Green Canaries winging the Blues!

PUBLISHED: 13:49 12 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

THE CANARIES may have had their wings clipped – but football fans could soon be flying out from their doorstep on the hunt for European glory!

THE CANARIES may have had their wings clipped – but football fans could soon be flying out from their doorstep on the hunt for European glory!

While the Canaries may not be quite up to European matches these days, UEFA Cup fever could descend on Norwich Airport if plans to allow Ipswich Town Football Club fans to use it to jet off on their European adventures go ahead.

The Airport has applied to the city council to allow flights after the 11pm curfew for 14 nights during the football season, following requests from travel agents hoping to cash in on Ipswich's winning ways.

A spokesman for Ipswich Town stressed that the approach to the airport had not come directly from the club.

"We are approaching local travel agents who are bidding for our business and they will be looking at appropriate airports to use," they said.

While that is salt in the wounds for success-starved Canary fans, the arrival and departure of their arch-rivals could represent a cash windfall for the airport and the city, according to the airport's commercial director Trevor Eady.

"We have had brokers ringing to see whether they would be able to use Norwich to fly in and out and, knowing how long the planning process can be, we have applied for flights after 11pm on 14 nights between August and May," he said.

"It obviously depends on how far Ipswich get but, if they were to reach the final, there could be 14 nights when we could be asked to have flights through here.

"We don't know when these games will be played because the draw has not taken place, but we have had to put an application in advance.

"Norwich will benefit quite well from having such flights coming through because we then start to make money out of Ipswich Town Football Club and the city and the county should be pleased at that."

Harry Watson, vice-chairman of the airport committee, said "We are delighted for the region that Ipswich are in European competition.

"We know how much pleasure Norwich supporters got out of it and we hope the same applies to Ipswich supporters."

Ipswich qualified for the UEFA Cup by finishing fifth in the Premiership last season.

Fixtures for the cup are yet to be organised.

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