December 10 2013 Latest news:
Shaun Lowthorpe, Business editor
Monday, September 23, 2013
Norwich International Airport has just recorded its busiest week of the year so far with passenger numbers in the week ending 15th September being more than 17pc higher than the same period last year and with growth across all sectors.
The airport said a major contributing factor to the boost in passenger numbers has been the increased demand for KLM’s services to Amsterdam Schiphol following the addition of a fourth daily rotation which provides improved connectivity and an even wider range of connecting destinations. Passenger numbers for the period are up 20pc year on year.
The summer 2013 season has also seen a huge rise in holidaymakers, growing more than 58pc year on year.
This has been driven by Thomson First Choice who have more than doubled the number of holidays on offer from the Airport this year, adding new destinations and more frequencies to the most popular destinations. Other tour operators including Thomas Cook have also increased their volumes this year.
Helicopter passenger numbers also continue to outperform last year’s record level, underlining the vital role that the Airport plays in connecting the southern North Sea gas fields. If the level of performance is maintained the Airport expects to deliver yet another year of record offshore passenger growth. Recent investment in new lounge facilities in the terminal building ensures many of these passengers continue to benefit from a high quality experience when using the Airport.
Operators Bristow, Bond, Dancopter and NHV are all based at the Airport and together operate some 25 flights on a daily basis to the platforms offshore.
Andrew Bell, airport chief executive said: “We are satisfied with the level of growth we have achieved so far this year, and we have worked very hard to ensure that passengers’ experience when travelling through the airport has also improved. We continue our efforts to attract new carriers onto new routes to ensure the Airport offers the best possible network choice to the people of the region, whilst maintaining excellent levels of service.”
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.