Flybe to operate first service under UK’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund

As part of its 2016 summer schedule, Flybe will operate a new service between Exeter (EXT) and Norwich (NWI) Airports each day except Saturday from 24 March to 28 October 2016.
The route will be the first operated under the UK Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund, which aims to provide businesses and passengers with new transport connections from their local areas.
In 2015, the Department for Transport published a shortlist of new international and domestic routes to and from UK regional airports handling fewer than five million passengers a year, inviting representations from parties interested in operating any of the routes commercially. Flybe was successful in securing nearly half of the routes, of which Exeter–Norwich is one.
Between Monday and Friday, the EXT–NWI leg will take off and land at 12:05 and 13:15 respectively. The NWI–EXT leg will depart at 15:20 to arrive back in EXT at16:40. On Sundays, flights will leave Exeter at 10:45 and reach Norwich at 11:55 before the NWI–EXT leg leaves at 12:20 to touch down at 13:40.
Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer, commented, “We are delighted to be the first airline to announce details of one of the many routes to be funded under the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. Our new service between Exeter and Norwich is a great example of how Flybe connects the UK regions, supporting local communities and businesses. Our new direct cross-country route will take just 70 minutes, saving customer’s precious time by offering them the favourable option of not having to endure between five and seven long hours in a car or train.”
The details of this new route follows the 2016 summer schedule already announced for Exeter and Norwich for the productive utilisation of one of Flybe’s modern 118-seat Embraer 195 jets after an agreement was reached between the airline and the Rigby Group, which owns both airports.

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