Cambridge Airport lands a double first

This week, Cambridge Airport lands a double first with Danube Wings’ first UK scheduled services to France, and the first ever flights to the Franche-Comté region, launching tomorrow (Friday 27 July 2012).

The new scheduled flights, operated by Danube Wings, will operate on Mondays and Fridays from Cambridge to Dole-Jura Airport from 27 July. The regional airport of the Franche-Comté province, also offering ease of access to neighbouring Burgundy, is the first international scheduled service destination to be offered from Cambridge Airport under its new leadership team and it’s the first time any airport in the UK has offered a route to this great winemaking region.

Danube Wings has also introduced a unique wine allowance for passengers flying on the route. Every passenger flying from Dole-Jura to Cambridge will receive a special wine allowance of four bottles per person, in addition to a complimentary checked baggage allowance of 15kg and a hand luggage allowance of 5kg.

‘I am delighted to welcome Danube Wings to Cambridge Airport. This is a groundbreaking development with one of Europe’s rapidly developing airline companies and to such a beautiful and largely undiscovered region of France. We couldn’t be happier with Dole-Jura as our next destination. It’s the first of a number of exciting international services we plan to bring to Cambridge’, commented David Surley, Head of Business Development at Cambridge Airport.

‘At Danube Wings we are pleased to establish Cambridge Airport as our newest destination, connecting the UK to our new network of routes in France. Cambridge Airport is such an important gateway to London, Cambridge and the East of England, and we are looking forward to promoting tourism across these areas of the UK and France with this convenient new service,’ commented Jan Rostas, CEO of Danube Wings.

Ideally located only three miles from the centre of Cambridge, Cambridge Airport offers direct access from London by rail in just 45-minutes and provides a gateway to the East of England. With fast and easy boarding, travellers are just a quick two-hour flight away from Jura in Franche-Comté, where the delights of a gastronomic culture, meandering waterways, the Jura Mountain landscape, beautiful old riverside towns such as Ornans and Besançon, the tranquil sun-drenched beaches and tempting shores of beautiful Lac du Chalain – one of Europe’s largest – plus nearby Dijon and Burgundy, the grand cru of winemaking regions, await.  You can also easily rent a car and discover all of eastern France and the Swiss border region, including the glamorous lakeside resort of Lausanne.

Danube Wings seats are on sale now with special offer fares from just £65 one-way via the airline’s website on both a one-way and round-trip basis. Packages are bookable via Premier Travel (01223 500 007), which offers Dijon city-breaks, self-drive holidays through Jura and Burgundy wine tours. Wine bottles must be securely packed in a suitable wine carrying box for transportation and be checked in to the aircraft hold.

About Cambridge Airport
Cambridge Airport is part of the Marshall Group of Companies, a private family business, owned and managed by the Marshall family. The business was founded in Cambridge in 1909, and entered aviation in 1929. Marshall Group activities which take place at the airport include Marshall Aerospace (engineering and technology), Marshall Executive Aviation (Jet Charter and management) and Cambridge Aeroclub (GA Training and Maintenance). Cambridge Airport primarily targets the east of England market with a strong focus on Cambridge and its business, academic and industrial sectors. It is also a strong provider to the equine community as it is just 10 miles from Newmarket and offers regular services for the transportation of horses.

The airport is ideally positioned for easy access to London with just under an hour’s drive to Canary Wharf and East of London the location of the key Olympics venues. With a 1965m/6447ft runway accepting aircraft up to Boeing 757 or Airbus 320 and all regional jet types, it is suitable for short to medium haul passenger airline services.  It boasts CAA Category 7 Fire & Air Traffic Control status and has full navigational aids and communications, which include radar approach coverage up to 30nm and a new GPS approach to complement its ILS system. Cambridge Airport is home to a variety of aviation service providers including charter operator Marshall Executive Aviation, MEA which operates a Cessna Citation Bravo and Citation XLS as well as a Bombardier Challenger 300.


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