bmi regional, the UK’s most punctual scheduled airline, launched its new service from Newcastle International to Brussels on Monday 3 March, the only direct flight to link the two cities. The route is operated by a 49-seater Embraer jet aircraft twice daily Monday to Friday and on Sunday afternoons. The flights will offer business and leisure travellers the opportunity to reach the Belgian capital in just 75 minutes from £80 per person including taxes one way.
As the aircraft touched down at Newcastle International Airport, it was welcomed to the North East by a guard of honour water salute from the Airport Fire Service. bmi regional CEO Cathal O’Connell arrived on the first flight and was greeted by guests including MEP Martin Callanan and Professor Chris Day from Newcastle University.
bmi regional offers a full in-flight service including at-seat meals and full bar selection, in addition to 20kg of checked baggage per person and thirty minute check-in at both airports. The carrier was named Silver Airline of the Year at the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERA) awards in Austria last October.
“This is our first route from Newcastle International and we’re delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the North East of England to the Belgian capital,” said Cathal O’Connell, CEO at bmi regional. “Last year we launched over a dozen new routes from British airports and our new Newcastle to Brussels service opens up opportunities for those travelling for business and for pleasure.”
Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the launch of this new service and our partnership with bmi regional. Since it was first announced last year, the service has been welcomed by both leisure and business travellers in the North East.
“This is a vital European connection and will help regional businesses to prosper. It will also give leisure travellers the opportunity to sample Belgium and what it has to offer.”
Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Leader of the LA7 Shareholders, said: “The inaugural flight of bmi regional’s service to Brussels from Newcastle Airport is great news for the region.
“The connectivity provided by this route will help many regional businesses expand their reach to Belgium and beyond. Brussels is a popular hub with a variety of connections, which I’m sure will be welcomed by North East passengers.”
Martin Callanan, MEP, said: “I am delighted that bmi regional are starting their Newcastle to Brussels route as good air links in the region are vital for the business community here. I wish this additional service every success and look forward to using it myself regularly!"
Professor Chris Day, Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, said: “The new direct route is a great opportunity, not just for ourselves but for businesses and policy makers across the region. Here at Newcastle University, it will make it easier for us to collaborate with our colleagues in Europe, particularly as we approach new opportunities through the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation fund. Newcastle University is committed to tackling some of the greatest challenges facing society today particularity in the areas of aging, sustainability and social renewal and it will help us as we look to establish new research links with leading academics in these fields.”
Brussels is renowned for its Grand Place - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - and other architectural sights including the futuristic Atomium and traditional Flemish houses, in addition to its vibrant arts and food districts. Home to the Brussels Stock Exchange, the city serves as a centre of administration for the European Union and a gateway to other cities including Antwerp, Ghent and Maastricht.
The airline carried almost 500,000 customers in 2013, having become independent from BMI in June 2012, and has pursued a sustainable expansion strategy whilst retaining full in-flight service and the highest customer service standards.
Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, has today (Monday 24 February 2014) launched the Newcastle International Airport Business Park during a special visit to Newcastle Airport.
The minister launched the new development with Dave Laws, Newcastle International Airport Chief Executive and Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, the planning authority for the airport.
Significant areas of land are allocated to the south of the airport for the development, including offices, freight and logistics warehouses and engineering hangers. The project comprises four phases, which collectively have the potential to deliver over 7,000 jobs and a regional GVA of over £300 million.
Phase one of the development consists of 175,000 sq foot of office accommodation, with excellent connectivity links to a global network. It will consist of six new office buildings in attractive surroundings accommodating up to 1,000 people.
The Business Park is a collaboration between Newcastle International Airport and UK Land Estates, one of the leading property companies in the North East, and freeholders to the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead.
As part of the visit the Minister also visited the state-of-the-art Emirates Air Traffic Control Tower, Airport Fire Station and Fire Training Academy. The Minister also got to see the airport’s new Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system which supports the airport’s primary radar and helps the airport deliver Air Traffic Control services across the region’s airspace.
Speaking at the launch, Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: “Newcastle is a key UK airport and vital for the North East economy. This new business park offers an excellent opportunity for regional and international organisations. I applaud the bold ambitions of the Airport Company with this new venture and wish them every success”.
Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “The location of the Newcastle International Airport Business Park is ideal for businesses who will benefit from the excellent connectivity through the airport.
“The location is great not only for aviation related companies, but also professional services, technology and IT, telecommunications and oil and gas / offshore businesses, who can make use of the excellent connectivity on offer. This is a very important development for us and one which we feel will be very popular. Other successful regional airports have been able to diversify their business and we see this scheme as critical in supporting the growth of the airport.
“We are delighted to work with UK Land Estates and our shareholders on this project and the launch today is an exciting first step.”
Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and the LA7 shareholders, said “We feel that this new development will become an important new component of the region’s development portfolio. The connectivity on offer through the airport opens up many opportunities on a national and international scale and we very much look forward to welcoming organisations to the Newcastle International Airport Business Park.”
Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, said “The North East is a great place to live and work and Newcastle Airport provides an important gateway to new business opportunities across the globe. The creation of this new International Business Park at Newcastle Airport is a clear indication of our growing economic confidence and we look forward to welcoming new investors to our city and region - knowing they will benefit from a fantastic location and excellent air, road and rail connections.”
Knight Frank has been appointed as agents for the Business Park, and have started the process of marketing the opportunities.
The development is being overseen by a steering group comprising Newcastle International Airport, UK Land Estates, Newcastle City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the North Eastern LEP.
For more information visit www.newcastleairport.com/newcastle-international-airport-business-park
- Get a bigger bite with FOUR trips from Newcastle International Airport – double the number in 2013
- 3 and NEW 4-night package breaks from £815 per person and return flights from £419
- Experience the city that never sleeps for October Half Term!
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays today raised a giant cheer to launch their biggest ever choice of New York shopping breaks for winter 2014 – offering Newcastle customers a massive FOUR trips!
The significant expansion sees the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist:
- DOUBLE the number of New York flights and city breaks taking off from Newcastle International Airport.
- Add a NEW 4-night break option on top of the already successful 3-night trip, so people can spend even more time in the city that never sleeps.
- Offer a kid size nibble on the Big Apple with a family friendly October half term trip.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We are thrilled with the continued success and demand for our New York breaks direct from Newcastle International Airport, which has resulted in us growing our programme to give people the biggest choice ever! Doubling our number of flights means our loyal local customers have an even greater choice of direct services to the Big Apple this winter and can now really be a part of this spectacular city with an extra night’s stay.
“Whether choosing a package break or flight only option, our great value trips to New York are the perfect way to visit this iconic city without breaking the bank. Plus our earlier services mean visitors can enjoy a bigger bite of the apple by treating the kids for October half term. With so many options to choose from, I’d encourage people to book now so they don’t miss out on a magical holiday of a lifetime direct from their doorstep.”
Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted that Jet2.com has doubled the number of their pre-Christmas New York short breaks this year. Whether it’s shopping that takes your fancy, or the thrill of the Big Apple there’s plenty to do and see in the city that never sleeps. Halloween in the States is a big thing and the new half term flight offers a great opportunity for families to enjoy this American experience and also see a Broadway show. With these Jet2.com flights there’s no trick so, go on, treat yourself to a fantastic experience!”
Jet2.com and Jet2 Holidays previously announced a special Easter Break to New York. A limited number of tickets are still on sale.
Jet2holidays package breaks start from £815 per person, including a generous 22kg baggage allowance for all that shopping – they can be secured now for only a £60 deposit. Jet2.com flights are available from £419 per person including taxes. Departures are scheduled as follows:
- 28th October 2014 – 4-night break for October half term
- 20th November 2014 – 4-night break
- 4th December 2014 – 4-night break
- 11th December 2014 – 3-night break
Ryanair has announced that from Mon 17 Feb, passengers can book cheap flights from Newcastle to Dublin from just £19.99 in March and April as part of its ‘Mid-term Specials’ low fares promotion.
Ryanair is releasing 100,000 seats across its entire European network at prices starting from just £19.99 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed and Thur in March and April and these “all in” cheap flights will be available on over 1,000 of Ryanair’s European routes, but must be booked on the Ryanair.com website before midnight Thur 20 Feb.
Ryanair’s £19.99 sale fare includes all non-optional taxes, charges and fees, so passengers who travel with carry-on luggage only and decline our priority boarding service can book, check-in online and fly for this advertised £19.99 price, by booking one of these 100,000 ‘Mid-term Specials’ seats.
