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easyJet celebrates flying one million passengers between Newcastle International and Barcelona
easyJet celebrates flying one million passengers between Newcastle International and Barcelona

08-07-15

easyJet, Newcastle’s largest and Europe’s leading airline, is today celebrating carrying one million passengers between Newcastle International Airport and Barcelona.

The airline celebrated by giving a lucky couple, Michael Shipley and Katherine Brennan from Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham, two free flights to anywhere on the easyJet network from Newcastle. The couple, who have recently got engaged and are planning their wedding in the city, were travelling today to meet their wedding planner.

Since introducing its first flight to Barcelona from Newcastle just over 12 years ago easyJet has transported one million travellers to the popular European city. The airline flies to Barcelona up to five times a week with prices starting from just £24.24 per person*.

Barcelona is renowned for its vibrant and unique atmosphere, encompassing both modern Spanish culture and the traditional medieval history present in many of its streets and buildings. Home to some of architect Antoni Gaudi’s most magnificent works, such as the La Pedrera and the awe-inspiring La Sagrada Familia Church, travellers can wander round taking in the sights and admiring the distinctive style of his architecture.

For those who want to relax in the sun, Barcelona’s sandy beach is a mere 10 minute walk from the city’s vibrant main strip, La Rambla, which boasts a wealth of restaurants, shops and street entertainers. Barcelona is also famous for its culinary delights – from fresh seafood paella to traditional Spanish tapas and high-quality meats.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said:“We’re really excited to be celebrating flying one million people between Newcastle and Barcelona today. Congratulations to our millionth passenger Michael Shipley and his fiancée Katherine who were given some free flights on us to celebrate this milestone!

"We have come a long way since launching the first flight to the Spanish city 12 years ago. Newcastle is an important market for easyJet and with routes to 15 sun, city and ski destinations, there is certainly something for everyone.”

Leon McQuaid, Newcastle International Airport’s Aviation Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to celebrate one million passengers on Barcelona and congratulations to the lucky couple who we look forward to seeing back at Newcastle International Airport for their free flights.

“Spain is very popular from Newcastle Airport and it is great to have services to Barcelona. We look forward to seeing many more passengers travelling to this exciting city.”

Passengers Michael Shipley and Katherine Brennan commented: “This is such a surprise and a great start to our trip! Barcelona is one of our favourite cities and the flights easyJet have given us will definitely come in use for our wedding plans or honeymoon!”

Last chance for fans to book and get Stateside with United Airlines
Last chance for fans to book and get Stateside with United Airlines

North East football legends were at Newcastle International Airport on Friday to tell supporters how they can follow the region’s clubs on their summer tours of North America.

Newcastle United’s Fairs Cup winning captain Bob Moncur was joined by Sunderland AFC’s 1973 FA Cup Final hero Jim Montgomery, just days before the squads jet off to the US. Both clubs will be playing a series of warm up matches, with the Magpies visiting Milwaukee, Sacramento and Portland and Sunderland playing in Sacramento and Toronto.

For the first time football fans will be able follow their club’s pre-season schedule using the new United Airlines service to New York direct from Newcastle. Once in the Big Apple fans can connect on to 300 destinations across the Americas, including the cities in which both sides are playing.

Moncur, who was recently appointed to the board at Newcastle United, said: “It’s great for the region that you can now fly direct to North America from Newcastle. The timing couldn’t be better for Newcastle and Sunderland fans too, who will now have the opportunity to see their teams in action and maybe also enjoy a summer holiday while they’re over in the US.”

Montgomery added: “The North East’s football fans are some of the most passionate in the game. This service will give them the opportunity to show those who follow the sport in America that world famous support.”

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Both sets of fans will always follow their clubs around the world. Our flights to Newark are conveniently timed for connections right across the Americas, meaning fans won’t have to miss any of the action.”

Supporters who want to book their flights can do so today by going to www.united.com or through a high street travel agent.

Official launch of World Duty Free's new walk through store in Newcastle Airport
Official launch of World Duty Free's new walk through store in Newcastle Airport

01-07-2015

World Duty Free Group’s (WDFG) re-developed store at Newcastle Airport was officially launched today and brings a vibrant new airport shopping experience to passengers.  The global travel retailer worked in close partnership with Newcastle Airport, to relocate and redesign its retail space and create an inspiring store for the many different travellers that use the airport each and every day.

