Cambridge Airport, the east of England aviation hub, has announced that leading UK-based tour operator Newmarket Holidays will be operating an inaugural charter flight from Cambridge to Verona, Italy on 16 September 2012. The initial flight will support a week-long itinerary that is anticipated to be the first of a regular set of charters arranged by the specialist tour operator.
This is the first time that Newmarket Holidays, which celebrates 30 years of business this year, has chartered an aircraft to fly from Cambridge Airport. Swedish-based Tor Air, which specializes in wet leasing and charter, will be servicing the route with a Boeing 737. The aircraft has capacity for 148 passengers in a standard class configuration.
Archie Garden, Director at Cambridge Airport said, “This flight marks a significant step forward in our plans to increase the number of regional charter and schedule flights available from the airport.”
“With unrestricted slots and no congestion aircraft are assured of on-time departures and arrivals. Passengers enjoy quick transits through the terminal both on arrival and departure, there is easy parking and we can offer fast check-in facilities, which makes us very attractive for the smaller regional carriers. For those living locally this significantly reduces their journey time when compared to travelling to one of the London airports.”
Newmarket Holidays’ regional charter director, Alison Keeble, commented, “I’m especially pleased that following the great successes we’ve enjoyed over many years from other regional airports, we have been able to introduce this special departure from Cambridge. We selected Cambridge for this particular departure because we anticipate demand from the east of England catchment area will be quite high for this type of trip. We look forward to this being the start of a long and fruitful partnership with the airport.”
Newmarket Holidays will provide packages with a strong focus on the cultural aspects of Italy. The seven-night holidays, which include relaxing trips to Lake Garda, excursions to Venice and tours of medieval Verona, where the balcony inspiring the famous Romeo and Juliet scene is located, start from £549 per person and are available through www.newmarketholidays.co.uk.