December 6 2013 Latest news:
Ben Woods, Business writer
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Flybe franchise carrier Loganair has unveiled next year’s summer flights from Norwich with routes to Guernsey and Manchester.
The firm is hoping to boost business passenger traffic from Norwich International Airport by promoting the benefits of connecting to Flybe’s Manchester hub, which flies to Belfast City, Glasgow, the Isle of Man, Southampton and Exeter.
Flights from Manchester will run three times a day, while Guernsey routes will operate between May and September – with flights departing on Sunday afternoons.
The announcement comes after Loganair cancelled flights to Den Helder, Holland, from Norwich airport just weeks after launching the service this year due to a poor customer uptake.
Hamsin Hadziabdic, Norwich airport’s business development manager, said: “Loganair’s Manchester services provided valuable UK connectivity to the region’s business community, and enables those wishing to visit friends and relatives to do so more easily.
“The ability to connect into the Emirates and Virgin network is also a huge benefit.
“Guernsey remains a popular destination from Norwich, and we are pleased to see it on sale for next summer, alongside Flybe’s routes to Jersey and Newquay.”
Phil Preston, Loganair’s chief operating officer added: “We are very happy to be launching our summer 2014 schedule from Norwich, and are especially pleased that passengers are benefitting from the hub concept at Manchester making easy connections onto the Flybe network, as well as with our other interline partners, including Virgin and Emirates.”
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