breaks closer to home.

Norwich Airport announces return of flights to Jersey for summer

Norwich Airport has announced the return of flights to Jersey with the start of Blue Islands’ new summer service.

The new direct Norwich to Jersey flights will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer up until September 24.

Blue Islands have partnered with Premier Holidays to offer a range of holidays to Jersey from Norwich Airport. Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands between England and France. In the UK flights are on offer to Aberdeen, Exeter, Guernsey and Jersey, and can be booked via www.norwichairport.co.uk

Rob Veron, Chief Executive of Blue Islands, said: ‘We’ve seen an excellent response to our convenient twice-weekly service, proving a popular option for those in the Norwich area looking forward to once again enjoying the warm welcome of Jersey’.

Mark Godfrey, Director of Premier Holidays, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with Blue Islands on the Norwich to Jersey service. By offering a wide selection of competitively priced holidays to Jersey including short breaks, luxury gourmet stays, traditional package holidays, coach groups and self-catering options, Premier Holidays have secured strong forward sales for the 2022 season.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director at Exeter Airport, said: ‘Jersey is a very welcome addition to our summer schedule, and we’re delighted to be offering passengers even more choice from their local airport. We’re offering 17 direct destinations in nine countries in 2022/23, plus worldwide connectivity via Amsterdam, and are seeing a significant increase in passengers.’

According to the release, countries reached directly from Norwich Airport in 2022/23 include Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Paphos), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes), Italy (Bergamo, gateway to the Italian Lakes), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain – Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca), Spain – Canaries (Tenerife), and Turkey (Dalaman). There are also day trips and arctic experiences to Lapland.

Norwich Airport announces resumption of flights to Exeter

Norwich Airport has said that flights between Norwich and Exeter resumed on March 7 with Loganair, reconnecting the two major cities for both business and leisure travellers.

Loganair, one of UK’s leading regional airlined, will operate the twice weekly direct service between Norwich and Exeter on Mondays and Fridays until March 25. Flights will then increase to four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays for the spring and summer seasons.

Richard Pace, Managing Director at Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see the link between Norwich and Exeter has returned. This is a key route for business travel, leisure travel and those visiting friends and family.

‘With the growth of the staycation market, we’re delighted to have this domestic route running as it re-establishes key connectivity between East Anglia and the South-West and makes a trip to Devon really appealing.’

Operated using a 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jet, the route will see fares starting from £64 one-way from Norwich. Reservations for Loganair’s service between Norwich and Exeter can be made by visiting www.loganair.co.uk or via local travel agents.

The airport also announced the full list of destinations reached directly from Norwich Airport in 2022: Bulgaria (Bourgas), Cyprus (Paphos), Greece (Corfu, Crete, Rhodes), Italy (Bergamo, gateway to the Italian Lakes), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Spain – Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca), Spain – Canaries (Tenerife), and Turkey (Dalaman). Plus, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Exeter in the UK, a summer service to Jersey, with Blue Islands and day trips and short breaks to Lapland.

In addition, customers may gain connectivity to over 150 destinations worldwide with KLM via Amsterdam.

Norwich Airport announces resumption of Guernsey flights

Norwich Airport has reported the resumption of flights to Guernsey this week with the first of five weekly Saturday services for those planning a holiday break in the Channel Islands.

Guernsey’s own airline Aurigny is operating the flights until September 18, marking the return of a summer service that it last operated from Norwich in 2019.

Malcolm Coupar, Commercial Director of Aurigny, said: ‘Aurigny are delighted to be returning to Norwich airport this weekend with the first of five weekly Saturday flights direct to Guernsey in just 90 minutes.

‘The seasonal service has always been popular and gives many the opportunity to visit the beautiful islands of Guernsey, Herm, Sark, Lihou and Alderney, which together make up the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Guernsey provides the safety of home yet the exotic appeal of an overseas location with much to see and explore. We look forward to welcoming aboard our visitors from Norwich and the surrounding areas.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s great to welcome Aurigny back with their flights to Guernsey and to be able to offer passengers another exciting destination from Norwich.

‘This week has also seen the return of flights from Norwich to Corfu with TUI, and we’re looking forward to their Tenerife service re-starting next month. In July we saw flights resume to Majorca, Exeter and Edinburgh, adding to our services to Amsterdam, Aberdeen and Jersey, which are all operating now.

‘Our 2022 holiday season is already shaping up well with flights to Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Italy and Bulgaria from May.’

Passengers can book the Guernsey flights with Aurigny at www.auringy.com. For a full list of destinations from Norwich Airport and details of how to book, visit www.norwichairport.co.uk

Loganair announces new direct routes connecting East Anglia with Norwich, Exeter

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has announced the launch of new air routes connecting East Anglia with the South-West of England with flights to Norwich and Exeter.

The service, which starts on July 12, will operate a four flights per week service across the summer season on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – moving to Monday and Friday flights from September onwards. The 70-minute flight will be operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jets and can be a more convenient way to travel than rail connections via London or the 320-mile road journey.

Fares start from £49.99 one-way including all taxes and charges. All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance, and tickets are on sale from today at www.loganair.co.uk. The service links existing Loganair destinations. Norwich is already served from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Jersey, and Exeter from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. Loganair also said that its Edinburgh-Norwich services, originally planned to resume in September, will now recommence on July 12.

Loganair Chief Executive Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We are very pleased to expand our commitment to Norwich and Exeter with this direct service, connecting two important UK business and leisure locations. We’re sure this new connection will be warmly welcomed by customers travelling for work reasons and by those – just as soon as they can – travelling to visit friends and family.

