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.

Loganair to restart services to Durham Tees Valley and Aberdeen from Norwich Airport

Scottish airline Loganair has said that it has restarted flight services between Norwich and Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) for the first time in two decades.

Starting October 15, the regional airline is providing a six-day, direct service from East Anglia to England’s North East. Passengers from Norwich will also be able to travel onward from DTVA to Aberdeen. The same-plane service will operate on six days per week from Sunday to Friday. The new routes mark the beginning of Loganair’s presence in Durham Tees Valley, and add Aberdeen to Loganair’s network of services from Norwich.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s commercial director said: ‘It’s fantastic to commence services on these two routes, acting as an important gateway for the region’s energy sector.

‘Our team has been working hard to build relationships with corporate and agency partners, which are essential to the long-term sustainability of the operation.

‘For anyone looking to venture further north, the daily link to Norwich is by far the fastest way to travel between Aberdeen and the South East of England. Land transportation takes up to five and a half hours or a number of different rail connections so we’d strongly encourage anyone in the business community with links to either destination to opt for aviation next time they are making the trip.’

Customers looking to travel further north can also connect to Loganair’s network across Scotland’s Highland’s and Islands from Aberdeen, or through it’s code-share agreement with the airline’s sister company bmi Regional, which provides routes to the Danish seaport of Esbjerg and Norway’s capital Oslo.

The new services will be operated using a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Flights from Norwich will depart at 16:00 from Sunday to Friday, arriving in DTVA at 17:00 and then in Aberdeen at 18:20 hours. Flights will leave Aberdeen at 13:00 from Sunday to Friday and will leave DTVA at 14:20 for the one-hour flight south to Norwich. Lead-in fares from Norwich to DTVA commence at £49.99 and £89.99 between Norwich and Aberdeen, Norwich Airport said.

All Loganair fares include a complimentary 20kg checked baggage allowance and in-flight refreshments.

Thomas Cook announces weekly flights from Norwich

Thomas Cook, one of the UK’s leading holiday companies, has said it will restart its services from Norwich Airport starting summer 2018, with the launch of the city’s only direct flight to Turkey.

The new service comes following an increase in demand for holiday breaks to Turkey. It was the third most popular destination for British holidaymakers, after Spain and Greece, and package holiday bookings were up 10 percent compared to last year, Norwich Airport said in a release.

Starting May 23, 2018, Thomas Cook will operate a weekly flight on Wednesdays from Norwich to Dalaman, giving holidaymakers in the Norfolk area more choice for summer break next year. Dalaman is a cultural hotspot located on the Turquoise Coast, with attractive beaches and hidden coves, and near to traveller attractions such as Butterfly Valley and the crenulated walls of 16th-century Marmaris Castle.

Christoph Debus, Chief Airlines Officer at Thomas Cook Airlines, said: ‘We are delighted to once again be offering holidaymakers in the Norwich area the ease of flying from their local airport. Whether you’re travelling as a family, couple or with friends, Turkey offers something for everyone and we look forward to making sure our customers have a holiday to remember next summer with the launch of our new weekly flight to Dalaman.’

Richard Pace, managing director of Norwich Airport, said: ‘It’s great to have Thomas Cook back at Norwich with such a brilliant offer for package holidays and flights to Turkey. I’m sure this will be a popular destination for summer 2018 and gives local people even more choice for a sunshine getaway.’

Thomas Cook is offering package holidays from Norwich to Dalaman for seven nights with prices from £407 per person, staying on a bed and breakfast basis at the SunConnect Liberty Hisaronu, departing from Norwich on May 23, 2018. Flight only services are available with prices starting from £49.99 per person based on a one way journey and excluding luggage and other optional extras. The service will be operated from May 23, 2018 until October 3, 2018.

Flight-only and package holiday options are available to book now at https://www.thomascook.com/, the airport said.

