Flybe franchise carrier Loganair is targeting the offshore market with a new return weekday return service from Norwich to ticket Den Helder (De-Kooy) Airport in the Netherlands.

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The flights to Den Helder, which serves as the Netherlands offshore support hub, will operate on weekdays from March 4 2013. Passengers will be able to leave Norwich at 10.20am arriving in Den Helder at 12.10pm, local time. A return service will depart Den Helder at 2.30pm, arriving into Norwich at 2.20 pm with one way fares starting at £79.99.

The route will act as a transport linkage for personnel employed in the offshore oil and gas, maritime and horticultural sectors which are located in both the East of England and the Netherlands.

The new route is an extension of the popular Manchester to Norwich service, which is flown 3 times every weekday, and once on a Sunday.

Loganair’s chief operating officer Phil Preston said: “We’re extremely happy to be once again extending our international network, launching a route which will be hugely attractive to those working in the oil and gas industries.

“The new link with Den Helder will be an extremely useful service for passengers spread across the UK. With tickets now on sale and the first flight taking off on March 4, the new route will no doubt be warmly welcomed by the many companies working out of the Dutch coastal city, while further bolstering Loganair’s offering from Norwich.”

The new route, which will be operated by Loganair’s wholly owned subsidiary, Suckling Airways, using their Norwich based 31-seat Dornier 328 fast turboprop aircraft. It will also directly sustain 15 jobs in Norwich, employing locally based pilots, cabin crew and engineers.

Oil & Gas UK chief executive, Malcolm Webb also voiced his support for the new route saying:

“With such specific and highly valued common industries among other business and trade links, along with those looking to visit friends and family or enjoy breaks in the region’s national parks, this new air service will help the continued development of both national and international businesses that require access to the regions, and adds to the already established three-daily service to Manchester on weekdays, which will be celebrating the first anniversary of Loganair operating from Norwich on this Den Helder route launch date,” he said.

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