Newcastle Airport is celebrating a bumper start to 2017 after welcoming almost 40,000 more passengers through the terminal in January, a year-on-year increase of 16.2%.
Strong demand on non-EU routes to the likes of Dubai, Geneva and the Canaries saw the airport’s international traffic grow by 26.8%, while EU-scheduled traffic was up 30.6% due to an increase in capacity on Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 services.
The airport’s approach to providing more city break destinations is proving to be a popular choice, with new services to Berlin and Polish cities Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw all performing strongly.
In March, the airport will further strengthen its range of city destinations on offer, with flights to Madrid set to commence with Ryanair.
John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We recorded our strongest December in over 10 years in 2016 so we are naturally delighted to see the airport carry this momentum into the first month of 2017.
“January is considered to be a relatively quiet period but as we have continued to invest in the airport and add new routes along with additional capacity, we have experienced an increase in demand for our international services.
“We take our role seriously as the international gateway for the North East and will continue to explore additional routes to help ensure the region remains well connected for both business and leisure destinations.”
Newcastle International Airport is today celebrating 50 years since the opening of its terminal building.
On February 17, 1967, Prime Minister Harold Wilson officially opened the £2.5m scheme that has helped transform the airport from a local airfield, into the region’s biggest, and the world’s most punctual small airport.
More than 360,000 passengers made their way through the terminal in 1967, with Mr Wilson praising the ultra-modern terminal, stating that the airport would be vital to the future of the North East and it would play a pivotal role in the region’s economic development.
In 2016, over 4.8m passengers travelled through the airport, marking six years of positive year on year growth, on over 41,000 scheduled flights.
The airport, which contributes directly £581 million into the regional economy every year, now serves more than 80 direct destinations and connects across the world via a wider global network through London Heathrow, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen and Dubai.
With the airport currently transforming its landside facility and to mark the historic occasion, Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders was present to lay a floor tile as part of the redevelopment works.
The re-tiling of the landside facility, which comes just one year after the airport’s new £14m departure lounge redevelopment was officially opened, will replace the tiles that were fitted when the terminal was first opened in 1967.
Cllr Malcolm, said: “Newcastle Airport is a regional asset and the comments made by Prime Minister Wilson 50 years ago still remain significant to this day.
“The airport is the international gateway for the North East and a key economic generator for our region.The team at the airport and its shareholders work tirelessly to open up new markets for both our leisure and business customers.
“It is vital that we continue to target our efforts on routes that will further enhance regional connectivity, grow our economy, attract inward investment and encourage tourism.”
Newcastle International Airport has launched its first multi audience marketing campaign to highlight the range of destinations available.
The world’s most punctual small airport is rolling out its ‘Discover’ campaign across the whole of the North East and its wider catchment area.
A major integrated multimedia campaign including digital, print, and radio adverts are now live across the region and further afield, ranging from the Scottish Borders down to North Yorkshire and across Cumbria.
An adventure in Australia, a break in Berlin, or a cruise of the Caribbean are all within easy reach, with over 80 direct destinations on offer and connections across the globe via the airport’s route network.
The campaign will be supported via Newcastle International’s social media channels with the number of adult impacts expected to reach over 63million.
John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “As the airport continues to grow, we believe this campaign will help to ensure our key messages are delivered across the North East and beyond.
“We have an excellent route network that offers a wide variety of choice to suit all different needs where our passengers really can discover the world.
“Our goal is to be the UKs most welcoming airport and following our recent success in being named as the world’s most punctual small airport, we now aim to make people aware of the fantastic offering available from Newcastle.”
Primary school pupils from Tyneside and Wearside have been flying high after taking part in the first Newcastle Airport 'Paper Plane' challenge.
More than 60 youngsters, representing partner schools of Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation, touched down at the Newcastle Aviation Academy for the event which pushed their design and creativity skills to the limit.
As part of the challenge, the pupils from Cotsford Juniors and Bailey Green Primary School took part in a number of workshops which gave them a greater understanding of Newcastle Airport and its worldwide destinations and the importance of corporate identity which they used to develop their paper aeroplane.
Staff from Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College's state of the art offsite campus based at Newcastle Airport, were on hand to provide expert advice around materials, aerodynamics and flight technique.
Tim Jacklin, Head of Aviation at Newcastle College, said: “The staff and I were extremely impressed with the positive attitude, behaviour and application that all young learners displayed during the paper Planes Event here at the Newcastle College Aviation Academy.
“The thought that went into the design and build task was impressive and the final ‘Fly Off’ in the hangar was brilliant. Our thanks go out to all who assisted in this day and to the foundation and airport teams who were superb throughout.”
Richard Hopper, Head of Commercial at Foundation of Light, said: "Paper Planes has been a hugely successful event and all of the youngsters have really enjoyed the challenge.
"We're really pleased to have got this event off the ground. It is fantastic we can use this partnership with Newcastle International Airport and the Aviation Academy to engage youngsters in fields such as engineering and design.
