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More Bites of the Big Apple from Newcastle with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks
More Bites of the Big Apple from Newcastle with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks

On the back of a season of phenomenal demand with sell out New York trips from Newcastle Airport, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks are going big again in Winter 17, offering six sensational trips direct to the Big Apple from the airport.

All breaks are for four nights and in addition to great shopping opportunities, including trips for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, all flights are perfectly timed with the award-winning Jet2.com, the only UK airline to be recognised by Which? as a ‘Recommended Provider’.

There are holidays for sale across a range of iconic 3-5 star hotels in great New York locations. The full New York programme for winter 2017 departures are scheduled as follows:

Thanksgiving & Black Friday:
• Newcastle: 23rd November

October Half Term:
• Newcastle: 21st October

Shopping Trips & Winter in New York:
• Newcastle: 17th November, 1st December, 8th December, 14th December

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks said: “Our New York trips have enjoyed phenomenal demand from Newcastle Airport this winter, with sell out trips and load factors exceeding all expectations. It’s clear how much our customers in the North East love our New York breaks and with Thanksgiving, Half Term and Christmas shopping covered, this programme offers something very special for everyone!

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport: “We are delighted to see the return of these popular flights with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks for Winter17.

“New York is a favoured destination of the North East travelling public and with six dates to choose from, starting October half term through to mid-December, there’s now even more choice from Newcastle Airport to this fantastic city.”

Packages with Jet2CityBreaks start from £789* per person, and they can be secured now for only £60pp deposit. Jet2.com flight only options are also available from £419* per person, including taxes.

For more information, visit jet2holidays.com.

Flying High in 2016
Flying High in 2016

Newcastle International Airport continues to fly high with confirmation that over 4.8m passengers travelled through in 2016.

With an increase of 6% compared to 2015, over 250,000 more passengers used the airport last year, which has now seen six years of positive year on year growth.

August was the busiest month for the region’s biggest airport, with almost 600,000 passengers passing through the terminal, the highest number since 2007.

The airport recorded its strongest December in over 10 years, with more than 300,000 passengers travelling in the final month of 2016.

The airport’s daily Emirates service to Dubai celebrated record numbers in August. The route, set to celebrate ten years of operation in 2017, carried 22,745 passengers in August from Newcastle and its Dubai hub.

Alicante was the favoured holiday destination for the North East travelling public, with 341,298 people travelling to the Costa Blanca.

These latest figures come less than a week after the airport was announced as the most punctual small airport in the world following the release of OAG’s 2016 Punctuality League, with over 90% of flights both leaving and arriving on time.

With over 41,000 scheduled flights from the airport last year, the most punctual route was to Dublin, with an on-time score of 99.85%. The airport also introduced a number of new flight routes in 2016 including services to Berlin, Cancun and three Polish destinations to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw. The airport further strengthened its range of city destinations on offer, with the announcement of flights to Madrid set to commence in March 2017.

The airport, which serves more than 80 direct destinations and connects across the globe via its hub connections, was one of only three UK airports from around the world that achieved an on-time performance rating of over 90% in 2016.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “2016 was a fantastic year with some amazing achievements. We have seen a number of record breaking months at the airport and to have now seen six years of positive year on year growth is a great accomplishment. We have worked very hard to build a route network that offers a wide variety of choice to suit the needs of all our passengers. With even more choice available from Newcastle for a number of years, 2017 is set to be a special year for the airport as we expect to surpass 5 million passengers.”

Newcastle named the world's most punctual small airport

Following the release of OAG’s 2016 Punctuality League, Newcastle International Airport has today been announced as the most punctual small airport in the world, with over 90% of flights both leaving and arriving on time.

With over 41,000 scheduled flights from Newcastle International Airport last year, the most punctual route was to Dublin, with an on-time score of 99.85%. The Airport also introduced a number of new flight routes in 2016 including services to Berlin, Cancun and three Polish destinations to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw.

The Airport, which serves more than 80 direct destinations and connects across the globe via its hub connections, was one of only three UK airports from around the world that achieved an on-time performance rating of over 90% in 2016.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted by this result which is a real testament to the hard work of all of our staff.

“Our goal is to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and to be one of only three UK airports from around the world to achieve an on-time performance rating of over 90% is a fantastic achievement.

“We have built a strong route network here at Newcastle International and pride ourselves on being the international gateway to and from the North East. We shall use this latest recognition to ensure the Airport becomes even bigger and better in 2017.”

John Grant, Senior Analyst at OAG, said: “It’s great to see Newcastle perform so well in 2016 and demonstrate the importance of punctuality to both travellers and airlines. OAG's data shows that Newcastle Airport were clear winners in their category and we congratulate the whole Newcastle team on that achievement."