Commenting on the new store development, Fred Creighton, Director of Retail Operations – UK at WDFG says, “We enjoyed working in close partnership with the airport team to create this superb walk through store, which began trading on 1st May.  The new store brings many exciting new brands to Newcastle and takes the airport shopping experience to a whole new level”.

With a larger footprint of 1580m² the new store is considerably larger than the original 1,000m² store it replaces.   The additional space has enabled a more extensive product range to be introduced, most notably in the beauty, liquor and luxury categories.

The liquor area features a new World of Whiskies area, which showcases over 300 different whiskies, including some that are entirely exclusive to World of Whiskies.  Aimed at both the whisky connoisseur and the novice alike, the store offers an extended range of whiskies including rare and vintage expressions and will bring the excitement of events such as the annual Whisky Festival to the Newcastle passenger profile.

Adjacent to the liquor area is WDFG’s Contentainment™ space, which has been introduced for the first time into Newcastle. With its prominent location, this innovative marketing concept with its multi screen digital feature wall, blends state of the art technology with product sampling and engaging events, to draw customers into the store and give them an exciting and ever changing in-store experience.

There is a strong demand for cosmetics, skincare and fragrance from Newcastle’s style conscious shoppers, so beauty commands the largest space allocation in the store and many new brands have been introduced including bareMinerals, Elemis, Rituals and Smashbox.  Fragrances are showcased to better effect with increased wall bay space and event spaces have been incorporated into this area, to enable brand partners to stage impactful events and promotional activities.

Luxury is another key category for the store and boasts a greatly extended sunglasses area with a space increase of 71% and a total of 1200 facings.  35 brands are represented and new introductions which will delight the style conscious shoppers include Chloe, Miu Miu, Versace, DKNY, CK, Polo, Lacoste, Carrera, Nike and Marc by Marc Jacobs.  Watches are another popular airport purchase and new brands featured in store include Hugo Boss, Skagen, Diesel, Guess, Superdry and Michael Kors.

World Duty Free Group’s (WDFG) re-developed store at Newcastle Airport was officially launched today and brings a vibrant new airport shopping experience to passengers.  The global travel retailer worked in close partnership with Newcastle Airport, to relocate and redesign its retail space and create an inspiring store for the many different travellers that use the airport each and every day.
Commenting on the new store development, Fred Creighton, Director of Retail Operations – UK at WDFG says, “We enjoyed working in close partnership with the airport team to create this superb walk through store, which began trading on 1st May.  The new store brings many exciting new brands to Newcastle and takes the airport shopping experience to a whole new level”.
With a larger footprint of 1580m² the new store is considerably larger than the original 1,000m² store it replaces.   The additional space has enabled a more extensive product range to be introduced, most notably in the beauty, liquor and luxury categories.
The liquor area features a new World of Whiskies area, which showcases over 300 different whiskies, including some that are entirely exclusive to World of Whiskies.  Aimed at both the whisky connoisseur and the novice alike, the store offers an extended range of whiskies including rare and vintage expressions and will bring the excitement of events such as the annual Whisky Festival to the Newcastle passenger profile.
Adjacent to the liquor area is WDFG’s Contentainment™ space, which has been introduced for the first time into Newcastle. With its prominent location, this innovative marketing concept with its multi screen digital feature wall, blends state of the art technology with product sampling and engaging events, to draw customers into the store and give them an exciting and ever changing in-store experience.
There is a strong demand for cosmetics, skincare and fragrance from Newcastle’s style conscious shoppers, so beauty commands the largest space allocation in the store and many new brands have been introduced including bareMinerals, Elemis, Rituals and Smashbox.  Fragrances are showcased to better effect with increased wall bay space and event spaces have been incorporated into this area, to enable brand partners to stage impactful events and promotional activities.
Luxury is another key category for the store and boasts a greatly extended sunglasses area with a space increase of 71% and a total of 1200 facings.  35 brands are represented and new introductions which will delight the style conscious shoppers include Chloe, Miu Miu, Versace, DKNY, CK, Polo, Lacoste, Carrera, Nike and Marc by Marc Jacobs.  Watches are another popular airport purchase and new brands featured in store include Hugo Boss, Skagen, Diesel, Guess, Superdry and Michael Kors.

