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Airport increases development fee

Norwich Airport
The money raised will be spent on improving facilities

An airport that charges airline passengers a fee before they are allowed to fly out has increased the charge by 67%.

Norwich International has said its airport development fee, paid by all departing passengers, will increase from 3 to 5 from 1 September 2008.

The cost for children aged 2-15 remains unchanged at 1.

In a statement the airport said: "There will be no further comments about the airport development fee at present."

The fee was introduced to make improvements to the runway, check-in areas, shops, parking and customer services.

Investment group owned

The charge came into force on 2 April 2007 shortly after the airport announced a five-year, 18m investment package.

Managing director Richard Jenner said at the time: "This charge allows us to make a step change at Norwich in the provision of facilities for both airlines and passengers.

"Without this small charge made to every passenger it simply would not be possible for us to put this level of investment into the airport.

"The growth provided by the airport development fee investment will double the number of jobs created by Norwich International within the next five years as well as providing more choice, better value and greater comfort to passengers."

Norwich Airport was sold in 2003 to investment group Omniport for 11m by Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council.

Flybe, one of the biggest airlines using Norwich, has said it is disappointed with the airport?s announcement of a further increase to its development fee which was announced without any direct consultation.

A spokesman said: "Flybe is concerned that this action will give passengers yet a further reason to choose to fly from Stansted rather than from Norwich.

"Flybe therefore calls upon Omniport to urgently review and overturn this ill-advised decision."

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