Loganair announces two new routes from Norwich Airport
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Airline Loganair has unveiled two new flight routes from Norwich Airport as part of its summer 2018 schedule.
A link to Inverness will operate on Mondays and Fridays between June 29 and September 3, providing a non-stop link to the capital of the Highlands.
It will also operate a weekend service to cater for the Isle of Man TT motorcycle events, putting on flights on Fridays and Sundays for three weekends between May 25 and June 10.
Loganair is also adding a Saturday flight to Jersey to its seasonal schedule between May 4 and October 7.
The airline said it had seen growth in all its main routes from Norwich in the past year, with the Norwich-Jersey route growing 58% from 3,920 passengers between May and October last year, to 6,196 for the same period this year – though the figures also include the Saturday flight operated by Flybe.
The Norwich-Edinburgh route grew 18% to 16,697 and Norwich-Manchester grew 3% to 13,540 passengers in the same period.
It is now considering making the 75-minute Jersey link a year-round service.
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Both new routes will be operated by the Dornier 328 aircraft based at Norwich, where Loganair has its only operating facility outside its Scottish heartlands.
It employs a team of 30, including pilots, cabin crew and engineers, to support the two Norwich-based aircraft primarily to provide regular services to Manchester and Edinburgh.
Loganair's managing director Jonathan Hinkles said: 'We're delighted to be introducing further, new services to our base at Norwich, where we have a tremendous and dedicated team of local pilots, cabin crew and engineers. We expect that our new Inverness service will prove popular both for those visiting the Highlands and to encourage new incoming tourism to East Anglia during the Scottish summer holidays.
'We've also carefully analysed demand for Isle of Man and Jersey services and we've decided to add a new Saturday service to Jersey to complement our existing Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday flights; and to add the new Isle of Man flights to meet demand over the busiest weekends of the year as the world-famous TT races take place.'
The flights from Norwich to Inverness take 90 minutes and are in addition to existing links throughout the year via Manchester, which run up to three times every weekday.