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Emirates celebrates record month flying out of Newcastle
Emirates celebrates record month flying out of Newcastle

22-09-16

Newcastle International Airport’s daily Emirates service to Dubai is celebrating record numbers.

The route, hailed as a game changer for the North East upon its arrival in 2007, carried 22,745 passengers in August from Newcastle and its Dubai hub.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to announce these record figures. The key to the success of Emirates is that it connects the North East to Dubai and then via Dubai to over 150 destinations.

“The Airline takes great pride in the role it plays in the region and this service has highlighted the impact a single long haul scheduled service can have.

“Next year we will celebrate 10 years of Emirates flying out of Newcastle and look forward to continuing our fantastic relationship well into the future.“

Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President, UK, said: “Emirates began operating out of Newcastle in 2007 and since then we have seen travel from the region to Dubai and beyond flourish.

“Newcastle International Airport has become an important gateway for both business and leisure travellers in the North East, and plays an important part in the growth of the local economy.

“Like the airport, August was a very strong month for our Newcastle operation, recording a five percent annual growth. We look forward to continuing our very successful relationship long into the future.”

The Emirates service carries the vast majority of exports flown out of Newcastle Airport, the value of which now stands at £310m per annum. Before Emirates arrived in the region, flown exports stood at less than £20m.

Geordies prepare for Newcastles of the World
Geordies prepare for Newcastles of the World

16-09-16

The tenth gathering of the Newcastles of the World takes place in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada later this month, and generous contributions from local businesses, trusts and private individuals are allowing several young people from Newcastle upon Tyne to attend the conference.

Newcastle International Airport is supporting Newcastles of the World for the third successive conference. Graeme Mason, Planning and Corporate Affairs Director of the Airport, said: “It’s great that so many Newcastles around the world get together to share knowledge and experience, build links between schools and youth councils, create cultural projects and promote tourism between one another. The Airport has been delighted to help this process, and especially to support the young people from our Newcastle being able to travel to take part.”

Meeting at the Airport were Newcastle upon Tyne youth conference delegates Emily Dormer and Julia Henzell, with Councillor David Faulkner who coordinates the Newcastles of the World project.

“We run projects and share best practice between us continuously, but we meet every two years to take stock and develop new ideas“, said David.

“This time it’s the town of Newcastle in Ontario, 50 miles from Toronto, who are hosting our conference. We have 14 delegates from Newcastle upon Tyne, seven of them young people. Overall there will be about 100 delegates from 13 different Newcastles. We are grateful to the Airport and all our many other sponsors and donors who between them have contributed £10,000 to pay the travel and registration costs for our youth delegates.”

The other local youth delegates are Laura Wilson, Liam Cartwright, Rozita Leetham, Marian Pamsm-Conteh and Molly Secret. Most are current or former members of the Newcastle Youth Council.

The Newcastles of the World conference first took place in Shinshiro City (“Newcastle”) in Japan in 1998. Newcastle upon Tyne hosted the conference in 2012.

Ryanair launches new Newcastle-Madrid route
Ryanair launches new Newcastle-Madrid route

15-09-16

Ryanair today further extended its Newcastle summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Madrid starting in March, in addition to 3 new routes to Faro, Girona and Palma, 5 new summer services to Gdansk, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Warsaw and Wroclaw, and more flights to Alicante, Dublin (double daily) and Malaga, which will deliver over 750,000 customers p.a. and support 560* jobs at Newcastle Airport.

Ryanair’s Newcastle summer 2017 schedule will see more frequencies to sun destinations for summer family holidays, 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, and will deliver:

  • 4 new routes: Faro (5 wkly), Girona (2 wkly), Madrid (2 wkly) & Palma (daily)
  • 5 new summer services: Gdansk (2 wkly), Lanzarote (2 wkly), Tenerife (3 wkly), Warsaw (2 wkly) & Wroclaw (2 wkly)
  • More flights to: Alicante (daily), Dublin (2 daily) & Malaga (5 wkly)
  • 12 routes in total
  • 52 weekly flights
  • Over 750,000 customers p.a.
  • 560* “on-site” jobs p.a.