Ryanair’s Lisa Cashin said: “Only Ryanair sells Europe’s lowest fares with no fuel surcharges guaranteed, across over 1,600 routes, connecting 186 destinations, while delivering Europe’s No 1 customer service, with the most on-time flights, fewest cancellations and least mishandled bags.
From midnight 17 Feb, passengers can book 100,000 ‘Mid-term Special’ seats on over 1,000 European routes, including cheap flights from Newcastle to Dublin, at prices starting from just £19.99, for travel in March and April. These seats are only available until midnight (24:00hrs) Thursday (20 Feb) and at these mad prices are sure to be snapped up fast, so we urge passengers to book theses cheap flights on the Ryanair.com website before they sell out.”
bmi regional (www.bmiregional.com), the UK’s most punctual airline, is getting ready to take off ahead of the launch of its new jet service to Brussels, which starts on 3 March. The route, a welcome addition to Newcastle Airport’s list of destinations, will connect North East travellers to Belgium when it begins in five weeks’ time, with fares from just £76 per person one way.
Cathal O’Connell, CEO at bmi regional, said: “This is our first route from Newcastle International and we’re delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the North East of England to the Belgian capital.
“Brussels has so much to offer for leisure travellers such as a vibrant cultural offering and beautiful surroundings such as the Grand Place – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and traditional Flemish houses. As well as Brussels itself, travellers can make use of the excellent Belgian rail services running from Brussels Airport to reach Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp with ease.”
Dave Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “The new route is already proving popular with both leisure and business passengers. Belgium is an interesting country to visit with much to see and do. There is far more to Belgium than just delicious chocolate and great beers.”
As well as thousands of North East travellers heading to Belgium the service will also create a positive impact for the regional economy through inbound tourism.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive of destination management and marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said; “The growing number of airlines choosing Newcastle International Airport signals a real confidence both in the airport and the destination. bmi regional’s new Brussels flight is positive news for the tourism sector and the business community.
“NewcastleGateshead and the wider region remains an attractive destination for city break visitors and those interested in doing business here. bmi regional’s new double daily service will gather a lot of support from businesses here in the North East and in Belgium.
“It’s extremely encouraging to welcome a new airline and a brand new route that will continue growth in inbound tourism in NewcastleGateshead and the North East.”
bmi regional offers a full in-flight service including complimentary food and drinks onboard, in addition to 20kg of checked baggage per person and 30 minute check-in at both airports.
Thousands of passengers head off for the festive period
Tis’ the Season to be Jolly at Newcastle International Airport this Christmas as thousands of passengers travel on holiday to see friends and family for the festive period.
Around 100,000 passengers are expected to travel to or from Newcastle Airport between Friday 20th December and 1st January 2014 with between 800-900 flight movements during this time.
Welcome home gatherings can often be found in domestic and international arrivals throughout the holidays as thousands fly into the North East to enjoy time in the region with loved ones.
The airport is open all year round and has four departing flights this Christmas day – all staffed by air traffic controllers, handling agents, and operational airport teams such as security and the airport fire fighters.
Popular destinations during the festive season include Dubai, the Canary Islands, Dublin, Amsterdam, Sharm el Sheikh, mainland Spain and Geneva. Newcastle also sees an increase in skiers heading for the slopes around Christmas time.
Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are expecting a very busy festive season around 100,000 passengers using the airport. We have lots of flights in and out as families and friends make use of our services to travel across the globe. Some of our passengers are dashing off for some winter sun while others make use of our hub connections to make extra special visits over the holidays.
"Christmas has even come early this year with the announcement that Aer Lingus Regional will operate a Cork service from Newcastle from March 2014.
“As well as those travelling away we have thousands returning home to the North East for Christmas – our arrivals halls are vibrant and joyful 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 Happy New Year.”
The getaway comes as Newcastle Airport looks forward to 2014 with new services to Brussels, Gatwick, Cork, Fuerteventura and Madeira due to operate.
Biza Tax and Duty Free at Newcastle International Airport are gearing up for a busy peak shopping season as thousands of travellers make purchases ahead of the big day.