Loganair to launch Durham Tees Valley service from Norwich, onward to Aberdeen

Scottish regional airline Loganair has announced plans to launch new services from Norwich Airport to Durham Tees Valley Airport for the first time in two decades.

In addition, passengers from Norwich will also be able to make the onward connection from DTVA to Aberdeen. The two routes will commence on October 15.

Loganair will introduce non-stop flights between East Anglia and the North East of England on six-days per week, while also providing up to three weekday direct services between the Granite City and DTVA with one flight on Sunday. With the new service residents of Norfolk will be able to travel from Norwich to Aberdeen on a one-stop-same-plane service via DTVA in around two hours and 20 minutes, five days per week.

Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s Managing Director said: ‘Reinstating an air service between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Norwich after a gap of 20 years is another important milestone in Loganair’s 55-year history and we’re delighted to mark the occasion.’

‘The increased connectivity by Loganair will bring tremendous benefits for those involved in the offshore energy industries in East Anglia, Tees Valley and Aberdeen regions, which are home to many different companies and individuals working in both the traditional oil and gas market as well as the burgeoning renewable energy industry.’

‘Our competitive fares and business-friendly schedule is a much more attractive offering than the current five-and-a-half-hour drive between Norwich and Durham – something businesses will be keen to hear about.’

Richard Pace, Chief Executive of Norwich Airport, said: ‘Loganair’s new service to Durham Tees Valley Airport puts the North East within easy reach and we’re delighted that the service will start in October. It’s further evidence of Norwich Airport’s growing connectivity, offering even more choice for people to travel from their local airport.’

The new services will be operated by a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Flights from Norwich will depart at 16:00 hours from Sunday to Friday, arriving in DTVA at 17:00. Flights will depart from DTVA to Aberdeen at 17:10 hours Sunday to Friday and 20:20 hours, Thursday and Friday for the one-hour sector to Scotland’s NE. Return flights from Aberdeen will leave at 13:00 hours on Sunday to Friday arriving in DTVA one hour later, for the southbound connection to Norwich. Lead-in fares from Norwich to DTVA commence at £49.99 and £89.99 between Norwich and Aberdeen, Norwich said in a release.

In addition, both of the new DTVA routes will benefit from a codeshare with Loganair’s sister company bmi Regional. Passengers travelling north via Aberdeen can access onward links to Orkney, Shetland, the Danish seaport of Esbjerg and Norway’s capital, Oslo.

Norwich Airport announces winter programme with new Flybe schedule

Norwich Airport has added new holiday routes for Winter 2016 with new flights to Malaga and Alicante, plus a new ski flight to Chambery in the French Alps, all of which will be operated by Flybe, the UK-based low-fares airline.

Effective for travel from October 31, Flybe’s new winter schedule at Norwich will see the addition of two scheduled flights a week to both Alicante and Malaga, with a new Saturday service to Chambery commencing mid-December. The new routes are in addition to its recently launched Exeter service through the winter months.

The Chambery link will be the first winter ski flight from Norwich since 2010, adding to the list of holiday destinations. Norwich has also re-launched scheduled sunshine flights to Spain at Easter, following a nine-year absence.

Richard Pace, General Manager at Norwich Airport, said: ‘The partnership between RCA and Flybe means the new sunshine routes will operate year-round and we are delighted to be adding the popular ski resort of Chambery to our winter schedule.

‘With the addition of regular flights to Exeter, Norwich Airport is offering one of its best winter schedules for years.’

Flybe’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder added: ‘Together with our partners at Norwich, Flybe will continue to look at ways to provide an increasing selection of attractive routes for our regional customers.

The diversity of our new winter schedule reinforces this commitment; and we look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board as they head off for winter sun and ski breaks, as well as those who are already enjoying the fast, easy convenience of our recently introduced services to Exeter. As the lowest possible fares sell out quickly, we would advise customers to book as early as possible to avoid disappointment, especially when looking to travel over peak holiday periods.’