Festive Flyers jet in and out of Newcastle

Newcastle International Airport is flying high for the festive season with its annual Christmas Getaway now in full swing.

Thousands of holidaymakers will travel in and out of the North East to visit family and friends or simply escape the UK weather to sunnier climes.

Over 135,000 passengers are expected to travel through the region’s biggest airport between Monday 19th December and Monday 2nd January 2017 with around 1,210 flight movements during this time.

Popular destinations include Dubai, the Canary Islands, Dublin, Amsterdam and mainland Spain.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Christmas is a great time of year here at the Airport. We always enjoy a busy festive season and this year will be no different. 

“We have lots of flights in and out as families and friends make use of our services to travel right across the globe. Some of our passengers are flying off for some winter sun while others make use of our hub connections to make extra special visits over the holidays.

“As well as those travelling away we have thousands returning home to the North East for Christmas – our arrivals halls are wonderful places at this time of year and we’re delighted to be part of many people’s experience this Christmas. We would like to wish all of our passengers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Ryanair's Newcastle routes to Gdansk, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Warsaw & Wroclaw Take Off

Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (3 Nov) have celebrated the launch of 5 new routes from Newcastle International Airport as part of its winter schedule. Ryanair’s routes to Wroclaw began on Sunday, with Gdansk on Monday, Tenerife and Warsaw taking off on Tuesday, and Lanzarote starting on Wednesday.

North East consumers can choose from more routes to sun and city destinations, lower fares (as Ryanair passes on lower fuel costs), and an even better customer experience, as it rolls out year 3 of its “Always Getting Better” customer experience programme.

Ryanair’s Sales and Marketing Executive, Lisa Buckley said:

“We are pleased to launch our 5 new routes from Newcastle to Gdansk, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Warsaw and Wroclaw. Ryanair continues to grow at Newcastle, by offering the lowest fares and best choice of destinations.

To celebrate the launch of our Newcastle winter schedule, we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Monday (7 Nov). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

Newcastle International Airport’s Aviation Development Manager, Leon McQuaid said:

“It’s great to see Ryanair continue to build its presence in the region and the start of these exciting new routes is excellent news for the North East travelling public.

“Poland is a vibrant country with a host of attractions on offer and we expect these flights to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw to be extremely popular. Tenerife and Lanzarote are firm favourites for the North East travelling public and I am delighted that we can offer our passengers even more choice and availability from Newcastle Airport.”

easyJet starts the only direct scheduled flights between Newcastle and Berlin in addition to new Gran Canaria route
easyJet starts the only direct scheduled flights between Newcastle and Berlin in addition to new Gran Canaria route

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has today started two new services from Newcastle International Airport to Berlin Schoenefeld Airport and Las Palmas Airport in Gran Canaria. The two new routes are expected to carry more than 36,000 passengers in the first year alone. 

The airline’s new route to Berlin Schoenefeld is the only direct scheduled flight between Newcastle and the German city, opening both up to more tourism and making connecting between the two easier than ever. To mark the occasion, a local couple from Durham, Val and Tony McFarlane, welcomed the first Berlin to Newcastle flight into Newcastle this afternoon, which was operated by their son Marc who is based in Berlin as easyJet cabin crew manager. Unbeknown to Marc, his parents, who are today celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary and rarely get to see their son, had arranged to surprise Marc upon landing in the brief turnaround before he operated the flight back to Berlin.

Val McFarlane said: 

“It was fantastic to surprise our son Marc on the first flight between Newcastle and Berlin today. We last saw him in August and unfortunately won’t get to spend Christmas together this year, so it was amazing to spend a little bit of time together before he flew back to Berlin. His face was a picture and he really didn’t expect to see us at all! 

“The new easyJet flight between Newcastle and Berlin is going to make a huge difference to our family. Marc has had to use other airports and connecting routes and has often driven all the way home to Newcastle using the ferry, so this new route will make seeing each other so much easier and quicker.” 

Whilst Mr and Mrs McFarlane were unable to fly back to Berlin with Marc today, easyJet has arranged two return flights for them to visit him in the near future. 

Passengers in the North-East are now able to fly with easyJet directly to Berlin Schoenefeld from just £20.99* one-way up to three times a week year-round on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Saturdays. The route starts just in time for visitors wanting to experience the famous German Christmas markets and experience the traditional winter celebrations. Visitors can also enjoy the city’s rich history and culture with a wealth of exhibitions and museums on the Berlin Wall and World War Two. 

