Up, up and away as Cambridge airport becomes international with Paris, Amsterdam, Geneva and Milan flights

Cambridge International Airport.

Cambridge International Airport. - Credit: Archant

PARIS, Amsterdam, Milan and Geneva suddenly got a little closer today as flights to all four cities on a regular basis began from the renamed Cambridge International Airport.

Cambridge International Airport.

Cambridge International Airport. - Credit: Archant

The airport’s marketing manager Glynis King said: “We are delighted by how smoothly everything has been running.

“It takes only five minutes to get from the car park to having checked in, and all of our passengers have been saying what a pleasant change it makes from the usual airport experience.”

The airport has teamed up with Darwin Airline, the Swiss regional carrier, to operate 50 scheduled weekly flights to and from the four cities with nearly half of them heading for Amsterdam.

The 50 seater Saab 2000 airliners hope to carry a mix of corporate and leisure customers and will link in Europe to UAE carrier Etihad Airways to connect passengers to the Abu Dhabi based airline’s global network.

Under the cooperation agreement, passengers and their baggage can be checked-in at Cambridge all the way through to their final Etihad Airways ticketed destination/

David Surley, head of business and route development of Cambridge International Airport, said: “This agreement gives Cambridge a new and truly worldwide reach and it is excellent news for passengers and businesses across the East of England.”

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Christian Schneider, CCO at Darwin Airline, said: “The convenience of this tie-up is great for our passengers. You can for instance fly out via Amsterdam, back via Paris, or whichever connection works best. Cambridge to Abu Dhabi takes from just eight hours and Cambridge to the Maldives from approximately 14 and a half hours, which is very competitive.”

Steve Jones, Marshall’s managing director of aviation services which operates Cambridge International Airport, said: “Darwin Airline has opened a fantastic range

of new scheduled services that link East England to vital trade destinations at a time of significant economic strength. Darwin Airline is an excellent European carrier, and we are absolutely thrilled to see them touch-down”.

* Cambridge Airport is privately owned and part of the Marshall of Cambridge Group of companies.