Flybe has celebrated the inaugural flight between Exeter and Norwich that will operate six times a week.
It is the first to launch under the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. With a flight time of just over an hour, it saves between three and four hours on the equivalent journey made by road or rail.
The Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund was launched last year as a way of encouraging new routes to and from UK regional airports and improving connectivity for business and leisure travellers.
Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: “It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new direct air service between Exeter and Norwich, 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.”
Amy Valcik, Flybe’s Chief Marketing Officer adds: “Flybe delivers unrivalled regional connectivity between the UK regions and we recognise that time is precious for our customers. So we are thrilled that, as a result of our new relationship with the Rigby Group, we have been able to greatly improve the travel options between Exeter and Norwich, by offering ‘the fastest way from A to Flybe’. We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board.”
Andrew Bell, Chief Operating Officer for RCA, the airport management division of Rigby Group PLC, said: “Regional airports perform a critical role connecting the people and businesses of the UK and we are delighted that the first UK route under the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund is linking two of RCA’s airports. Our growing partnership with Flybe is further cemented by our securing and expanding sunshine flights and demonstrates our commitment to keeping our regions connected.”