Norwich readies for busy year
New chartered flights expected to boost numbers
Airport news for Norwich,Flights on 25/02/2010.
Elliot Summers, the managing director at Norwich Airport, said that he is envisaging a return to form for the Norfolk after suffering a predicted drop of 30% by the end of March this year. Records for the previous 2008/09 season were around the 575,000 mark, but this year it is expected to be closer 404,000. Mr. Summers is however predicting a better year for the coming phase and said with the rise of chartered flights to places like Madeira, Guernsey, Portugal, Tunisia, Bulgaria and Tenerife that the expected passenger surge should rise closer to 475,000. The airport is currently in negotiation for six more routes to take-off from Norwich, three domestic and three European Union flights.
The fiscal statistics for 2008/09 season saw the airport lose £1.36 million and with the drop in number of airport users this year the accounts look like they will fare worse, even though they have made saving of £1.4 million. Mr. Summers is still upbeat about the five-year plan he implemented when he arrived last year. The airport is still on course to be making profit by 2014 even with this very hard time that has seen number diminish for the past 18 months.
Many airports around the country are continuing to post their end-of-year prophecy and none look like they have held out in the economic atmosphere. Newquay looks set to be the second worst for the percentage of passengers they have lost, but some of the larger boys like Stansted also saw a drop-off of more than 10%.