August 27 2014 Latest news:
Ben Woods, Business writer
Thursday, January 16, 2014
More than 460,000 people from across the region used the Norwich International Airport last year as it recorded 7.6pc rise in passenger traffic.
The biggest jump was in the holidaymaker category, which increased 45pc on 2012, with 107,000 people taking holiday flights from Norwich.
In addition, helicopter traffic enjoyed yet another year of record growth with over 98,000 passengers travelling offshore, an increase of 18pc on the previous year.
Last week, the airport announced an 11pc year-on-year rise in passengers, including an exceptional summer season last year with 50pc more holidaymakers coming through the airport.
But passenger numbers using services to both Jersey and Edinburgh fell due to the reduction in the number of flights to both locations.
Andrew Bell, the airport’s chief executive, said: “Posting strong passenger growth is good news for Norwich Airport and good news for 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.
“The addition of frequencies on the Edinburgh and Amsterdam services is testament to this. However, at the Airport 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.
“We are working hard to bring back routes that proved popular in the past, and to identify new route opportunities that are being highlighted in our ongoing corporate demand survey. Whilst we do this, our focus remains fixed on ensuring that passengers’ experience when they fly from or arrive into Norwich International Airport is first class.”
A Norwich-based business which started as a “man with a van” operation is eyeing further expansion after seeing its predicted turnover increase from £6,000 to £340,000 within five years.