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Here comes the sun! Start of sunshine flights from Norwich

Just Regional
Mar 29, 2016 3 mins read

Scheduled sunshine flights from Norwich Airport have returned for the first time in almost a decade and just in time for the Easter holidays.

The new flights to Malaga and Alicante in Spain will operate year-round thanks to a partnership between airport owners Regional & City Airports (RCA) and Flybe.

The partnership will see one of Flybe’s E195 118-seater jet aircraft service both routes, with the first flight to Malaga taking off today, and the first departure to Alicante tomorrow.

It also marks the start of a new scheduled service from Norwich to Exeter Airport in Devon, with a flight time of about an hour compared to around five hours by train or car. This route is the first in the UK to launch with support from the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund which encourages new routes to and from UK regional airports.

Commenting on the launch, Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: “It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new direct air service between Norwich and Exeter, offering significant journey time savings for passengers. Our smaller airports are vital engines for local economies, connecting the UK and opening up opportunities. That is why the Government is backing new regional air routes to drive investment and boost growth across the country.”

Richard Pace, General Manager at Norwich Airport, said: “This is a great day for Norwich Airport with the start of our scheduled sunshine flights to Spain for the first time in nine years, and a new daily service to Exeter in Devon, one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK and gateway to the South West.”

Andrew Bell, Chief Operating Officer for RCA, the airport management division of Rigby Group PLC which owns Norwich Airport, said: “Our partnership with Flybe to revive these scheduled sunshine routes has been hugely welcomed by our customers. Coupled with the launch of the new Exeter flight, which we expect to be popular with business and leisure travellers, it demonstrates our commitment to enhance connectivity from Norwich Airport at home and abroad.”

“We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board,” said Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We are committed to offering customers ‘the fastest way from A to Flybe’. Our Exeter flights are faster than road or rail and will cut the ground journey by some four hours. Customers have warmly welcomed our new sun routes as well.  We just love the fact that we are improving travel options for another UK regional community.”

RCA acquired Norwich Airport in 2014 and owns Exeter Airport and Coventry Airport. For more information about scheduled and holiday flights from Norwich Airport please visit www.norwichairport.co.uk

PICTURES: Roger Harris www.photoaction.co.uk

 

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