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Flights announced from Norwich airport to Alicante, Malaga and Geneva

15:43 08 October 2015

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Flights to summer and winter destinations have been confirmed for Norwich airport today.

Sun-seekers will be able to fly to Alicante and Malaga all year round from March 2016 and those who want to hit the ski slopes can land in Geneva later that year during the winter months.

Norwich airport owners Regional & City Airports (RCA), owned by the Rigby Group, say seats will be available for booking from early November after the release of Flybe’s 2016 summer schedule.

There have also been hints there could be further expansion, with the possibility of adding more route, in the future.

Richard Pace, general manager of Norwich airport, said: “Ever since Rigby Group acquired Norwich Airport it has been our stated aim to protect existing routes while establishing new ones, and today’s announcement underlines that commitment.

“Not only does this partnership secure scheduled holiday flights from Norwich, but it also provides a firm foundation from which to build for future expansion.”

The plans, which sees the return of the flights to Norwich for the first time in almost a decade, also involves significant investment from both Flybe and the RCA.

Sir Peter Rigby, chairman and founder of RCA owners Rigby Group, added: “I am confident that this announcement, which provides tangible proof of the exciting future facing Norwich, will be just first of many positive developments.”

Earlier this year we reported that a daily flight from Norwich to Charles de Gaulles in Paris is one of four proposed flights put forward by the airport for a £56m government start-up fund.

The other routes include: Norwich to Charles de Gaulles, Norwich to Dublin, Norwich to Exeter and Norwich to Newcastle. The bid is in progress.

37 comments

  • Great news, I fly to Alicante about four times a year, hope the prices will be competative its a drag having to drive to Stansted although the road has improved since the new bypass opened.

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    Carol Phillippo

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • That's good news , but let's see how the holiday prices come out at. Stansted is a better bet , thing I hate most about norwich airport is the £10 fee to fly out how they get away with this is beyond belief But time will tell , so come on norwich airport sort the place out in regards to what the customer requires within the airport , once you get more choice for coffee tea etc facilities this would then offset the £10 fee with rents you would collect . Good luck anyway .

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    mariner

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Goor news for the airport more charges to rake in the EDF theft, what development or improvement has been made at NWI in the last 5 years?????? Its another flop waiting to happen, how can the airport management not see the resistance to the EDF, remove it and see how the passenger numbers increase.

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    CC

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Is the £10 development fee paying for the Northern Distributor Road?!

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    NJarvis

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Last year, I looked in to flying from Norwich to Jersey where my parents live. I enquired about 5 months before the date I wanted to fly. The flights for my wife and I excluding the criminal £10 development fee were £848.10 excluding hold luggage with fly'may'be! Instead, an easy jet flight was flying from Southend to Jersey priced at £159 including 2 bags return! It was cheaper for us to drive to Southend, park the car in long stay for 2 weeks, rent a hire car for 2 weeks and get that flight. The Southend total was £560.63 Norwich airport isn't competitive......and with the so called development fee, which I think the owners of Norwich airport need to explain what my £10 goes towards, it will never be my choice of airport. Why not introduce Easyjet, Ryanair, or another cheap airline into the airport and get the ordinary joe blogs back.

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    NJarvis

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • This thread will be closed to comment soon and as usual no reaction or response to points raised by the airport management. From my experience FlyBe is a joke and if you don't believe me google it and check out the passengers feedback.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Stansted every time for me im sorry I think the airport is a joke... We fly out in just over 5 weeks to gran canaria AI £360 same hotel as last year IFA interclub, to get the same standard from NWI to Tenerife ( twice a week why not 2 canary islands for winter sun? ) looking at over £550, even taking into account petrol and parking which is a doddle £40 parking what £30 petrol still a huge saving A11 is great now for me its Stansted.... Close Norwich develop into housing that's what they done with Plymouth, having worked out of the airport for years I would love it to thrive and become affordable to the majority not the minority.. Unfortunately that airport wont survive...