Newcastle International Airport welcomes Airports Commission report

01-07-15

Newcastle International Airport Ltd has today welcomed the recommendation by the Airports Commission that a third runway should be built at Heathrow. The Airport, its shareholders and other regional partners, has for many years campaigned in favour of expanding the UK’s global hub airport. The Airport now calls upon the Government to make a quick decision in favour of Heathrow and to put in place the steps needed to deliver this crucial project.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We have had great faith in the process undertaken by Sir Howard Davies and his colleagues on the Airports Commission.

“We are very pleased that the Commission has made what we consider to be the right recommendation. Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport, and is one of the most important hubs in the world, but it is full.

“The North East currently enjoys good connectivity into Heathrow with up to seven British Airways services a day, delivering 500,000 passengers from the North East. By constructing a third runway, and providing additional capacity, these services can be safeguarded, but can in the future also connect to a much wider range of global destinations.

“We urge the Government to agree to the recommendations of this Commission at the earliest opportunity, and set about the process of delivering this globally important scheme.

“There will be local political opposition to the third runway, but this must be overcome, as the building of the runway will be in the national interest.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, and Lead for the LA7 Shareholders, said: “The future success of the North East economy is dependent upon our region having good connectivity.

“In recent years we have secured services to key global hubs, including Dubai and New York, to compliment the likes of Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels. 

“In terms of passenger numbers, however, Heathrow remains our largest hub connection. I welcome the fact that in recommending the expansion of Heathrow, the Airports Commission has recognised its importance to regions such as the North East.

“The Local Authorities will now work with the team at the airport, and other regional stakeholders to encourage the Government to back this recommendation and move ahead with the new runway.”

Paul Woolston, Chair of the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “The Strategic Economic Plan for the North East is aimed at delivering more and better jobs.

“This can only be achieved and is supported by better transport networks, connecting the North East to that national and international economy.

“The expansion of Heathrow would help safeguard both our national and international connections, ensuring north eastern businesses are able to continue to benefit from the connections currently available.

“Moreover, businesses would eventually be able to exploit the opportunity provided by an expanded range of routes to growth markets that the new runway would open up.

“We are keen to see the government now commit to the delivery of a third runway at Heathrow, with connectivity for regions like the North East at the heart of this decision.”

Newcastle International Airport Ltd has today welcomed the recommendation by the Airports Commission that a third runway should be built at Heathrow. The Airport, its shareholders and other regional partners, has for many years campaigned in favour of expanding the UK’s global hub airport. The Airport now calls upon the Government to make a quick decision in favour of Heathrow and to put in place the steps needed to deliver this crucial project.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We have had great faith in the process undertaken by Sir Howard Davies and his colleagues on the Airports Commission.

“We are very pleased that the Commission has made what we consider to be the right recommendation. Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport, and is one of the most important hubs in the world, but it is full.

“The North East currently enjoys good connectivity into Heathrow with up to seven British Airways services a day, delivering 500,000 passengers from the North East. By constructing a third runway, and providing additional capacity, these services can be safeguarded, but can in the future also connect to a much wider range of global destinations.

“We urge the Government to agree to the recommendations of this Commission at the earliest opportunity, and set about the process of delivering this globally important scheme.

“There will be local political opposition to the third runway, but this must be overcome, as the building of the runway will be in the national interest.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, and Lead for the LA7 Shareholders, said: “The future success of the North East economy is dependent upon our region having good connectivity.

“In recent years we have secured services to key global hubs, including Dubai and New York, to compliment the likes of Amsterdam, Paris and Brussels.

“In terms of passenger numbers, however, Heathrow remains our largest hub connection. I welcome the fact that in recommending the expansion of Heathrow, the Airports Commission has recognised its importance to regions such as the North East.

“The Local Authorities will now work with the team at the airport, and other regional stakeholders to encourage the Government to back this recommendation and move ahead with the new runway.”