This Christmas the Duty Free store is expecting to sell: Over 1,000 Christmas fragrance gift sets, 1,500 Toblerone bars, 700 bottles of baileys, 500 bottles of Fizz and a whopping 2,200 bottles of Whiskey.
Gregg’s at Newcastle airport will sell around 1,500 mince pies this festive season.
Christmas can often mean passengers wish to travel with unusual items packed in luggage. Passengers are advised that the usual restrictions still apply to Christmas presents.
Wrapped Christmas presents packed in hand luggage must not contain any restricted items – even if it is unopened and beautifully packaged. If liquid items are under 100ml, they can travel in hand luggage but must be carried in a clear, resealable plastic bag.
All pyrotechnics or smoke-emitting devices, such as party poppers and Christmas crackers, are prohibited from all passenger baggage. For unusual items, it’s advised passengers contact their airline ahead of their journey to confirm restrictions.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today announced a new Cork route which will operate from Newcastle Airport from the end of March 2014.
The new route will operate four times a week, building on the success of the Newcastle-Dublin route which launched in October.
Aer Lingus Regional, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 10 per cent rise in its passenger numbers in 2013 compared to the previous year.
Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted with the news of this new Aer Lingus Regional service to Cork. Cork makes a fantastic base for exploring the whole of South and South-West Ireland. The city has a range of shops, museums and galleries plus numerous cultural festivals at various times through the year. Furthermore, within easy reach of the city there are many further attractions of interest to all ages. Who hasn’t wanted to obtain the “gift of the gab” through kissing the Blarney stone?
“These flights will also open up new business opportunities, especially given the oil and gas exploration which is taking place off the Irish coast. We will definitely see an increase in the number Irish tourists coming across to explore North East England.”
Commenting on the new Newcastle Cork route, Simon Fagan, Aer Arran’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Cork is the gateway to the South of Ireland, and is a hub of commerce. In recent years there has been considerable growing economic activity between the two cities, particularly in the energy sector. We are delighted to add it to our existing Newcastle Dublin route which has been operating twice daily since in October. The new Newcastle Cork route offering is ideal for business travellers and tourists alike.”
“Aer Lingus Regional has always been committed to providing its customers with easy, convenient regional connectivity and value for money. We will continue to service our customers on these expanded routes with the quality and affordability that they deserve”, added Mr. Fagan.
Newcastle International Airport and Aer Lingus Regional have hosted a very special Christmas flight made up of 31 children, their parents/guardians and doctors from Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.
The group from Dublin visited Newcastle Airport which was transformed into a magical Santa’s Grotto for the occasion, complete with Santa himself as well as Mrs Claus and Santa’s helpers.
Staff from the airport and airline were on hand to welcome the children to Newcastle following their very special festive flight. The children received goodie bags and presents from Santa and were treated to a magician, festive music, refreshments and even a carol service provided by the Airport Fire Service!
Janet Collins, General Manager Terminal Operations at Newcastle Airport, said: “Our staff and business partners have worked very hard to turn our departure gate into the Santa’s Grotto complete with Christmas trees and a giant polar bear.
“We’re pleased to bring the North Pole to Newcastle this Christmas for the benefit of this very special group. A huge thank you to airport staff for their support and to our partners Lintzford Garden Centre, Dobbies Garden Centre, Boots, SSP, Greggs, Dixons and Swissport.”
Aer Arran, said: “Aer Arann is delighted to facilitate this magical trip for the children of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The ‘Santa Flight’ is a source of great joy for the children, parents, medical personnel and Aer Arann staff. Aer Arann has always been very proud of its association with Crumlin Hospital because of the stellar work they do, particularly at this time of year.”
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, launched their new twice daily service to Dublin from Newcastle in October this year. The route will facilitate many Newcastle-based passengers flying to the US by connecting them to Aer Lingus mainline services to major North American cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto through Dublin.
Passengers can complete security and customs pre-clearance on all of these North American routes from Dublin.
Golden Wedding anniversary couple upgraded on route to New Zealand
Newcastle, UK –12th December 2013 - Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, is today celebrating its one millionth passenger to fly from Newcastle Airport to Dubai since the airline first launched its daily long-haul daily services back in September 2007.