"Today's event holds with our ethos of bringing subjects to life through innovative learning experiences."
Newcastle United Foundation Learning and Skills Manager, Andrew Foster, said: "The Paper Plane Challenge was a fantastic opportunity for pupils representing both Foundations to go behind the scenes at Newcastle International Airport to learn about aviation in a fun and innovative way.
“The groups, who produced some incredible designs, were really inspired with some even considering a career in the industry. We'd like to thank the Airport and Newcastle Aviation Academy for a brilliant experience!"
The Paper Plane Challenge is part of Newcastle Airport's historic partnership with Sunderland AFC's Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation which has raised over £50,000 for communities across Tyneside and Wearside since launching in 2015.
Both charities use football to change lives across the North East through a range of sport, education and health programmes. For more information visit www.foundationoflight.co.uk and www.nufoundation.org.uk.
Newcastle International Airport has completed a deal on deadline day of the January transfer window after signing up to become a partner of Middlesbrough Football Club.
A deal has been agreed until the end of the season between the Premier League club and the North East’s biggest airport with an option to extend the partnership.
As part of the agreement, the airport’s logo, ‘Newcastle International: Your Airport’, will be on display throughout The Riverside Stadium and across the club’s social media platforms.
The airport will work closely with the club to highlight new developments and will look to benefit the local community with tickets and flight giveaways throughout the season.
Located less than an hour’s drive from The Riverside, this latest partnership comes as Newcastle Airport looks to continue to grow its catchment area in southern parts of the North East.
With over 80 direct destinations on offer, Middlesbrough fans can discover the world from the airport recently voted the most punctual small airport in the world.
John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Its exciting times to be a Middlesbrough fan with the team back in the Premier League and we are delighted to have signed this exciting partnership.
“Our goal is to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and as we start to see more Boro’ shirts in the terminal, we believe this partnership offers the perfect platform for us to highlight all of the great destinations available from Newcastle International.”
Lee Fryett, Head of Partnerships at Middlesbrough Football Club, said: “We are delighted to announce Newcastle International Airport as our latest partner.
“As our partnership programme continues to grow it’s great to be able to add another regional partner whose services can be of a benefit to our fan base. We are also looking forward to working with the airport to promote its service and help promote the region internationally.”
Discover The World
Discover the World from Your Airport and see where you can travel. For more information about flights from Newcastle Airport, visit http://www.newcastleairport.com/discover.
About Newcastle International Airport
Newcastle International Airport is the largest airport in the North East. It is a jobs generator, supporting 12,200 jobs, including 3,200 onsite.
Newcastle International Airport is a public private partnership. Seven local authorities own 51% of the airport company; Durham County Council, Gateshead MB Council, Newcastle City Council, Northumberland Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council. 49% is owned by AMP Capital.
The Airport serves a catchment area of the North East, South Scotland, Cumbria, and North Yorkshire and contributes directly £581 million into the regional economy every year.
In 2016 4.8 million passengers passed through the airport. Newcastle International Airport connects to more than 80 destinations directly and provides customers with access via a wider global network through London Heathrow, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen and Dubai.
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On the back of a season of phenomenal demand with sell out New York trips from Newcastle Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks are going big again in Winter 17, offering six sensational trips direct to the Big Apple from the airport.
All breaks are for four nights and in addition to great shopping opportunities, including trips for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, all flights are perfectly timed with the award-winning Jet2.com, the only UK airline to be recognised by Which? as a ‘Recommended Provider’.
There are holidays for sale across a range of iconic 3-5 star hotels in great New York locations. The full New York programme for winter 2017 departures are scheduled as follows:
Thanksgiving & Black Friday:
• Newcastle: 23rd November
October Half Term:
• Newcastle: 21st October
Shopping Trips & Winter in New York:
• Newcastle: 17th November, 1st December, 8th December, 14th December
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks said: “Our New York trips have enjoyed phenomenal demand from Newcastle Airport this winter, with sell out trips and load factors exceeding all expectations. It’s clear how much our customers in the North East love our New York breaks and with Thanksgiving, Half Term and Christmas shopping covered, this programme offers something very special for everyone!”
Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport: “We are delighted to see the return of these popular flights with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks for Winter17.
“New York is a favoured destination of the North East travelling public and with six dates to choose from, starting October half term through to mid-December, there’s now even more choice from Newcastle Airport to this fantastic city.”
Packages with Jet2CityBreaks start from £789* per person, and they can be secured now for only £60pp deposit. Jet2.com flight only options are also available from £419* per person, including taxes.
For more information, visit jet2holidays.com.
Newcastle International Airport continues to fly high with confirmation that over 4.8m passengers travelled through in 2016.
With an increase of 6% compared to 2015, over 250,000 more passengers used the airport last year, which has now seen six years of positive year on year growth.
August was the busiest month for the region’s biggest airport, with almost 600,000 passengers passing through the terminal, the highest number since 2007.
