Cambridge Airport becomes international gateway
Published: 02/09/2013 - Filed under: News »
Cambridge International Airport has become a gateway to destinations around the world after Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airline opened its European base there.
From today, Darwin will operate 50 flights per week to and from Cambridge, linking the city with Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Geneva.
And the airline has signed an interline agreement with Etihad Airways, meaning connecting services will then provide access to dozens of international airports.
So, passengers travelling from Cambridge can now book journeys as far afield as Australia, Asia and Africa.
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.
They will also be able to take advantage of quick transfer times between Darwin and Etihad services at Amsterdam, Paris CDG, Geneva or Milan Malpensa.
David Surley, head of business and route development at Cambridge International Airport, said: "This agreement gives Cambridge a new and truly worldwide reach, connecting on to Etihad Airways, one of the world's most exciting and fast-growing carriers.
"It is excellent news for passengers and businesses across the east of England."
Christian Schneider, chief commercial officer at Darwin Airline, added: "Etihad Airways is a fantastic airline and we are thrilled to be able to link its long-haul flights to ours via all four European points serviced directly from Cambridge.
"It is really something very special for the long-haul traveller, offering excellent choice, every day of the week. You can 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."
Darwin Airline's 50 flights per week breaks down as follows — 24 weekly flights to and from Amsterdam; 12 a week to and from Paris CDG; eight weekly flights for Milan Malpensa, and six weekly services for Geneva.
The carrier has a fleet of 50-seater Saab 2000 turboprop regional aircraft.
Darwin will codeshare with fellow Skyteam member Alitalia on the routes. Flights booked on an Alitalia code (AZ) will be part of the Flying Blue reward scheme that runs across Skyteam members including Alitalia, Air France and KLM.
The terminal at Cambridge airport has recently been refurbished, with a business lounge, Costa Coffee and complimentary wifi all added.
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