Paul Woolston, Chair of the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “The Strategic Economic Plan for the North East is aimed at delivering more and better jobs.

“This can only be achieved and is supported by better transport networks, connecting the North East to that national and international economy.

“The expansion of Heathrow would help safeguard both our national and international connections, ensuring north eastern businesses are able to continue to benefit from the connections currently available.

“Moreover, businesses would eventually be able to exploit the opportunity provided by an expanded range of routes to growth markets that the new runway would open up.

“We are keen to see the government now commit to the delivery of a third runway at Heathrow, with connectivity for regions like the North East at the heart of this decision.”

Newcastle International Airport welcomes two new directors
Newcastle International Airport welcomes two new directors

15-06-15

Newcastle International Airport Ltd is pleased to announce two additions to its senior management team.

Nick Jones joins as Finance Director on 15 June. This is an executive, board level appointment, and Nick brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous role as Chief Financial Officer at Aesica Pharmaceuticals, and before that PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Nick replaces departing director Simon Fisher, who has left to take up the role of Finance Director at Banks Group.

John Irving joins as Business Development Director, also on 15 June. John joins the airport from Newcastle United Football Club where he held the post of Finance Director for seven years, and before that Proctor and Gamble.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “These appointments have been made at an important time in the development of the airport.

“Passenger numbers are growing, and the business is performing strongly, making Newcastle International one of the most successful regional airports in the UK.

“The Airport has won a number of awards for customer service and we have almost completed a £14M transformation of the departure lounge.

“Now is the right time to strengthen and diversify our senior team. I have worked closely with Simon Fisher over a number of years and I would like to thank Simon for the fantastic contribution he has made to the business.

“In Nick Jones we have secured the right person to fill this important role and ensure that we take the business even further forward.

“The creation of a new Business Development Director role is a signal of our intention to continue to expand the business, and diversify further. John Irving has an excellent track record at the football club and I am confident he will be a strong addition to the team.”

Nick Jones, Finance Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “The airport is one of the North East’s key assets and I can’t wait to join the team that is driving it forward.

“I hope that my experience and expertise will allow me to build on the successes of my predecessor, Simon Fisher, and help the airport business reach even higher levels of performance.”

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘I am delighted to join Newcastle International Airport at such a key stage in its growth strategy.

“I feel that my previous experience, combined with my passion for the region, will help further the goals of the airport and its already very successful team. The airport is a major North East success story and I am extremely excited for the future that lies ahead.”

Spanish Surprise from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

04-06-2015

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are already expanding their biggest ever summer 2016 programme with the launch today of their brand NEW destination from Newcastle Airport, Girona (Costa Brava).

The addition of this popular summer holiday getaway means people in the North East now have even more Spanish hotspots to choose from for their sunshine break next year, and 35 destinations overall.

With Girona, holidaymakers can take their pick from some of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava including Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.  Flights begin operating in May 2016.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said:  “We promised next summer is going to be our biggest one yet.   We’re now making it even bigger with the launch of this popular Costa Brava destination from Newcastle Airport. Our Spanish routes are some of the most popular so we’re thrilled to be further expanding these with Girona, giving our customers even more new and exciting places to visit. 

“This new addition shows our ongoing commitment in giving people the best choice of holiday spots direct from their local airport.  I’m confident it will be extremely popular for us next year and beyond.”    

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport said: “Spain is a very popular destination from the North East.  I am sure holidaymakers will welcome this new Jet2.com and Jet2holidays service, making it much easier to get from Newcastle to rest and relax on the golden Costa Brava beaches next summer.”

New destination information

Twice weekly departures run from 20 May to 19 September 2016. Jet2.com flights start at £45 per person, including taxes, with Jet2holidays package holidays available from £319 per person. 

For more information or to book visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com.

easyJet give Newcastle International passengers ‘cool’ start to their holidays with launch of Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes
easyJet give Newcastle International passengers ‘cool’ start to their holidays with launch of Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes

02-06-2015

easyJet, Newcastle’s largest and Europe’s leading airline, is today celebrating the launch of three new routes this week from Newcastle International Airport to Split in Croatia (2 June), and the Greek islands of Rhodes (4 June) and Corfu (7 June).

