Airline KLM is hoping for a boost in passenger numbers after the launch of an extra return flight from Norwich to Schiphol.

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Yesterday marked the start of the new 1.55pm service which will provide easier connections to destinations including Rio de Janiero, San Francisco and Dubai.

The airline declined to provide booking figures for the new service, but said that every year there were 130,000 passengers departing and arriving in Norwich from Amsterdam and the new service was a response to an increased demand for the service.

With average load factors – the proportion of passengers using the service – running at 73.3pc, one of the highest across KLM’s UK network, the new service is a reflection of the importance airline bosses attach to the route.

Vincent Kas, head of commercial, Air France KLM UK & Ireland, said: “KLM has a strong presence in Norwich, not only offering local travellers a convenient link to Amsterdam and beyond, but also through is Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, which has been successfully running for over 25 years.

“This additional frequency is a direct response to customer demand, and we’re delighted to see that so many people from East Anglia choose to fly with KLM.”

5 comments

  • Convenient for a Dutch footballer joining Norwich City!

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    Capri

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

  • Yet again an Amsterdam flight. When is Norwich Airport going to add flights to Portugal - we live 15 mins away and have to fly from Stansted! its ridiculous. SueB

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    sueb

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Totally agree with Sue and Lionel. Norwich Airport seems fixated with flights to Amsterdam. Thousands of us want to fly to key European destinations regularly but have to do the long trek to Stansted. Five years ago Norwich Airport lost its scheduled flights to places like Alicante and Malaga and in doing so its passenger numbers halved from 800,000 to 400,000 pa. They still haven't recovered. And that is simply down to the airport's inability to find and re-instate such flights - and to places that figures prove are overwhelmingly popular. Vueling and a number of other airlines are adding new routes. Cardiff has just found a replacement for its services to Malaga. And you can fly there from numerous other, small, UK airports. But from Norwich: nada! Not only would scheduled services to Spain, Portugal, etc bring back the user numbers to Norwich Airport. It would boost local trade no end. Think of the thousands of pounds a year spent on flights, car hire, hotels etc at Stansted. All that could be going into the coffers of local business. I have given up on Norwich Airport. And please don't anyone tell me I can fly to Schiphol and onwards because, for one thing, the cost is astronomic and last time I enquired about a flight to Malaga via Holland it meant changing aircraft twice requiring a whole day on planes and at airports!!!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Great yet another Dutch service... Correct me if I am wrong ... Are there not other destinations that people want or require to go to... Norwich airport obviously are not interested over the past 10 years to introduce newer destinations... They it seems do not want the business and still have excessive airport charges... Maybe one day many others will use the airport when they become customer and family friendly ... Meanwhile other airports provide a better service... At Norwich airports expense... Sad really..

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    Lionel

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

  • Glad that this has been given the red light.

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    One Horse Town

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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