Seats on Ryanair’s new Newcastle-Madrid route are on sale now from just £24.99, for travel in March and April, which must be booked by midnight Monday (19 Sep).

In Newcastle, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to further extend our Newcastle summer 2017 schedule, with a new route to Madrid, in addition to our 3 new routes to Faro, Girona and Palma, the continuation of our new services to Gdansk, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Warsaw and Wroclaw into summer, and more flights to Alicante, Dublin and Malaga, which will deliver over 750,000 customers p.a. and support 560 jobs at Newcastle Airport.

"To celebrate our new Newcastle-Madrid route, we are releasing seats for sale from just £24.99 for travel in March and April, which are available for booking until Monday (19 Sep). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

Newcastle Airport’s Aviation Development Manager, Leon McQuaid said: “We are delighted to see Ryanair continue to expand their summer17 offering from Newcastle with these exciting flights to Madrid. Madrid is a leading European city and another excellent addition to our flight programme as we continue to explore and add further city destinations accessible from Newcastle. With twice weekly flights conveniently timed, we expect this service to be extremely popular with both business and leisure travellers throughout the region.”

United Airlines service to New York Newark

10-08-16

United Airlines have confirmed that following two summer seasons of operation, their service to New York/Newark will not be returning in 2017. The service will continue to operate 6 days a week for the remainder of summer 2016, until 6th September.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive of Newcastle International said “We understand that this will be very disappointing news. We, United Airlines and our regional partners really have given the New York route our best possible shot during its seasonal period of operation. Passenger numbers in 2016 have been higher than in 2015, but with great regret we understand United’s decision.

“We would like to thank all of our customers who have used the service. We continue to have numerous connections for business travellers to the US via our Heathrow, Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and other hub services, regular Thomson flights to Orlando and Cancun, as well as seasonal leisure flights to New York with Jet2.com, and we will continue to explore future opportunities for transatlantic flights.

“Newcastle International Airport remains very strong, with passenger numbers growing, and a number of new routes, including Berlin, Warsaw and Gdansk, recently announced. This news regarding the New York service is certainly not reflective of the general trend at the Airport.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, and Leader of the LA7, said “This is disappointing news. The region pulled together magnificently to secure a New York service, and we have all worked extremely hard to make it work. While it is a blow to lose the service, especially given that numbers were up, the reasons are understandable. Newcastle International Airport, however, remains in good shape with strong growth in passenger numbers and a significant number of new services announced recently.”

Ryanair launches Summer 2017 schedule
Ryanair launches Summer 2017 schedule

19-07-16

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today launched its biggest ever Newcastle summer schedule, with 3 new routes to Faro, Girona and Palma, 5 new summer services to Gdansk, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Warsaw and Wroclaw, and more flights to Alicante, Dublin (double daily) and Malaga, which will deliver 750,000 customers p.a. as Ryanair grows Newcastle traffic by over 150%.  

Ryanair’s Newcastle summer 2017 schedule will deliver:

  • 3 new routes: Faro (5 wkly), Girona (2 wkly) & Palma (daily)
  • More flights to: Alicante (daily), Dublin (2 daily) & Malaga (5 wkly)
  • 5 new summer services: Gdansk (2 wkly), Lanzarote (2 wkly), Tenerife (3 wkly), Warsaw (2 wkly) & Wroclaw (2 wkly)
  • 11 routes in total
  • 50 weekly flights
  • 750,000 customers p.a.

Ryanair is the ideal choice for business and leisure customers, who can now choose from 11 Newcastle routes in summer 2017 and look forward to further improvements, as Ryanair continues its “Always Getting Better” programme, which includes more new routes, new digital features, new cabin interiors and even more low fares.

