-Norwich City FC player Steven Whittaker and local piper see off evening service as Flybe franchise partner Loganair takes over the route-
Norwich City FC defender, Steven Whittaker and a local piper visited Norwich International Airport yesterday to send off the first service of Flybe’s afternoon business schedule between the city and Edinburgh.
Steven Whittaker, who hails from Edinburgh, joined Dave Harper, a Norwich born bag-piper, to mark the first day of an improved, business schedule, which was introduced by Loganair after taking the service over from partner Flybe.
Loganair has increased the frequency of its services between Norwich and Scotland’s capital, basing a second Dornier 328 aircraft at Norwich International Airport and taking on six locally based staff.
The carrier has started a double daily weekday service, adding a third rotation after the Easter holidays to provide a convenient business schedule. As an extra boost to passengers, a Sunday service will also be added, with Sunday frequency increasing to two flights during the peak summer season.
The airline will operate:
Phil Preston, chief operating officer at Loganair, added: “Our Norwich to Edinburgh service has been specifically tailored to suit the needs of business passengers travelling between the two cities.
“Additionally, once travellers from the East of England reach Edinburgh they have ease of access to the entire Central Belt of Scotland plus Flybe’s network to Wick, Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.
“The extra Dornier aircraft has allowed us much greater flexibility when planning our services, which should be a benefit to the entire region of Norfolk. We’re also extremely happy to be able to take on six local staff to help with operations in the area.”
This is the third service which Loganair operates from Norwich Airport, complementing operations to Manchester as well as a seasonal link with Guernsey.
With tickets currently on sale, fares from Norwich to Edinburgh start at £69.99 one way including a free 20kg bag.
Yesterday, Loganair’s inaugural service between London Stansted and Dundee also took to the skies, replacing the CityJet service from London City. Loganair will operate a twice daily weekday service, and once on a Sunday.
Speaking about the link between Norwich and Edinburgh Andrew Bell, CEO of Norwich International commented “Restoring the frequency of services between Norwich and Edinburgh has been a key target for the airport over the past 18 months and I am pleased we have now achieved this.
“Loganair’s additional commitment to Norwich Airport is very welcome, and we hope that business passengers and those wishing to travel to visit friends and relatives or take short breaks at either destination will take advantage of the improved offer.”
For more information about the service or to make a reservation please visit www.flybe.com or telephone 0871 700 2000.