Norwich Airport announces new flights to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva

Norwich International Airport has announced new flights to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva after airport operated Regional & City Airports (RCA) completed an agreement to guarantee winter and summer flights.

RCA, the UK regional airport operator, has strengthened its strategic association with Flybe to introduce year-round scheduled holiday flights at Norwich Airport with seats available for booking from early November after the release of Flybe’s 2016 summer schedule.

The partnership will see the return of scheduled sunshine flights to Norwich for the first time in almost a decade. Year round services from Norwich Airport to Alicante and Malaga will start in March 2016, while the new flight service to Geneva is expected later in 2016.

Sir Peter Rigby, chairman and founder of RCA owners Rigby Group, said: ‘Since taking ownership of Norwich Airport a year ago we have been firm on our commitment to invest in the future of the site. Today, with a milestone agreement guaranteeing the continued operation of scheduled winter and summer holiday routes from the airport, we have underlined that determination with some very concrete results.

‘I am confident that this announcement, which provides tangible proof of the exciting future facing Norwich, will be just first of many positive developments.’

Andrew Bell, who heads up RCA (Regional and City Airports), the airport management division of Rigby Group PLC and owners of Norwich, said: ‘This is a tremendously exciting time. For nine years the issue of reviving scheduled sunshine flights from Norwich has been the number one priority issue raised by our customers, and to see them return from 2016 will be hugely welcomed across the region.’

With the agreement, one of Flybe’s Embraer 195 aircraft will return to the skies and will be used more frequently by the airport. The initial destinations will be available for booking next month, and RCA will investigate the possibility of adding extra routes in case of continued demand, the airport said.


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.


LinksAir to launch new weekday Norwich service from Cardiff

UK regional airline LinksAir has announced a new Norwich service from Cardiff Airport, starting April.

This new air-link is expected to offer significant time and cost savings on the cross-country journey for frequent travellers. The new service will depart Cardiff Airport, South Wales at 10:20 AM each morning, arriving at Norwich Airport at 11:25 AM, saving over four-hours on existing rail or road journey times. The return service is scheduled at 2:20 PM (1.20 PM on a Friday).

Effective from April, LinksAir, which operates the North-South Wales air-link between Cardiff and Anglesey, will commence the new Cardiff-Norwich daily service on weekdays, with air fares from £59.00 one-way including all taxes and charges.

Spencer Birns, Aviation and Business Development Director, Cardiff Airport said: ‘It is great to see LinksAir adding new routes from Cardiff and taking advantage of the opportunity to connect Wales even further. Norfolk and the East Anglian region will appeal to both business and leisure customers as well as bring visitors in to Wales.’

Norwich Airport Chief Executive Andrew Bell commented: ‘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.’

The new Norwich link will also be available from and to Anglesey via Cardiff connecting Anglesey and North-Wales to the East Anglian region – one of the UK’s busiest regions in the energy sector.

LinksAir Commercial Manager, Roger Hage, added: ‘We are committed at LinksAir to growing the accessibility to both North and South Wales and the UK regions so are delighted to add this new link to our growing network for Wales. With the combination of affordable fares, flexibility in booking and quality service we expect this route to be popular for business and leisure alike to complement our new twice-daily weekday Cardiff-Anglesey service alongside our other charter and contract flying commitments as a growing regional airline.’

A special ‘launch’ fare of £99 return including a free bag each-way is on offer until February 13, for travel between April 20 and October 31, 2015.


Eastern Airways introduces new Aberdeen-Norwich Sunday service

Eastern Airways, a provider of flights to the most popular UK & European airports, has announced plans to offer non-stop flights between Norwich International Airport and Aberdeen on Sundays with a more convenient later departure time, Norwich Airport has said.

Starting September 14, 2014, the Sunday service will depart Norwich at 6.15 pm, arriving in Aberdeen at 7.35pm. From Aberdeen, Sunday flights will depart at 8pm, arriving in Norwich at 9.20pm. Lead-in fares start from £99 one way, including taxes and charges.

While the service will particularly benefit oil workers heading offshore early on a Monday morning and other business commuters, it is also expected to attract leisure travellers. The Sunday service is in addition to Eastern Airways’ year-round choice of weekday departures, with up to three flights a day from Norwich to Aberdeen.

Kay Ryan, Eastern Airways’ commercial director, said: ‘We are always looking at opportunities to further improve services and we’re now in a position to provide a non-stop Sunday service, which will reduce journey times for Norwich customers and allows us to offer an improved later departure time to Aberdeen.’

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said: ‘Eastern Airways’ decision to operate a non-stop Aberdeen service from Norwich on a Sunday evening is very welcome, and further improves the connections that Norwich Airport can offer to the energy industry and travelling public in East Anglia.’

Additionally, scheduled passengers of Eastern Airways benefit from a fast track security channel at Aberdeen airport to avoid any queues at security search, enabling the airline to close check-in just 30 minutes before the departure time.

Eastern Airways also offers a newly refurbished business lounge at Aberdeen Airport for all its scheduled passengers. Complimentary drinks and snacks are offered on board the aircraft and there is no charge for check-in, baggage or choice of seat.


