A war of words has erupted between Norwich Airport and budget airline Flybe over the decision of the latter to pull out of offering flights from east Anglia to two Spanish destinations.
The argument centres on claims made by Flybe that the £3 surcharge introduced by Norwich Airport was the main reason underlying the operator’s move away from the airport.
However, Richard Jenner, managing director at Norwich Airport, has said that the reason in his opinion as to why the airline has pulled out is that "they haven’t been able to get bums on seats".
Niall Duffy, Flybe’s communications chief, had earlier suggested that the £3 levy had had a "profound effect on sales" and that his company had been left with little choice but to cut the flights to both Alicante and Malaga due to them now being "economically beyond the pale".
The £3 fee put in place at Norwich Airport was designed to act as a source of funding for an £18 million expansion project at the airport.