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    nr3

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Well it's good that they wish to expand the airport but I think they have to get some basic things right first , the exit tax has got to be the number 1 problem a complete rip off and I believe the only airport changing it anti passenger tax I think , the cost of basics like coffee etc just far to high , car park the most expansive I know in the east of England !!! 30 mins £4.20 ! So sir Peter Rigby sort out the basics I just might stop going to stansted

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    Pompeyboy

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Well there you are! We have all been asking for these flights, hope the fares are competitive. Use it or lose it (again).

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    Tone the moan

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • I remember Flybe providing a Norwich to Alicante service several years ago. Having booked in advance, reserved seats etc I always,got a text a few,days before departure saying flight had been cancelled due to lack of custom.!! Then had to book on Easyjet at extortionate prices. Pfff. And will Flybe be using their turbo props for the service?? Four hours of deafening noise. That Airport Investment Tax has been in place since 1997. What has improved? I would not use Norwich Airport anymore.

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    Roy Beiley

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • I remember Flybe providing a Norwich to Alicante service several years ago. Having booked in advance, reserved seats etc I always,got a text a few,days before departure saying flight had been cancelled due to lack of custom.!! Then had to book on Easyjet at extortionate prices. Pfff. And will Flybe be using their turbo props for the service?? Four hours of deafening noise. That Airport Investment Tax has been in place since 1997. What has improved? I would not use Norwich Airport anymore.

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    Roy Beiley

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • And nothing changes. Instead of having to suffer trying to get to Heathrow, to get a flight to Australia, surely it's not beyond Norwich Airport to make this more accessible, but apparently, it still is.! At present KLM have the monopoly for me to achieve this from Norwich, and the price they demand is nigh on criminal. All the major international airlines operate from Euro airports, but, as I have experienced, try getting a connection via Norwich, and why should it cost more than if I fly from Heathrow?. Crazy business,

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    Harry Brown

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Norwich "international" is a bit of a joke airport isnt it? On the few occasions Ive used it I have felt that its a very amateurish operation. Users get turned over by the higher fares and the so called development charge (err, developing what exactly???) Like many others, Im happy to make the journey to Stanstead - much better and often works out to be cheaper overall. Sadly NIA is a very poor relation and will eventually close Im sure as these new destinations will surely start off as popular but then fade away like so many other flights in the past...

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    Tootyfrooty

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Have flown long haul from Norwich via Amsterdam twice. Both times the first leg was full of business people so had to fly at inconvenient times at silly prices, and even worse connections on the way back. The second time, with that joke called "improvement tax", the toilets were broken on departure and were still 2 weeks later on return, and don't even ask about car park charges. So twice bitten, thrice shy, unlikely to ever use Norwich again.

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    manbythesea

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • I just wish they'd bring back the winter flights to Egypt, ridiculous having to travel to Stansted when you have an airport on your doorstep

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    Linda Sinclair

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • We should find that with overseas scheduled flights back, Norwich Airport sees its footfall return to something like the 800,000 it had up to seven years ago. In which case this may create sufficient additional income to remove the need for the airport tax. I expect to pay more to fly the Norwich - Malaga route but as I live on the North Norfolk coast this would be negated by the big taxi fares I currently have to pay to and from Stansted, plus meals and on occasions an overnight hotel. Add to that the convenience of flying to Norwich and I would even put up with the airport tax! For people south and west of Norwich, however, I can see that Stansted would remain a good option. But for Mr and Mrs Malaga the Norwich announcement is good news!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Great news but,why are the schedules and prices being announced 6 weeks after EasyJet. I have already booked 6 flights to and from Alicante between March and June next year. This is exactly what happened at the last attempt with Flybe being too late with the schedules, and too expensive. If they would get the schedules out early, I could accept a small premium to fly from Norwich, but these days with the cheap seats sold first, passengers cannot wait weeks to see if suitable flights from Norwich will be available . Here's hoping I will be able to book my summer flights from Norwich.