The airport recorded its strongest December in over 10 years, with more than 300,000 passengers travelling in the final month of 2016.
The airport’s daily Emirates service to Dubai celebrated record numbers in August. The route, set to celebrate ten years of operation in 2017, carried 22,745 passengers in August from Newcastle and its Dubai hub.
Alicante was the favoured holiday destination for the North East travelling public, with 341,298 people travelling to the Costa Blanca.
These latest figures come less than a week after the airport was announced as the most punctual small airport in the world following the release of OAG’s 2016 Punctuality League, with over 90% of flights both leaving and arriving on time.
With over 41,000 scheduled flights from the airport last year, the most punctual route was to Dublin, with an on-time score of 99.85%. The airport also introduced a number of new flight routes in 2016 including services to Berlin, Cancun and three Polish destinations to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw. The airport further strengthened its range of city destinations on offer, with the announcement of flights to Madrid set to commence in March 2017.
The airport, which serves more than 80 direct destinations and connects across the globe via its hub connections, was one of only three UK airports from around the world that achieved an on-time performance rating of over 90% in 2016.
Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “2016 was a fantastic year with some amazing achievements. We have seen a number of record breaking months at the airport and to have now seen six years of positive year on year growth is a great accomplishment. We have worked very hard to build a route network that offers a wide variety of choice to suit the needs of all our passengers. With even more choice available from Newcastle for a number of years, 2017 is set to be a special year for the airport as we expect to surpass 5 million passengers.”
Following the release of OAG’s 2016 Punctuality League, Newcastle International Airport has today been announced as the most punctual small airport in the world, with over 90% of flights both leaving and arriving on time.
With over 41,000 scheduled flights from Newcastle International Airport last year, the most punctual route was to Dublin, with an on-time score of 99.85%. The Airport also introduced a number of new flight routes in 2016 including services to Berlin, Cancun and three Polish destinations to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw.
The Airport, which serves more than 80 direct destinations and connects across the globe via its hub connections, was one of only three UK airports from around the world that achieved an on-time performance rating of over 90% in 2016.
Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted by this result which is a real testament to the hard work of all of our staff.
“Our goal is to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and to be one of only three UK airports from around the world to achieve an on-time performance rating of over 90% is a fantastic achievement.
“We have built a strong route network here at Newcastle International and pride ourselves on being the international gateway to and from the North East. We shall use this latest recognition to ensure the Airport becomes even bigger and better in 2017.”
John Grant, Senior Analyst at OAG, said: “It’s great to see Newcastle perform so well in 2016 and demonstrate the importance of punctuality to both travellers and airlines. OAG's data shows that Newcastle Airport were clear winners in their category and we congratulate the whole Newcastle team on that achievement."
Newcastle International Airport is flying high for the festive season with its annual Christmas Getaway now in full swing.
Thousands of holidaymakers will travel in and out of the North East to visit family and friends or simply escape the UK weather to sunnier climes.
Over 135,000 passengers are expected to travel through the region’s biggest airport between Monday 19th December and Monday 2nd January 2017 with around 1,210 flight movements during this time.
Popular destinations include Dubai, the Canary Islands, Dublin, Amsterdam and mainland Spain.
Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Christmas is a great time of year here at the Airport. We always enjoy a busy festive season and this year will be no different.
“We have lots of flights in and out as families and friends make use of our services to travel right across the globe. Some of our passengers are flying off for some winter sun while others make use of our hub connections to make extra special visits over the holidays.
“As well as those travelling away we have thousands returning home to the North East for Christmas – our arrivals halls are wonderful places at this time of year and we’re delighted to be part of many people’s experience this Christmas. We would like to wish all of our passengers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (3 Nov) have celebrated the launch of 5 new routes from Newcastle International Airport as part of its winter schedule. Ryanair’s routes to Wroclaw began on Sunday, with Gdansk on Monday, Tenerife and Warsaw taking off on Tuesday, and Lanzarote starting on Wednesday.
North East consumers can choose from more routes to sun and city destinations, lower fares (as Ryanair passes on lower fuel costs), and an even better customer experience, as it rolls out year 3 of its “Always Getting Better” customer experience programme.
Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Executive, Lisa Buckley said:
“We are pleased to launch our 5 new routes from Newcastle to Gdansk, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Warsaw and Wroclaw. Ryanair continues to grow at Newcastle, by offering the lowest fares and best choice of destinations.
To celebrate the launch of our Newcastle winter schedule, we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Monday (7 Nov). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”
Newcastle International Airport’s Aviation Development Manager, Leon McQuaid said:
“It’s great to see Ryanair continue to build its presence in the region and the start of these exciting new routes is excellent news for the North East travelling public.
“Poland is a vibrant country with a host of attractions on offer and we expect these flights to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw to be extremely popular. Tenerife and Lanzarote are firm favourites for the North East travelling public and I am delighted that we can offer our passengers even more choice and availability from Newcastle Airport.”