Holidaymakers boost Norwich airport traffic

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
10:25 AM

Holidaymakers have put Norwich International Airport on course for lift-off this year after it achieved a record surge in passenger traffic.

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Andrew Bell, chief executive at Norwich International Airport.  Photo: Bill SmithAndrew Bell, chief executive at Norwich International Airport. Photo: Bill Smith

Increased popularity of its summer flights – including more travellers using its KLM service to Amsterdam – have helped it achieve an 11pc year-on-year rise in passenger numbers.

The announcement comes as an added boost of confidence for the region’s transport hub after airlines Thomson Airways and Loganair confirmed they would be basing new aircraft at the site this year – a move which could create up to 20 new jobs.

But it was the region’s burgeoning energy industry that helped it reach its biggest rise in passenger traffic, with the number of workers flying to the Southern North Sea increasing by 20pc.

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, said the continued rise followed a exceptional summer season last year when it saw a 50pc surge in holidaymakers coming through the airport.

“The overall popularity of the Amsterdam route and the fact that KLM are now flying four flights from Norwich provides more options, which, in turn, encourages more people to use the service,” Mr Bell said.

“As far as the strategy going forward for this year, it is not that complicated. We want to identify what people want within our catchment area – especially holidaymakers and business travellers. We have already made some good traction and now we are looking towards the winter of 2014 and the summer of 2015 to see what we can achieve next.”

This week, the airport revealed a boost for holidaymakers when it confirmed that Air Malta would be adding four extra flights starting from Tuesday April 8 to meet a fresh demand for holidays to the area during the Spring and Easter period.

The additional flights help to bolster the airport’s summer portfolio, which follows Thomson/ First Choice’s announcement in November that it would be offering flights to Corfu, Dalaman in Turkey, Ibiza, Tunisia, Palma in Majorca and Tenerife for the Summer – including earlier flight times from Norwich because it would be basing a plane at the site.

Meanwhile, Loganair – which will base two planes at the airport from the end of March – will run flights from Manchester three times a day, while Guernsey routes will operate between May and September, with flights set to depart on Sunday afternoons.

9 comments

  • Spot Malaga flier. We haven't had flights to mainland Spain for god knows how many years. Even Humberside and Southend have direct flights too there.

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    Tone the moan

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • More people would use the airport if flights were available, in this day and age we should be at least travel to Europe.

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    gerry mitson

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • A car park and industrial estate with a few bucket and spade flight in the summer. The scandal is the extortionate cost of a flight to Schipol Amsterdam which is less than an hour away but costs a fortune. Why? Oil business and KLM monopoly.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • In two minds about Norwich airport, on the one hand, i hate it as i work offshore in aberdeen and i get ripped off for almost £400 a month in fares and departure tax. On the other hand, for long haul holidays via Schipol, it is great. KLM compete favourably with BA to the states and it is quicker to go via Schipol, than to fight way to Heathrow. Departures tax still makes me gnash my teeth every time. Regular users should be able to get a discount. Car parking is also horrendously expensive compared to other NCP sites.

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    DaveG

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I don't know how it can be called international when you can't even get a flight to Ireland. What about mainland Spain, France etc. no flights there either. Nor Germany come to that.

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    samphirelover

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I agree with both postings, we are off to Tenerife soon, again! only because there is nowhere else to go from Norwich.!!! We keep hoping that they will offer more winter destinations next year, but I won't be holding my breath.

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    peter99

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • so does that mean its breaking even or making a profit ? if so it should scrap the development fee , it might then see more people use it

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    batesy

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Totally agree with you, Samphire: still no scheduled flights into any of the key European centres. The likes of Bournemouth, Exeter and Doncaster have regular flights to mainland Spain, which this year had an enormous increase in tourist and holidaymaker numbers. Over the past five years I have spent many thousands of £s flying from Spain to Stansted, taking into account flights, car hire, hotels etc. In the past I was doing that into Norwich, but now not one penny of that money is going into the local economy.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Should have turned coltishall into the airport as it was capable of taking larger aircraft and would have enabled long haul flights plus theres plenty of room for further expansion unlike norwich which is pretty land locked in all directions now.

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    MrB

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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