To celebrate the special occasion, Emirates surprised a lucky couple, Sheila and Peter Laverick with an upgrade to Business Class to Dubai. Sheila and Peter Laverick were met at the check-in and presented with champagne and a cake.
To add to the occasion, Mr & Mrs Laverick also revealed they had milestones of their own: they are flying to New Zealand, via Sydney where they will be spending Christmas with their daughter, son-in-law and grandson to celebrate the couple’s forthcoming Golden Wedding anniversary and Mrs Laverick’s 70th birthday next year.
“We wanted to do something really special to celebrate our 50 years of marriage” said Sheila Laverick, before joking: “and the fact that surprisingly, we still love each other after all these years.
“Being offered the opportunity to travel in style, in Emirates Business Class to Dubai is such a lovely addition and will certainly help to make this a very special trip”.
Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President UK, commented: “We wanted to do something special to mark our millionth passenger out of Newcastle, so it was heart-warming that this couple were celebrating special milestones of their own. We’d like to pass on our best wishes to Mr and Mrs Laverick as they fly Emirates to Sydney today as part of their celebrations of their Golden Wedding anniversary and Mrs Laverick’s 70th.
“The fact we have reached one million passengers out of Newcastle is an indication of our commitment to Newcastle and the North East and the amazing popularity of our service, which was upgraded to a Boeing 777-300ER only last year. This is the longest aircraft to operate out of Newcastle airport, and represented a capacity increase of more than 50 per cent.
“We are the only long-haul, scheduled airline to fly daily from Newcastle to Dubai and beyond, allowing our North Eastern passengers to experience long-haul travel from Newcastle, rather than having to change in London or a continental European hub.
“Our commitment to the North East includes Emirates’ sponsorship of Durham County Cricket Club and the recent upgrade of our daily flight to Dubai to a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, due to passenger demand.”
Dave Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, commented: “We are delighted to have reached the millionth passenger milestone with Emirates. The route is more popular than ever with north east travellers who benefit from the excellent connections on offer and high quality service. Passengers have been travelling across the globe to exciting destinations such as Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, India, South Africa, Maldives and Mauritius.
“Alongside its popularity with passengers the Emirates service offers significant benefits to the regional economy. In 2013 the service transported North East exports with a value of over £250 million worldwide. The route is utilised by holidaymakers and business travellers to travel across the globe – 75% of passengers are travelling onwards to South East Asia and the Southwest Pacific (Australasia).”
Jet2.com is cementing its position as the North East’s biggest airline with the launch of TWO new sun-drenched destinations for summer 2014 from Newcastle Airport – Fuerteventura and Madeira.
On sale today, the addition of these popular European hotspots takes the total number of destinations now available from the region to 30, giving local customers the biggest ever choice when it comes to planning their 2014 getaway.
Weekly Jet2.com flights to the Canary Island favourite, Fuerteventura, will start operating in June 2014 while flights to the pretty Portuguese island of Madeira will begin in July – both perfectly timed for when school is out next summer. Prices start from £75 per person including taxes plus great value Jet2holidays breaks are also available from £429 per person, secured for only a £60 deposit.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “The addition of these two holiday hotspots from Newcastle Airport further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing an unrivalled selection of great value flights and holidays for our loyal customers in the region.
“With Jet2.com and Jet2holidays people can now take their pick from the four top Canary Islands for their 2014 holidays; Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and now Fuerteventura. While the ‘floating garden’ of Madeira is growing an increasingly popular destination for travellers. Both have plenty to offer to suit all holiday types and budgets and we are confident they will prove very successful as many already start to plan ahead and book next year’s break.”
Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle Airport, added: "The announcement of these two new destinations is great news for the travelling public of the North East. Fuerteventura and Madeira are fantastic places and we’re delighted to offer our customers even more choice. The new routes will let holidaymakers secure some guaranteed sunshine for their 2014 summer break and are a great addition to Jet2.com's and Jet2holidays’ range of destinations at Newcastle Airport.”
Fuerteventura and Madeira flight-only and package holiday information:
- Fuerteventura – flights operate between 24th June 2014 and 21st October 2014 and prices start from £79 per person, including taxes. Package breaks are available from £429 per person.
- Madeira – flights operate between 4th July 2014 and 31st October 2014 and prices start from £75 per person, including taxes. Package breaks are available from £479 per person.