Cambridge Airport has announced the opening of a new European airline base as European regional carrier, Darwin Airline, unveils new scheduled services linking Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Geneva with the city.
The new services will be operated by Darwin Airline, in code-share partnership with SkyTeam member Alitalia. Flights to Amsterdam, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Milan Malpensa and Geneva will allow travellers from Cambridge and the East England region to reach hundreds of destinations worldwide with connections to the global networks SkyTeam partners Alitalia and Air France-KLM.
Kelly Vickers, Manager at Conference Cambridge, the venue consortium and agency for Cambridge University and the Colleges, said the new routes at the airport will “make the city more accessible and more attractive to international business, which in turn contributes positively to the local economy”.
Commencing from 2 September 2013, Darwin Airline will offer a total of 50 flights a week to and from Cambridge. This will include a planned timetable of 24 weekly flights to and from Amsterdam; 12 weekly flights to and from Paris CDG; eight weekly flights to and from Milan Malpensa; and six weekly flights to and from Darwin Airline’s main hub at Geneva. All routes will be operated by the airline’s 50-seat SAAB 2000 regional aircraft.
“The opening of this new and exciting base by Darwin Airline is a strategic step in our development of Cambridge, as a regional international airport,” said MD of Aviation Services, Steve Jones. “This puts our city firmly on the international transport map, making it easier for people from around the world to get here. As an established carrier in Europe, we feel that Darwin Airline is the perfect partner for Cambridge Airport going forward, offering long term expertise and global connectivity.”
Maurizio Merlo, CEO at Darwin Airline, added: “As we expand within Europe, the UK is a key market for us to further establish and we are delighted to open our new base in the heart of East England. Cambridge is at the forefront of several business sectors and spearheading the UK’s economic growth. The team here at Cambridge Airport and many of the city’s stakeholders inspired us to invest and connect the region to Europe and beyond.”
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