‘The need for domestic connectivity has been clearly recognised by the UK Government with its stated intention to reform Air Passenger Duty on domestic flights. There is no doubt the high level of APD has historically rendered such links as Norwich to Exeter economically difficult to sustain.

‘The fact that 42 of Flybe’s 46 lost domestic routes have now been restored also shows the resilience and the importance of supporting the UK’s domestic airlines and this ‘team effort’ across the industry is something of which we should we all be proud.’

Exeter Airport Operations Director Stephen Wiltshire said: ‘It’s marvellous that Loganair is re-establishing the link between Exeter and Norwich, which is a key route for business, tourism and reconnecting family and friends kept apart by the pandemic.

‘Importantly, this launch fills another gap left by the collapse of Flybe, with almost every domestic destination from Exeter now being restored by Loganair and other carriers over the coming months.’

Norwich Airport Managing Director Richard Pace said: ‘We’re delighted Loganair is re-establishing the link between Norwich and Exeter. We also welcome Loganair’s decision to restart the route to Edinburgh in July. In launching these routes, Loganair is putting its trust in the UK Government to deliver on its promise to reduce domestic Air Passenger Duty which is critical to the recovery and sustainability of domestic flying.’

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.

TUI UK announces new route from Norwich to Turkey, adds new routes at Bristol for summer

TUI has added a new destination – Antalya (Turkey) – to its summer 2020 programme from Norwich Airport.

The new Antalya flights from Norwich Airport will operate on Saturdays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to Dalaman (Turkey), offering more duration options for customers.

In addition, from Bristol Airport TUI has added new destinations of Girona (Spain) and Almeria (Spain) to its summer 2020 programme. The new flights from Bristol Airport to Izmir will operate on Saturdays, Girona on Tuesdays and Almeria on Sundays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to Orlando Sanford (Florida), Bodrum (Turkey) and Skiathos (Greece).

Bristol Airport will also see additional flying days to favourites such as Antalya, Tenerife and Larnaca. The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Dalaman (Turkey) and Palma (Spain) on Wednesdays, giving holidaymakers more choice for their summer holiday next year.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from Bristol Airport with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director, Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is fantastic news from TUI UK, meaning you can fly to two destinations in Turkey over summer 2020 from Norwich Airport.

‘We warmly welcome the new sunshine destination of Antalya, gateway to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in the southern Mediterranean, with Saturday departures, and the seasonal continuation of Dalaman, on the country’s lovely south-west coast, with the introduction of a Thursday flight.’

Nigel Scott, Business Development Director, Bristol Airport said: ‘This is incredibly positive news with TUI adding an extra 266,000 seats for summer 2020 season. We have worked closely with TUI to identify new opportunities which sees a range of exciting new destinations, and additional 10 and 11 night holidays and new flights to the most popular destinations. We are particularly delighted with the additional second weekly service to Orlando (Sanford) which provides improved options to the existing TUI long haul services from Bristol.’

Flybe announces 2019 summer schedule from Norwich Airport

Flybe, the UK-based European regional airline, has announced that it will continue its two sun routes to Alicante and Malaga for 2019 summer, together with four fights a week to Exeter.

The new services will be available for booking from Thursday, August 16, 2018. The routes will operate for the entire period of the summer schedule between March 31 and Saturday October 26, 2019 but are currently only available for travel through to June 16, 2019.

These three routes will join the existing Saturday service to Jersey that is already on sale, available for travel next summer. Flybe’s 2019 summer routes from Norwich include services to Alicante on Tuesdays and Fridays; Exeter on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a scheduled journey time of 75 minutes; weekly services to Jersey on Saturdays and to Malaga on Mondays and Thursdays.

Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer commented: ‘We look forward to welcoming many new customers on board next summer and hope that by putting these flights on sale now it will allow them the opportunity to plan their next summer travel early to take advantage of the lowest possible fares.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘This is great news as it gives our customers the opportunity to plan ahead, book early and benefit from great fares on these extremely popular Alicante and Malaga sun routes which have gone from strength to strength since launch in 2016.’

Full details of Flybe’s 2019 Summer schedule are available at www.flybe.com, Norwich Airport said in a release.

Thomas Cook Airlines announces new flight from Norwich to Dalaman

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced the launch of a new weekly flight from Norwich Airport to Dalaman, Turkey.

The weekly flight will be operated on Wednesdays and commence services on May 23 using A320 aircraft. Thomas Cook Airlines operates it flight-only from Norwich to Dalaman, one-way in economy from £75, one-week return from £219. Tickets are available to book on www.thomascookairlines.com.

The new flight service is introduced as the Thomas Cook Holiday Report 2018 found that holidaymakers are returning to Turkey this summer with a rise in bookings compared to last year. Thomas Cook Airlines is one of the largest UK carriers serving Turkey and Thomas Cook’s holiday bookings to Turkey have registered an increase of 84% year-on-year, it said.

Henry Sunley, Commercial Director at Thomas Cook Airlines, commented: ‘Turkey is a really popular destination for our customers and we are very pleased to add Norwich airport to our growing number of UK airports. We now have more than 140 weekly departures to Turkey from fourteen airports across the UK.’

Richard Pace, Managing Director at Norwich Airport, said: ‘Dalaman is in the heart of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and is making a welcome return to our schedules in 2018. This new weekly flight gives the region’s holidaymakers even more choice from their local airport and we look forward to it starting next week.’

Thomas Cook offers seven nights in Dalaman, Turkey starting from £839 per person, based on two adults sharing. The stay will be arranged at the four star Sentido Orka Lotus Beach on an all-inclusive basis, flying from Norwich. The holidays are available to book on www.thomascook.com.