Norwich airport soars into top ten for traffic growth

Norwich International Airport. Chief Executive Andrew Bell. Photo: Steve Adams Norwich International Airport. Chief Executive Andrew Bell. Photo: Steve Adams

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
11:19 AM

Norwich International Airport has been named seventh in the UK for annual passenger growth, according to a recent survey.

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It saw a 17pc increase in traffic from 396,676 in 2012 compared to 463,401 last year, placing it in the top 10 of the CAA UK official UK airport annual traffic results.

And it also came second out of 30 UK airports for the size of its year on year percentage increase in passenger traffic.

Andrew Bell, airport chief executive, said “Posting strong passenger growth is good news for the airport and the region, as ultimately the flights that are operated from the airport must be used by the travelling public if they are to remain on offer.

“We recognise that we still have a great deal to do in order to satisfy the demands of the region’s business and leisure travellers alike and we are working hard to bring back routes that proved popular in the past, and to identify new route opportunities.

“However, the CAA result is testament to the hard work undertaken over the past few years and confirmation that the airport is moving in the right direction.”

12 comments

  • The growth of the airport has to be good news for Norwich but I too have a problem with the unpleasant and aggressive approach of the mainly female security staff at the airport. Security is vital for us all but it can be carried out with a degree of common sense and politeness which is very lacking at Norwich. After suffering this on three occasions in a short space of time I stopped using the airport. I have spoken to others who share this view.

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    Bp

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • So, how long after you moved in was the airport built edifir (yes, I know it was an RAF base before civilian use). Considering the airport was there before your house, I think it would be a good idea to bulldoze your place out of the way to expand. Only fair, after all.

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    lockers

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Any positive story about our airport is guaranteed to be ignored and instead the usual trolls will trot out the usual boring and predictable whinge about the development fee. Most airports suffered a major drop in passenger numbers between 2008 and 2012, and I remain convinced that more routes will return this year and next. I have 2 flights out of Norwich planned this year and although it is a few quid cheaper to fly out of Stansted, it is outweighed by not having to park, long walks to the terminal building (which is more of a problem for us oldies these days), the time to get to Stansted, the need to build in a big contingency and best of all, I am not flying cattle class.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Airport developement fee increased passengers increase of noise early in the morning especially aircraft and Helicoptors running for 20 minutes or more. Big profits for shareholders no peace for local residents and no decent European flights direct. And don't give the old story the airport has been here years yes it has but it was never so noisy and polluted in the war days

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    edifir

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • We love the convenience of flying from Norwich but hate the 'development' fee. It already costs more to fly from Norwich than Stansted or Luton so this added extra rather spoils the experience

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    caroline jacobs

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Good news , but the £10 so called development fee is not , especially if travelling with family ,so I refuse to buy in any departure outlets in protest. Why should passengers pay for "Airport Development " anyway ?

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    C. Reynolds

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Great news for Norwich Airport, I am glad things are on the up. Forgive me for a negative comment but the last time I flew from Norwich on a Saturday afternoon in February it was amateur hour at the KLM check in. It seemed they had been briefed to hit as many passengers as possible for heavy baggage charges. The only problem was they didn't know how to operate the machine to process payments, so there was one check in person moving from desk to desk to show the other 2. I had checked in online, printed my boarding pass and are lucky enough to use the fastrack gate. Even so it still took 15 minutes to check my bag in. It meant I missed most of the Ireland Wales rugby match. Compare that to the return flight from Singapore, bag checked in, gate confirmed in less than 90 seconds! Something to aim for Norwich!

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    Lord 'Elp-Us

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Yes, fine. But the footfall is still only about half what it was when the airport was offering scheduled European flights. Until they return - or unless they do - Norwich will remain just a regional airport serving the UK.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • We have always flown from Norwich to the USA via Amsterdam. Offfset the price of travel to London, Parking and Hotel Price plus the transit time the 10 pound fund seems a little price to pay. Driving back from London after a Red Eye flight, no thanks

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    Ian F

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Can anyone tell me exactly what the Development Fee goes to? That airport hasn't been developed in any way, shape or form for years. Who's pocket is this extra cash really going in to?

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I wonder if Norwich airport security staff still treat passengers like they are the gestapo. Coupled with the ADF robbery every time a passenger goes through Norwich airport - I have not used Norwich airport over recent years. I made 62 flights last year and am pleased to say none were through Norwich - I used airports where I am treated like a customer not a prisoner.

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    CC

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Regardless of the airport tax, I would use Norwich Airport if I could get a flight into Europe direct. Please don't tell me I can go via Amsterdam. It costs a fortune and with changes, connecting flights etc it takes a day to get as far as Malaga or Alicante. Norwich "International"? Don't make me laugh!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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