March 3 2015 Latest news:
Shaun Lowthorpe, Business editor
Monday, March 31, 2014
Business travellers are being offered extra flights between Norwich and Edinburgh in a bid to boost links between the two cities.
Norwich City’s defender Steven Whittaker joined Dave Harper, a Norwich born bag-piper, to mark the first day of an improved, business schedule, which was introduced by Loganair after taking the service over from partner Flybe.
Loganair has increased the frequency of its services between Norwich and Scotland’s capital, basing a second Dornier 328 aircraft at Norwich International Airport and taking on six locally based staff.
A Sunday service will also be added, with Sunday frequency increasing to two flights during the peak summer season.
Fares start at £69.99 one way including a free 20kg bag.
Phil Preston, chief operating officer at Loganair, added: “Our Norwich to Edinburgh service has been specifically tailored to suit the needs of business passengers travelling between the two cities.
“The extra Dornier aircraft has allowed us much greater flexibility when planning our services, which should be a benefit to the entire region of Norfolk. We’re also extremely happy to be able to take on six local staff to help with operations in the area.”
This is the third service which Loganair operates from Norwich Airport, complementing operations to Manchester as well as a seasonal link with Guernsey.
Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International, said: “Restoring the frequency of services between Norwich and Edinburgh has been a key target for the airport over the past 18 months and I am pleased we have now achieved this.”
The principal of one of Norfolk’s largest colleges is urging all employers to open their doors to young people in an ambitious vision for improving work experience across the region.