By Bejay Browne
Thomson and First Choice will introduce a new route for local holidaymakers in the summer of 2016, connecting Norwich and Paphos, according to a Norwich International Airport announcement.
Tickets for the new route will go on sale on Thursday.
Thomson and First Choice said the introduction of the new route to Paphos was part of the holiday company’s strategy to provide UK customers the ability to fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations.
The head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, welcomed the news, adding that the first steps must ensure that such flights gain in popularity, sustain satisfactory load factors, and help the market grow further.
“This is another positive development and it recognises that the UK market has more potential to grow. This flight fills the gap from this UK region and we are very happy to welcome this new route,” he told the Cyprus Mail.
Holidaymakers travelling on the new flights will also have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels including Thomson’s Sensatori Resort Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus, which is new for summer 2015.
Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, was quoted as saying: “Following the success of the additional summer 2015 flights, we know that further demand is there. Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”
Richard Pace, operations director and general manager of Norwich airport, said: “We are delighted that Thomson and First Choice have announced the new flight to Paphos, Cyprus for summer 2016 offering local holidaymakers more choice from their local airport. This decision further demonstrates their commitment to the airport and reflects the high level of demand from customers wishing to fly from Norwich.”