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Footballers support airport's Great North Runners
Footballers support airport's Great North Runners

28-08-15

Air miles were swapped for running miles on Friday at Newcastle International Airport as staff members prepare for this year’s Great North Run.

The group were joined on the runway by Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett and former Sunderland captain Kevin Ball, as they attempt to raise funds for the Newcastle United Foundation and The Foundation of Light.

In December 2014 the airport announced a historic partnership with both football foundations becoming the airports adopted charity for 2015 and 2016.

Both charities work with children, young people and families across the North East using the power of football to educate, encourage and inform in a variety of areas including health, sport and teamwork.

Eric Wrightson, Car Parks Manager at Newcastle International Airport and preparing for his third Great North Run, said: “It’s important that staff working at the airport can participate in events such as these on behalf of our charities.

“Training has been challenging but it’s very encouraging when colleagues, business partners and passengers at the airport can support us in our efforts for such a great social occasion.”

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett added: “The Great North Run attracts thousands of participants every year all running for great causes.

“It’s fantastic to be able to come and help support those running from Newcastle International Airport in aid of both of the clubs charities.”

Former Sunderland captain and club ambassador Kevin Ball was full of praise for both charities and was on the airfield to give his support.

Ball said: “I admire anyone running the Great North Run and it’s such an important event for the North East.

“The Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation do a tremendous amount of work for under-privileged children in our region and its vital that we continue to support both clubs fundraising efforts.”

To support the team ahead of the Great North Run 2015 and make a donation visit the fundraising page by clicking here.

Flybe confirms Winter 2015/16 schedule

27-08-15

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has confirmed its 2015-16 winter programme from Newcastle featuring three routes namely to Belfast City and Exeter (both on Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun); and a three times a day service to Southampton, with an additional midday service added on Thursdays and Saturdays to accommodate Christmas and New Year travel. In total, customers have a choice of up to 54 convenient flights a week effective for travel between 25th October 2015 and 26th March, 2016.

One way fares are from £27.99 including taxes and charges.

The airline’s route to Stansted will be operated by its franchise partner, Loganair,

 

Flybe extend Newcastle to London Stansted service

13-08-15

Flybe has extended its Newcastle - Stansted route, with tickets now available to book for the Winter schedule which begins in late October.

The airline started the route in March of this year and it has proven to be extremely popular with passengers. 

Services will now be operated by Flybe’s franchise partner Loganair, which has just announced its winter schedule to begin on Monday, 26 October.

The airline will provide a daily weekday service departing Newcastle at 11:00 and arriving in the capital 75 minutes later at 12:15.

A return service departs London Stansted at 12:45 touching down in Newcastle at 14:00, with the centre of London only a short train journey away via the Stansted Express.

A 49-seat Embraer 145 Jet will operate the air-link with fares starting at £44.99. This will also include a free 20kg baggage allowance.

Roy Bogle, Loganair’s Director of Revenue and Scheduling, said: "We have a great partnership with Flybe, and we’re pleased to continue the Newcastle to London Stansted air-link.

"The short journey-time to Stansted combined with the added convenience of the Stansted Express rail service, will be extremely attractive to business travellers and customers considering a city break to the nation’s capital.

"We are pleased to launch services from Newcastle Airport and build on our relationship with London Stansted, after commencing operations from Dundee last year."

Speaking about the service, Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport said: "We are pleased that the Flybe service from Newcastle to London Stansted is now on sale for this winter and look forward to developing this service with Loganair.

"This is an important route for the region providing easy and quick access to Greater London, via excellent rail and coach links, and also to the area around Stansted which includes parts of Norfolk and Hertfordshire as well as all of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire."

Tickets for the route are now on sale at flybe.com.

Kids fly to London for free this summer

03-08-15

A summer trip to London with the kids has just been made a whole lot easier, thanks to British Airways, Newcastle Airport and London Heathrow.

From today British Airways is launching a ‘Kids Fly Free’ scheme from Newcastle Airport to London Heathrow, the gateway to the UK’s capital city. The initiative will run until 1 November 2015.

To help keep the costs down once they get there, there are plenty of free things for families to do including:

  • National History Museum
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Science Museum
  • Harry Potter’s Platform 9¾s at King’s Cross station
  • Princess Diana Memorial playground in Kensington Gardens
  • National Army Museum
  • Richmond Park
  • The South Bank
  • Highgate Wood

Andrew Crawley, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: "We know it can be a struggle to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays and long car journeys can be difficult. So what quicker, easier or cheaper way to see a bit more of the UK, than to jump on a British Airways flight where the kids travel for free?"

Leon McQuaid, Newcastle Airport's aviation development manager, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with British Airways and Heathrow Airport to be able to offer families this excellent 'kids go free' deal. We hope families can make the most of this opportunity and discover how easy and quick it is to explore the vast range of culture and entertainment across England when you fly to and from Newcastle International Airport."

Families wanting to stay the night are also being offered a BA Holidays package including flights and accommodation at a range of London hotels with prices from £82 per night.

The airline is also offering customers 20 per cent off Avis car hire when they book a flight and hotel together.

Book online at ba.com/kidsgofree.

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

03-07-15

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.

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