The airline handed out ice creams and beach bags to passengers travelling on its inaugural flight from Newcastle to Split this morning, helping to get their summer holidays off to a flying start.

With the help of the ice cream parlour at Vallum – a local artisan food hub on Hadrian’s Wall - easyJet passengers enjoyed a choice of gelato flavours, including a Greek-style Lemon meringue, classic vanilla and summery raspberry ripple.

More than 20,000 passengers are expected to fly in and out of Newcastle on the three new Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes from June to October this year alone.

Jennifer Groves, easyJet’s UK Regions Route Manager, said:

“It has been fantastic to mark easyJet’s new routes by meeting our first passengers flying to Split today. We hope they enjoyed this morning’s events and are confident they will love all that the Croatian city has to offer. 

“easyJet provides a great variety of destinations from the North-East with 15 exciting beach, city and ski destinations for customers to choose from. With easy and affordable service there really is something for everyone.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, commented:

“We welcome these new easyJet routes which will make it easier for North East holidaymakers to reach Greece and Croatia this summer.

“Rhodes and Corfu are long time favourites from this airport while Split offers the prospect of beach holidays as well as the opportunity for three and four night short breaks in and around this interesting city.”

The trio of routes are on sale now at www.easyjet.com, giving holidaymakers and business passengers in the North East access to a range of exciting and affordable destinations.  

  • Newcastle to Split, Croatia is a summer service flying on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Fares start from £24.24 one-way*
  • Newcastle to Rhodes, Greece is a summer service flying on Thursdays. Fares start from £28.24 one-way*
  • Newcastle to Corfu, Greece is a summer service flying on Sundays. Fares start from £24.24 one-way*

*Prices are per person, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.

United Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights From Newcastle to New York
United Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights From Newcastle to New York

23-05-2015

United Airlines today launched nonstop service between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport.  The flights will operate five times weekly until Sep. 7, 2015 (westbound).  It is the first-ever scheduled nonstop service to the U.S.A. from North East England.

“We’re delighted to offer the people of the North East convenient, nonstop flights to the United States for the first time,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales – U.K. and Ireland.  “This new service connects Newcastle not only with New York City but also with hundreds of other destinations throughout the Americas via United’s Newark Liberty hub, giving our customers a huge range of travel options.”

Bob Schumacher and David Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, were joined by Councillor Ian Graham, Sheriff of the City of Newcastle, and Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Newcastle International Airport today to inaugurate the service.

Commenting on the inaugural, David Laws said:  “This is a very proud moment.  Today’s inaugural flight to New York is the culmination of many years of work by the team at Newcastle Airport.  We have listened to what businesses and people across the region want and then worked incredibly hard to deliver this for them.  United Airlines is a major global operator and, through its Newark hub, provides a very wide range of onward connections.  I have said before that this has the potential to be a game changing route, and a significant milestone for both the Airport and the region. This morning the service gets off to a great start, and I am very hopeful that this success will continue so that we welcome the route back in 2016.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, commented: “The inaugural Newcastle to Newark flight is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Airport’s team and shareholders in opening up new markets for our leisure and business customers.  The route marks an important milestone for the North East and will further enhance regional connectivity, grow the regional economy, attract inward investment and encourage inbound tourism from North America.”

Malcolm added:  “We are working with Visit Britain and Visit England to promote the region to a new audience.  The new route shows the confidence that international business has in our region; now is the time for the public and private sector in the North East to work together and seize this fantastic opportunity.”

Flight Schedule

United is operating the flights with Boeing 757-200 aircraft featuring a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and 153 seats in Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

Flight UA159 departs Newcastle daily except Wednesday and Thursday at 9:10 a.m., arriving at New York/Newark at 12:00 p.m. the same day.  The return flight, UA160, departs New York/Newark daily except Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:20 p.m., arriving in Newcastle at 7:30 a.m. the following day (all times local).  Flight times are seven hours 50 minutes westbound and seven hours 10 minutes eastbound.

The Newcastle flights are conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark with an extensive network of services to destinations throughout the Americas.  From New York/Newark, United operates flights to more than 300 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 served nonstop.

United operates the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty International Airport.  Located just 16 miles from downtown Manhattan, the airport offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, with a journey time of less than 30 minutes.

