Norwich International Airport is spread over 280ha in Norwich, Norfolk, UK, and is one of the country’s busiest airports.
From 2004 to 2014, Omniport had owned a majority share (80.1%) in the airport, along with Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council (19.9%). The airport was bought in June 2014 by Regional & City Airports (RCA), the airports management division of the Rigby Group.
According to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, the airport reached an all-time high in passenger traffic in 2007, with 7.73 million passengers. In 2013, the airport handled 4.63 million passengers and 40,702 aircraft movements.
Norwich International Airport expansion
Since its privatisation in 2004, the airport has received investments totalling over £15m to upgrade its infrastructure and facilities. In 2007, the airport authorities introduced an airport development fee (ADF) to provide additional aid for the improvements, which was paid by all passengers departing from Norwich International Airport.
Heathrow Airport is set to open the redeveloped Terminal 2 in June 2014, marking the completion of an £11bn ($13.4bn) investment programme.
The ADF collected over the last few years is being used to develop new projects, such as a terminal building extension and a main apron upgrade for aircraft parking, as well as purchase new radar, air traffic control and security equipment.
In July 2011, it was announced that an 850,000ft² aviation business park will be developed in a 100-acre area located north-east of the main runway. It will house a five-bay hangar, ancillary office space and associated access roads. The hangar will be dedicated to the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft. The development contract was awarded to Wrenbridge, a Cambridge-based company.
A 160,000ft² pre-let was also proposed to be developed to serve as the head office for aircraft painting firm Air Livery. Planning permission to develop the facility was granted by the Norwich City Council and Broadland District Council in July 2013, with the first phase costing an estimated £14m ($23.7m). The development is expected to create 150 jobs.
Norwich City Council also approved the outline planning permission for the 850,000ft² Aeropark, which is expected to generate up to 2,230 jobs. Its construction is expected to finish by mid-2014.
Norwich International Airport terminal and runway details
Norwich International Airport has a single passenger terminal, which was opened in 1988 and has since been extended four times. The terminal has both international and domestic airplane arrival halls and features executive lounges, unlimited free Wi-Fi access, duty free shops, departure lounges and food points.
The airport has one 1,841m-long runway. A second, smaller runway was closed in 2006 and is now being used as a taxiway.
Ground facilities at Norwich International Airport
The airport is connected with bus and train routes throughout the UK. Private car hire agencies, including Avis, Eurocar and Hertz, have counters in the main concourse.
The Norwich Airport Taxi Association (NATA) also provides taxi services to the passengers, with taxi ranks located outside Norwich bus and rail stations. Counters for NATA taxi booking are located at the arrival meet and greet area of the terminal building.
The parking facility at Norwich International Airport is located near the passenger terminal and offers ample car parking with short and long stay options.