The new flights are operated by one of Flybe’s E195 118-seater jet aircraft. Tickets are on sale now at www.flybe.com with one way fares from GBP17.49 including taxes and charges.

Norwich Airport offers direct scheduled flights to Amsterdam (with onward connections to over 600 destinations worldwide), Aberdeen, Alicante, Edinburgh, Exeter, Guernsey, Jersey, Malaga and Manchester. Connections through Manchester enable passengers to reach Belfast, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Inverness, among several other destinations. Holiday flights are also offered to the Balearic and Canary Islands, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy.

Flybe to operate new Exeter-Norwich ‘one hour’ service

Flybe, the UK-based regional airline, has announced a new ‘one hour’ service between the Exeter and Norwich airports – the first route to be operated under the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

The new route is part of the airline’s 2016 Summer schedule, with a choice of six flights a week, operating daily excluding on Saturdays. The new route will be effective for travel from March 24 to October 28, 2016. Seats are on sale now at www.flybe.com with one way fares from £17.49 including taxes and charges, it said.

Commenting on the new service, UK Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: ‘It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new direct air service between Norwich and Exeter, offering significant journey time savings for passengers when it begins operations in time for Easter. Our smaller airports are vital engines for local economies, connecting the UK and opening up opportunities. That is why the Government is backing new regional air routes to drive investment and boost growth across the country.’

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer added: ‘We are delighted to be the first airline to announce details of one of the many routes to be funded under the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. Our new service between Exeter and Norwich is a great example of how Flybe connects the UK regions, supporting local communities and businesses.

‘Our new direct cross-country route will take just 70 minutes, saving customers precious time by offering them the favourable option of not having to endure between five and seven long hours in a car or train.’

With the new service, Flybe’s 2016 Summer schedule from Exeter now includes a total of 18 routes offering a choice of up to 122 flights a week; and from Norwich, four routes offering up to 12 flights a week.

Separately, Flybe said that its day- return flights to Rotterdam from Manchester have been well received by both business and leisure passengers, benefitting from the low introductory fares.

Offering up to two flights a day during the week, the new Manchester-Rotterdam route will start operation on February 8, 2016. A limited number of one way fares are available at £19.99 for travel during the first week of operation, the airline said.

bmi regional introduces ‘Flight Pass’ on Norwich-Aberdeen route, increases capacity

UK-based regional airline bmi regional has announced a multiple purchase discount scheme on its Norwich – Aberdeen route along with an expansion of services.

bmi regional is introducing ‘Flight Pass’ – a multiple purchase discount scheme on the Norwich – Aberdeen route offering regular travellers’ savings of between 10 per cent and 40 per cent on the base fare. In addition, starting January 11 2016, the airline will increase capacity on the route, moving from two to three daily return flights.

A valuable offering on the route, Flight Pass is expected to attract a high number of regular travellers. It will enable passengers to achieve savings in excess of £1,000 by booking up to six return trips in advance. Based on a sliding scale of discounts two return trips will attract a 10 per cent discount while six return trips will attract the maximum 40 per cent reduction.

Flight Pass customers will continue to enjoy bmi regional’s services including fast track security at Aberdeen Airport, online check-in, lounge access with a full bar service, 20kg baggage allowance and complimentary drinks and snacks on-board, Norwich Airport said in a release.

Jochen Schnadt, chief commercial officer at bmi regional, said: ‘Flight Pass offers our passengers excellent value for money on this popular route, while the additional daily flights provide added convenience to our passengers.’

Separately, bmi regional announced that it will add capacity on its Paris to Bristol route for dates throughout February and March to meet the increased demand for travel between the UK and France by rugby fans.

Commenting on the plan, Schnadt said: ‘In our effort to constantly improve our customer offering and become more responsive to our customers’ demands, we are happy to announce these additional services between Bristol and Paris so that the many passionate rugby fans and customers looking for some Valentine’s Day magic can conveniently travel between both cities at optimal times with the usual comfort bmi regional offers its customers.’

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.