Norwich International wins award, donates prize money to EDP flood appeal

Norwich International Airport has won the Thomson Airways 2013, Summer of Dreams national airport award for 2013.

Thomson reportedly said that there had been a tremendous response from all of the airport teams across the UK that took part in the contest, but the staff at Norwich International attained the top spot by achieving and exceeding all of the targets set, which included on-time performance, revenue and customer satisfaction.

As a reward, Norwich staff received a prize of £1,500 from Thomson, which was matched by the airport. The staff were given the option of receiving the money in personal vouchers or making a charity donation, and they overwhelmingly decided to donate the £3,000 prize money to the EDP flood appeal to help communities in Norfolk affected by the December tidal surge.

Andrew Bell, CEO of Norwich International said: ‘The airport is delighted that the dedication and hard work of the staff at the airport last summer resulted in winning this national award from Thomson. The generosity of the airport staff in donating this prize fund to those affected by the recent floods is outstanding, we were all acutely aware of the impact the flooding has had on the local community and welcomed the opportunity to help’

Nikki Edwards, airport service delivery & compliance manager – UK & Ireland for Thomson Airways, said: ‘the standard of performance at Norwich International Airport in 2013 was outstanding. The airport exceeded their targets in all 3 key performance areas of customer service, revenue generation and operational efficiency and I would personally like to pass on my thanks and appreciation for the amazing efforts by all our colleagues at Norwich.

‘This performance has provided a compelling endorsement of the strength of our partnership and could not have been achieved without the enthusiasm and drive by Norwich staff both customer-facing and also behind the scenes. Well done and a massive thank you for all your hard work and continued support.’

Air Malta to launch additional flights from Cardiff, Norwich airports

Air Malta has announced an extra four services from Cardiff Airport, Wales Online has reported.

The additional flights will start on Tuesday April 8, four weeks earlier than originally planned, to satisfy expected public demand over the Spring/Easter period. The direct flights from Cardiff Airport to Malta are scheduled to depart every Tuesday through to October 21.

Jon Horne, Cardiff Airport’s chief executive, said: ‘It’s great that Air Malta is expanding its operation from Cardiff, helping to continue the strong historic links that exist between the island and Wales.

‘Air Malta is one of six national airlines with a presence at Cardiff and, with passenger numbers last month showing a 17 percent year on year increase, this all adds to the growth of the Airport.’

Also, Norwich Airport said that Air Malta will launch additional flights from Norwich International. The Maltese airline will add an extra four departures as a prelude to its summer 2014 charter season.

The additional flights will also commence on Tuesday 8th April 2014, four weeks earlier than originally planned to satisfy public demand to the Mediterranean sunshine island over the Spring/Easter period. The direct flights from Norwich airport to Malta are scheduled to depart weekly through to October 21, 2014.

Andrew Bell, the airport’s chief executive, commented: ‘Malta is an exceptionally popular destination from our region and we are pleased that Air Malta has taken the decision to increase their services and enhance the travel options from Norwich International in the Spring of 2014.’

Air Malta offers a free allowance of 20 kgs for checked-in baggage in the hold, and also 10 kgs as hand-luggage per person on all its flights. Flights are available to book via various tour operators and travel agents, and also from the airline’s portal,

Norwich Airport launches the Norwich International Aviation Academy

Norwich International Airport is planning to launch a major initiative to promote skills training apprenticeships in the aviation industry, Norwich Evening News 24 has reported.

Launched in partnership with KLM UK Engineering, the academy will provide a centre of excellence for education and skills training in aviation, delivered in partnership with the region’s education groups and local authorities. The new state of the art Aviation Academy is part of the airport’s expansion plans and follows its aeropark project.

The academy is supported by a core group of founding partners, including the University of East Anglia, the TEN Group, New Anglia local enterprise partnership, EAGIT training, Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council. It will be based at the airport site, and will be equipped to provide training to 40 apprentices at any given time.

The Academy aims to create a ‘real world’ learning environment that includes a full size aeroplane, and to raise the standards of learning using innovative teaching techniques. It will focus on offering a broad education and skills training in aviation that will attract both local and international students.

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said: ‘One of the Airport’s core strategic objectives is to become a thriving centre of excellence in the aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul business. This objective is core to the airport’s long-term sustainability for the benefit of the region, at a time when many regional airports across Europe are struggling and some are closing their doors for good. To achieve this objective the Airport must be able to offer the complete package to attract new business.’

Paul Chun, managing director of KLM UK Engineering, said: ‘The integral approach with education experts, local government and industry is an ideal start for success. I am very excited about the Norwich International Aviation Academy, it will position Norwich firmly on the aviation industry map. To interest future generations for jobs in aviation is crucial for a sustainable growth for our industry’.

Norwich North MP, Chloe Smith, said: ‘This is a good move and very important for Norwich. As founder of Norwich For Jobs, which is backed by KLM UK Engineering and 50 other firms so far, I strongly support the proposals for an aeropark, which could create thousands of jobs in the local economy. To do that, we need more skilled engineers and the aviation academy will show we can do this in Norwich. I applaud the partners for working together to achieve this. I’d urge people interested in a great career to sign up.’