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Norwich Airport second in top 30 UK airports for annual traffic growth

The positive trend for passenger traffic at Norwich Airport is confirmed in the latest CAA UK official UK airport annual traffic results released on 13th March 2014.

The report lists Norwich Airport as seventh in the UK for annual traffic growth 2013 compared to 2012 (for airport with annual traffic of twenty thousand passengers or more).  Total passengers are listed at 463,401 versus 396,676 being a 17% increase in people from the region using the city’s airport year on year.

However, of the top 30 UK airports Norwich International growth is second overall for the percentage increase year on year (see attached map).

Offshore helicopter traffic enjoyed yet another year of record growth with over 98,000 passengers travelling offshore, an increase of 18% on the previous year with Norwich now the UK’s second busiest offshore heliport after Aberdeen.

Andrew Bell, the airport’s Chief Executive commented, “Posting strong passenger growth is good news for the airport and the region, as ultimately the flights that are operated from the airport must be used by the travelling public if they are to remain on offer.  We recognise that we still have a great deal to do in order to satisfy the demands of the region’s business and leisure travelers alike and we are working hard to bring back routes that proved popular in the past, and to identify new route opportunities.  However, the CAA result, with Norwich second out of the top 30 UK airports, is testament to the hard work the airport has undertaken over the past few years and confirmation that Norwich Airport is moving in the right direction”.

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SaxonAir adds further managed aircraft to complement air charter fleet

SaxonAir maintains its continued growth after signing an agreement to manage a Beechcraft King Air 350 on behalf of the aircraft owner, Gresley Aviation.  The aircraft has joined SaxonAir’s existing mixed charter fleet which ranges from the entry level Citation Mustang jet, to the longer range Hawker 900XP midsize jet alongside its helicopter operation.

The turbo-prop Beechcraft King Air 350 continues to be the choice of flight for many companies, government agencies and individuals from around the world. This is primarily due to its mix of comfort, economy and flexibility, giving the ability to serve both major business hubs and smaller private airfields alike.  The aircraft seats up to nine passengers with unmatched fuel efficiency and lower operating costs, seeing it as a greener option for the private business traveller.

Alex Durand, CEO of SaxonAir Charter Ltd says “We are delighted to see the King Air 350 aircraft back onto our charter fleet.  The company has operated this aircraft type for many years now and our experience was one of the major factors in the owner choosing SaxonAir for its aircraft management.”

The aircraft management deal will see SaxonAir providing crewing, continuing airworthiness and operational support for both owner operated flights and private air charter use when not in operation on behalf of Gresley Aviation.  The aircraft will operate jointly between both SaxonAir’s headquarters in Norwich and Brussels on behalf of the aircraft owner.

To charter the King Air 350 contact SaxonAir’s dedicated charter team by calling +44 (0)1603 518118 or email charter@saxonair.com.

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