Onboard Products and Services

United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service.  The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 6-foot, 4-inch lie-flat bed and features a personal on-demand entertainment system with a 15.4-inch touch-screen monitor.  BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports, noise-reduction headsets, amenity kits featuring Philosophy-brand skin-care products, duvet-style blankets and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.

United Economy features complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment.  Seats feature an adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.  Effective June 1, United will introduce an all-new, high-quality inflight dining experience in Economy on trans-Atlantic flights, including complimentary beer and wine.

United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom.  Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane upon arrival. 

United offers nonstop trans-Atlantic service from more U.K. cities than any other airline.

From London/Heathrow, United operates up to 17 flights per day to six of its U.S. hubs: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C./Dulles. 

In addition, the airline offers nonstop service from Manchester to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Washington/Dulles, from Edinburgh to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Chicago, and from Belfast, Birmingham and Glasgow to New York/Newark.

For more information and to book flights visit united.com or call 0845 6076760.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays Summer 2016 Scorcher
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays Summer 2016 Scorcher

21-05-2015

Following another record year, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have today launched their BIGGEST EVER flights and holidays programme for summer 2016 from Newcastle International Airport, with a whopping 29 exciting destinations across the Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Canary Islands plus top European cities.

This bumper summer programme gives people even more opportunities to jetaway on a great value break with the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist.  More than 750,000 seats will be available next year, a 12 per cent increase, with MORE FLIGHTS to Alicante, Crete, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Majorca, Reus, Rhodes and Zante.

To meet this increased capacity a SEVENTH AIRCRAFT will be based at Newcastle next year plus an upgrade to a larger aircraft means MORE SEATS on top routes Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Menorca.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “This is going to be our biggest season ever.  We know what our loyal customers want; more opportunities to go on holiday to their favourite destinations.  This is why we are adding a seventh aircraft plus increasing capacity and flights to our most popular leisure routes from Newcastle International Airport. 

“It’s our best programme yet and we’re thrilled that even more people will be able to experience our great value holidays and award winning flights.  Roll on next year!”

Jet2.com flights are available from £41 one way, including taxes.  Jet2holidays breaks are available from £329, all secured with a low £60 deposit.  For further information visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com

Charter season underway!

01-05-2015

The Summer 15 charter season is underway at Newcastle International Airport as airlines and tour operators begin their busy summer schedules.

Nearly 3 million passengers will pass through the airport between May and October this year with approximately 850,000 passengers travelling on charter services to popular holiday destinations.

The summer season at Newcastle begins on May 1st and will see over 100 charter flights a week fly off to a range of sunny holiday destinations. This is in addition to the existing scheduled and low cost routes planned to operate this summer. 

The start of the charter season also ties in with the busy Bank Holiday period. The airport is expecting over 25,000 departing passengers between Friday 1 May and Monday 4 May.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle Airport, said: “Holidaymakers will be jetting off to exciting holiday destinations such as Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Malta, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the USA and Caribbean from the UK’s fifth largest charter airport.

“Our tour operator partners including Thomson, Thomas Cook, Jewel in the Crown, Just Sunshine, Olympic, Balkan Holidays, Red Sea Holidays and Belleair offer a wide range of destinations from Newcastle which we know are very popular with our passengers. 

“Travellers dream about their summer holidays and we know that people spend a lot of time saving for and planning these special trips.  This year, they can also enjoy a number of new bars, restaurants and shops which have opened as part of our £14 million departure lounge development. We’re delighted to be part of so many wonderful journeys each summer.”

This summer will see the launch of a number of new services. On 23 May United Airlines launches a new non-stop route to New York / Newark which will operate five times weekly. The route will operate from 23 May until 7 September and is on sale now. The route opens up travel across the US and Canada with over 300 connections available with United from Newark.

In addition, easyJet will launch new sunshine destinations of Split in Croatia, and the Greek islands of Corfu and Rhodes. Thomsons will begin to operate to Dubrovnik on 7 May, Thomas Cook launch Hurghada and Santorini this summer and Jet2 will begin to fly to Antalya, Larnaca, Malta, Zante and Enfidha (Tunisia) from Newcastle.

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