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Loganair will revive north-east flight from Norwich Airport in move to appeal to energy industry

PUBLISHED: 13:44 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 19:02 07 August 2017

From left, Chris Harcombe of Peel Airports, Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan, managing director Jonathan Hinkes, Durham Tees Valley Airport chief executive Steve Gill, James Ramsbottom, chief executive of North East Chamber of Commerce and Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Darlington Council. Picture: Ken Ryalls.

From left, Chris Harcombe of Peel Airports, Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan, managing director Jonathan Hinkes, Durham Tees Valley Airport chief executive Steve Gill, James Ramsbottom, chief executive of North East Chamber of Commerce and Chris McEwan, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Darlington Council. Picture: Ken Ryalls.

Ken Ryalls

An air link between Norwich Airport and the north-east of England will take off once more this autumn, restoring a route that was last flown 20 years ago.

The six-days-a-week flight to Durham Tees Valley Airport will be run by Scottish airline Loganair, which will also offer and onward same-plane connection to Aberdeen.

When it is reinstated on October 15, the route is likely to appeal to businesses working in the traditional and renewable energy industries in the three regions, which serve the North Sea and Southern North Sea off the east coast.

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Jonathan Hinkles, Loganair’s managing director said the new flight was an “important milestone” in the airline’s 55-year history.

“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,” he said.

“As such we are keen to talk to as many of those businesses as possible, with corporate and agency partnerships of great importance to us.”

From September Loganair will operate flights in its own right, after 24 years of operating under franchise agreements with other carriers. The airline already offers flights to Edinburgh, Manchester and Jersey from Norwich, where it employs 25 staff including pilots, cabin crew and engineers.

The new route will be served by a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft, which will leave Norwich for the one-hour flight at 4pm, Sunday to Friday. Onward flights to Aberdeen leave at 5.10pm Sunday to Friday, and 8.20pm Thursday and Friday. The two-leg Norwich to Aberdeen journey will take around two hours and 20 minutes.

Return flights from Durham to Norwich leave at 2.20pm, Sunday to Friday.

Norwich Airport chief executive Richard Pace 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.”

Loganair has a codeshare agreement with BMI Regional, meaning that customers use its network on onward routes but buy one ticket to cover all legs of the journey.

Norwich Airport recently revealed its 30-year masterplan, laying out ambitions to nearly treble passenger numbers and forge links with international hub airports to offer onward flights around the world.

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