In Newcastle, Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to launch our biggest ever Newcastle summer 2017 schedule, 3 months earlier than last year, which includes 3 new routes to Faro, Girona and Palma, the continuation of our winter services to Gdansk, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Warsaw and Wroclaw to summer, and more flights to Alicante, Dublin and Malaga, which will deliver 750,000 customers p.a. and support 560 jobs at Newcastle Airport, as we grow our operation by over 150%.

"To celebrate the launch of our Newcastle summer 2017 schedule, we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Thursday (21 Jul). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: "We are delighted to see Ryanair continue to expand their offering from Newcastle.

"The new routes to Faro, Girona and Palma increases the choice of flight options to these popular destinations from Newcastle and we expect these flights to be well received by the North East travelling public."

easyJet announces two new routes from Newcastle International Airport to Berlin and Las Palmas
easyJet announces two new routes from Newcastle International Airport to Berlin and Las Palmas

30-06-2016

easyJet, Europe's leading and Newcastle's largest airline, has this morning announced that it is launching two new routes from Newcastle International Airport to Berlin in Germany and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. 

The two new routes will start on 1st November and combined are expected to carry more than 36,000 passengers in the first year of operation alone. easyJet will be operating the only direct scheduled flights from the airport to Berlin Schoenefeld, opening up the destination to the North-East population.

Passengers in the North-East will be able to fly with easyJet directly to Berlin Schoenefeld from just £30.49* up to three times a week year-round on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, making it ideal for those wanting to visit for short city breaks. The route starts just in time for visitors wanting to experience the famous German Christmas markets and experience the traditional winter celebrations. Berlin also boasts a rich history and culture with a wealth of exhibitions and museums on the Berlin Wall and World War Two. 

Flights from Newcastle International to Las Palmas will take-off every Tuesday over the winter season and is ideal for those wanting to take advantage of Gran Canaria's winter sun and escape to warmer climes over the Christmas and New Year period. From enduring beaches to the sand dunes in Maspalomas, the shopping in Las Palmas to the night time entertainment in Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria appeals to all ages and interests. Passengers can enjoy fares starting from £32.49*.

Flights are now on sale at www.easyjet.com.

Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Commercial Manager, commented this morning: "We are very excited to be launching these two new routes, meaning our passengers in the North-East now have a choice of 17 of Europe's best city, ski and beach destinations. 

“We’re constantly listening to the feedback from our customers and are confident that these new routes will prove very popular with our passengers.“


John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome the return of Berlin to easyJet’s network from Newcastle.

“Berlin is a fantastic destination and a leading European city, so with flights conveniently timed up to three times a week year-round, we expect this service to be extremely popular with both business and leisure travellers.

“Las Palmas continues to be a favoured destination for the North East travelling public and will be ideal for those looking to escape for some winter sun.

“We have worked extremely hard to secure both services and having built a great working relationship with easyJet, we look forward to more future success.”

For those wanting to combine flights and accommodation into one package, easyJet Holidays has a fantastic selection of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels in both destinations and with a new low deposit scheme launching this week, local holidaymakers can secure the holiday of their choice with a deposit of just £60 per person and only need to pay the balance 45 days before departure. For more information please visit http://www.easyjet.com/en/holidays/

Christmas markets Yule want to experience thanks to Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks

15-06-16

With almost six months to go until Christmas, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks are spreading the festive cheer with the launch of their biggest ever range of dedicated Christmas market breaks from Newcastle Airport for 2016.

A total of FOUR dedicated weekend trips are available from this week to stunning winter destinations. The popular winter wonderlands of Berlin, Copenhagen and Vienna return to the programme after a bumper 2015, and the idyllic capital of Bavaria, Munich, is added for 2016.

Each two-night break departs on a Friday morning and returns on a Sunday evening, perfectly timed for people to soak up as much seasonal spirit as possible.  They follow the spectacular success of the 2015 Christmas market breaks programme, where load factors averaged well over 90%. This year, customers are able to take their pick from:

  • Berlin: 2 – 4 December 2016.
  • Copenhagen: 9 – 11 December 2016.
  • Vienna: 25 – 27 November 2016.
  • Munich: 9 – 11 December 2016.