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    Union Jack

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • It will take a lot more than a few holidaymakers going to Spain once a year to bolster the figures at Norwich. As Angrychef has stated the extortionate prices charged to Aberdeen and Amsterdam are the reason that most of us choose Luton and Stansted. The latter airport is so close to Norwich now with the new A11 link and you don't get the gestapo treatment from security.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • And still Malta is left out,,,why ?

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    malcolm bullen

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • The reason they charge the levy is because no one uses the airport so they have to scr£w you for every penny they can I often travel to Aberdeen with a colleague and I refuse to pay 250 to 300 return from Norwich so I travel to Luton and fly with Esy Jet for 120 for 2 of us even with the petrol and car park charges its about the same as the levy charge

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    angrychef

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Will they be doing guided tours around Fifa's abandoned headquarters in Geneva in say .....about a year from now?

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    One Horse Town

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Good to have new flights from Norwich airport just a pity not available for package holidays to Alicante and Malaga like it use to be

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    sylvia.waterfield

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Perhaps now they are attracting more flights and therefore more landing charges the contentious Airport Development robbery , I mean levy ! will be reduced or removed ........... ummmmmm won't hold my breath on that one.

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    countryboy

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Pierre: Fair enough and good luck to you (hadn't thought of that one - I'm too old for football, have never skiied in my life and only play tennis these days)!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Skiers, Dingo! That's a hooray from me if the prices and scheduling are good.

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    Pierre

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • I remember trying to get flight only to Mallorca when Thomson-Tui would only take package holiday passengers. Ridiculous. Couldn't even buy an empty seat as they'd rather fly half empty.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Still no direct flights to anywhere in Ireland. I just don't get why they don't do flights to Belfast at least. The Titanic quarter there and the huge IT centres there mean that people are flocking there, except from Norfolk! As always we are still in the dark ages.

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    samphirelover

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Thank goodness my holiday to Malaga is secure next year. Now...can Richard Pace actually start working toward offering Norfolk's business users flights to places people want to go at a price that reflects today's short haul marketplace? It strikes me that the picture at top pretty much reflects the actuality and that the effort is going into creating a large industrial estate, rather than a thriving customer focussed airport.

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    Col

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • I'm genuinely pleased for you and Mrs Malaga, but who on earth would use the Geneva run??? I just got lost from the footy boards - nothing happens in the international break!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Lets see the ticket prices first before we get too exited. Stanstead is now only an hour or so from South Norfolk on the A11 and Norwich will have to be very keenly priced to tempt me to change.

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    Diss man

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • This is brilliant news and something many of us have been campaigning for over the past five years or more. My wife and I used to use the FlyBe service to Malaga, which was always brilliant. We will certainly be booking flights on the re-introduced service next year. At present we had restricted our flights to and from Malaga because of having to travel down to Stansted. Now we may well make more regular trips. Having been a critic of Norwich Airport for too long over its lack of scheduled flights overseas, I have to give credit where it is due. Well done!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • I doubt Mildenhall will ever become an airport with Stansted and Cambridge nearby. The small population of Norfolk will never support anything more than exists and the airport is on the wrong side of the city. To make matters worse they are not customer friendly.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • They would charge £25 development fee to cover the cost at Mildenhall, or Coltishall.

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    NigelS

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • That charge that every passenger is forced to pay every time they use the airport stops me using it. This doesn't happen at any other airports and it is totally anti-customer. The airlines will be paying to land there anyway and this compulsory passenger payment is just plain wrong. I would rather drive to Stansted.

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    John Alborough

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Shame they can't retrofit RAF Mildenhall into a proper International airport when it finishes. Got a lovely runway there large enough to take anything the aviation world can throw at it. Such a waste.

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    Resident Smith

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Looks busy as normal in the picture with nearly half the flights on the board going to gas platforms.

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    Michael Clintergate

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • This is really good news. The Alicante flights will especially please people looking to holiday in Benidorm. With the Northern Distributor Road getting built the future of our regional airport is looking rosy.

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    Mick Castle

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

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