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Thomson and First Choice unveils three new routes from Norwich International Airport

PUBLISHED: 09:01 17 July 2012 | UPDATED: 19:46 17 July 2012

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport

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Thomson and First Choice today announced that they are to double their capacity at Norwich International Airport for Summer 2013 through the introduction of three brand new routes to Dalaman in Turkey, Enfidha in Tunisia and Tenerife - as well as the addition of another weekly flight for existing route Palma.

The move to introduce these routes is part of the UK’s largest tour operator’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport while customers from East Anglia will also have the opportunity to chose varying travel durations in addition to the standard seven and 14 night stays.

The changes also mean that Thomson and First Choice customers will now be able to fly to Palma and sail on the Thomson Dream cruise ship visiting a number of ports across the Mediterranean.

An increase in capacity on the existing Norwich to Corfu route will also see a further 50 seats a week available to local customers.

The travel operator said that Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire customers will now have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most highly scoring flagship hotels including; the five star Sensatori Tenerife, and the Holiday Village Tunisia.

Paul Cooper, Airport Negotiations Manager for Thomson and First Choice, said: “Doubling capacity demonstrates our continued commitment to the region and Norwich International Airport, which has always been a popular departure point for our customers. The increase in capacity comes as a direct result of customer feedback - our customers want to fly from their local airport.

“Modernising our operations across the UK is a key part of our overall strategy and this move is definitely a step in the right direction towards creating an enhanced holiday experience for our customers.”

Andrew Bell, the airport’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that Thomson and First Choice have announced these fantastic new destinations and increased the frequency on two of our most popular holiday flights. This decision demonstrates their commitment to the airport and reflects the high level of demand from customers wishing to fly from Norwich.

“An easy, hassle free start to a holiday cannot be under estimated. With short journey times to the airport compared to London airports, on-site secure car parking next to the terminal, a friendly welcome when you arrive, efficient check-in and security procedures and no endless corridors to navigate with your bags, Norwich International Airport puts some of the pleasure back into flying.”

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