Flight only options are available from £149 return or book flight and hotel together with Jet2CityBreaks from £229, secured now for only a £60 deposit.

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “Our Christmas market breaks are always hugely popular, so we are thrilled to be expanding our range of dedicated trips to iconic European cities this year from Newcastle Airport. There is no better way of getting into the spirit of Christmas than experiencing the festive magic of a city like Copenhagen, Vienna or Berlin and we have added Munich this year. This is our biggest programme from Newcastle Airport yet so I’m sure these trips will be a huge success once again.”

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport said: “We are delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks are offering an even bigger range of pre-Christmas short breaks from Newcastle.”

“The timing is fantastic for those wishing to do some Christmas shopping with a difference, along with experiencing these exciting continental cities, and we expect these flights to be very popular once again with the North East travelling public.”

In addition to these special breaks, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks offer a range of flight only and flight and hotel options to a host of other wonderful Christmas market destinations from Newcastle Airport including Prague, Krakow and, of course, their famous festive shopping trips to New York.

For further information and to book visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2CityBreaks.com                                                             

NEW Christmas Market snapshot:

Copenhagen - The Christmas market in Copenhagen is regarded by many as one of the best in Europe, including a light show consisting of 16,000 bulbs, pixies, an Alpine village, and many rides, stalls and restaurants. Set in the beautiful Tivoli Gardens, the atmospheric Danish Christmas Markets give the visitor an insight into how Christmas is celebrated in Denmark and can make Christmas shopping a memorable experience.

Berlin – With around 60 Christmas markets to wander round and enjoy, Berlin shines in a festive blaze of lights every year in the period before Christmas. Located on grand boulevards, squares, small side streets and museums, Berlin’s Christmas markets enchant with their magic, charm and Christmassy delicacies.

Vienna – Christmas Markets are a well-established Austrian tradition and nowhere is this typified as strongly as the stunning city of Vienna. The capital hosts over 20 Christmas markets, with the 'December Market', dating back to 1294, regarded by many as the forerunner to the Christmas Market. A visit here is guaranteed to bring out everyone’s inner child with fairytale scenes, animals and the special Christkindl Express!

Munich - The cosmopolitan capital of Bavaria turns into an idyllic winter wonderland during the festive season. Draped in shimmering snow and illuminated by twinkling fairy lights, the charming Munich Christmas markets enchant visitors from all over the world. Munich has a wealth of wonderful Christmas markets, with the most well-known being the traditional market at Marienplatz outside the city's beautiful Town Hall.

State of the art Radar Surveillance system comes to Newcastle Airport
State of the art Radar Surveillance system comes to Newcastle Airport

09-06-16

Newcastle International Airport has embarked on a programme to replace its Primary Radar Surveillance System.

Work has begun to replace the Airport’s general surveillance system starting with the installation of the Thales STAR 2000 Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR), located at the north end of the terminal roof.

The Thales STAR 2000 is a well proven primary surveillance radar system offering high levels of reliability with an enhanced performance over the current surveillance system.

A wind farm mitigation element of the surveillance suite is also being installed by NATS with a Terma SCANTER 4002 primary surveillance radar located at the south end of the terminal roof. The SCANTER radar operates in a frequency band higher than the STAR 2000 enabling better discrimination of aircraft, resulting in a superior detection capability. 

Together, the Thales STAR 2000, TERMA SCANTER 4002 along with a new Thales Radar Processing and Display system gives Newcastle Airport a modern and technologically advanced surveillance capability that will serve the airport well into the future.

Richard Knight, Operations Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to announce the installation of a new surveillance radar system which sees Newcastle International at the forefront of aviation technology to support the long term future of the airport.

“This new system allows us to implement the latest mitigation strategy for areas of wind farm clutter.”

Kevin Tolcher, General Manager, Thales ATM activities, UK highlighted the following by saying: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Newcastle International to replace its Primary Radar Surveillance System.  We are continually improving our solutions to meet customers’ needs, recognising wind farm mitigation as a priority for our surveillance customers.”

The technology enables construction of Vattenfall’s 54.4MW Ray Wind Farm on the Ray Estate near Kirkwhelpington.

Alongside the installation of the new radars the airport is working on a revised wind farm mitigation policy, which is expected later in the year and may unlock additional wind farm sites across the north east. 

United’s non-stop service is just Fabulous for Flournoy
United’s non-stop service is just Fabulous for Flournoy

06-06-16

Fabulous Flournoy is the latest passenger to take advantage of United Airlines’ direct service to New York/Newark from Newcastle.

The Newcastle Eagles head coach, who grew up in New York’s Bronx, was heading back stateside on a scouting mission to look at potential signings ahead of next season’s BBL Championship.

With United’s impressive route network allowing over 300 onward connections across the Americas from its Newark hub, Fab is looking to take advantage and add to the Eagles roster.

Speaking ahead of his flight from Newcastle, Flournoy, said: “"Theses flights are a major asset in connecting the North East with America.

“The United service will allow me to travel right across the US to take advantage of scouting and recruiting. It also means we could potentially trial players in Newcastle, with an international-service to and from America that is equivalent to a drive down south. This service is a game changer and one we will look to fully utilise to maximise our success for the upcoming season and the future.”

United recommenced its nonstop service on May 26th and thousands of holidaymakers and business travellers have already booked on the service, which is now running six days a week until September 6th.

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport, said: “The team here at Newcastle worked extremely hard to secure this route for the region.

“We are delighted to learn that United’s direct service to New York is helping a range of businesses across the region and passengers, including Fab, are making the most of United’s excellent route network to connect onto numerous further afield destinations.

Another Summer Scorcher for Newcastle from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays
Another Summer Scorcher for Newcastle from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

02-06-16

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have today launched a BRAND NEW destination from Newcastle Airport: Costa de Almeria (Spain), further expanding its BIGGEST EVER flights and holidays programme for summer 2017.

This is a new destination for leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist from Newcastle Airport, giving holidaymakers even more fantastic choice.  This brings the number of sunny hotspots to choose from next year to a whopping 29!

Spain’s stunning Costa de Almeria is perfect for families and couples alike with sweeping Blue Flag beaches and pretty white washed villages.  Customers can take their pick from the family friendly resort of Roquetas de Mar or the historic village of Mojacar for authentic Spanish charm.   

This exciting new addition to the summer programme comes on top of 190+ flights and more than 800,000 seats available for next year, announced by Jet2.com and Jet2holidays last month. 

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “Our biggest ever summer programme has just got even bigger with the addition of a brand new destination.  Costa de Almeria is our 14th Spanish destination and 7th in mainland Spain, giving people even more holiday choices to this popular country.  We’re very excited with this new destination and I’ve no doubt it will be very popular.”

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to see these latest additions to Jet2.com and Jet2holidays summer 17 programme from Newcastle.

“Costa de Almeria is a great addition, full of family attractions and beautiful Spanish towns filled with shops, tapas bars and top hotels. I am sure this new service will prove to be a popular choice with our passengers and increases our Spanish mainland destinations to seven in total.”

New destination information:

  • Costa de Almeria: weekly departures from 2nd May 2017 to 24th October 2017.   Jet2.com flights start at £46 per person, including taxes, with Jet2holidays package breaks available from £349 per person.

Jet2.com offers friendly low fares, award winning customer service, great flight times and a generous 22kg baggage allowance booked with 0% credit card fees.

 Jet2holidays offers great value package breaks booked with a low £60 per person deposit and 0% credit card fees.  Customers can take their pick from a range of 2-5 star hotels with award winning Jet2.com flights and an industry leading 22kg baggage allowance included.  Thousands of free child places are also available.

For further information visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com

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