The airline’s inaugural flight to Gran Canaria also took-off early this morning with holidaymakers who will be able to take advantage of the Canary Island’s winter sun. Flights depart every Tuesday over the winter season with fares starting from £22.99* one-way. From enduring beaches to the sand dunes in Maspalomas, the shopping in Las Palmas to the night time entertainment in Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria appeals to all ages and interests.

Ali Gayward, easyJet's UK Commercial Manager, commented: 

“We’re really excited to start these two exciting new routes from Newcastle International Airport today. Not only will they enable our North-East passengers to explore these great destinations and connect loved ones – like the McFarlane family - but they will also help to further enhance inbound tourism for Newcastle. 

“We’ve seen a huge amount of demand on these flights already and we are confident that passengers at both ends of each route will enjoy what the other has to offer. We’re seeing more and more people using our services to visit Newcastle for both leisure and business trips. 

“easyJet is committed to Newcastle and our passengers now have a choice of 17 of Europe’s best city, ski and beach destinations to choose from.” 

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

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport, said: 

“We are delighted to see the start of these new and exciting flights, and it’s great to see easyJet’s commitment to the region with even more choice for the north east travelling public. 

“Berlin is a fantastic destination and another leading European city now available from Newcastle. With flights conveniently timed up to three times a week year-round, we expect this service to be extremely popular with both business and leisure travellers.  As well as anticipating further growth in outbound tourism, we also expect this service to deliver a significant increase of inbound traffic to the region. 

“Gran Canaria continues to be a favoured destination for our passengers and will be ideal for those looking to escape for some winter sun.”

For more information please visit www.easyjet.com/holidays

Newcastle International Airport welcomes Government Announcement on Heathrow

Newcastle International Airport Ltd has today welcomed the decision by the government to follow the recommendation by the Airports Commission, and adopt a third runway at Heathrow as its preferred option for airport capacity in the South East.


Graeme Mason, Planning and Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are pleased that the Government has agreed with the recommendations of the Airports Commission and decided in favour of expanding Heathrow. We will now support the Government and others to ensure that the third runway is built and to maximise the benefits to the North East that this development will bring.


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


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. Heathrow remains our largest hub connection. I welcome the fact that the Government now favours the expansion of Heathrow, given that in recommending the Heathrow option the Airports Commission recognised its importance to regions such as the North East.”

Airport extends pioneering football charity partnership
Airport extends pioneering football charity partnership

Newcastle International Airport has extended its highly successful partnership with two of the region’s top charities, which has already raised over £50,000.

Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation jointly became the airport's adopted charity for 2015 and 2016, and this partnership has now been extended for a further year.

Both staff and customers at Newcastle International Airport have been involved with fundraising over the last two years.

Airport staff have taken part in sponsored cycle rides and runs, as well as fundraising at airport events.

Customers of the airport have made generous donations to the charities during bucket collections and via the foreign currency globes in the departure lounge and luggage collection point.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: "We’re delighted to extend this highly successful partnership and lend our support to two fantastic charities.

“The people of the North East have demonstrated their passion for football and helping those in need throughout the partnership and we hope to utilise this to help even more people over the coming year.”

Lesley Spuhler, Chief Executive of Foundation of Light, said: "The partnership with Newcastle International Airport has helped us raise awareness of our work in the region as well as raise much vital funds to help those in need locally.

“As well as our immense gratitude to the Airport we would like to extend our thanks to each and every one of their customers who has supported this partnership and made a donation.”

“Newcastle International Airport has shown itself to be a real pioneer in its field throughout the partnership and we look forward to working with them over the next year.”

Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “Our relationship with Newcastle International Airport has been invaluable in terms of raising awareness of the work we do, and crucially, raising funds. 

"We thank the Airport and their staff for their ongoing support as well as the North East public for their generous donations.

”We are delighted that this partnership has been extended for another 12 months giving us the opportunity to work alongside our colleagues at the Foundation of Light, so together we can use football to change lives.”

Newcastle International Airport negotiates new term loan facility

30-09-16

Newcastle International Airport Ltd can today confirm that it has completed a project to refinance its bank debt, negotiating a new term loan facility of £233 million in an arrangement that will reduce the Airport’s overall amount of loan interest paid.

The refinancing has been agreed well in advance of the expiry of the previous financing arrangements which were arranged in 2012. Since then the Airport has committed approximately £40 million in capital developments such as radar replacement and improvements to customer facilities and its retail offering.

The process has been carried out with the Airport’s advisors, RBS Advisory (Financial) and Allen & Overy (Legal), and with support from AMP Capital and the Local Authority shareholders. Financing is being provided by a consortium of lenders which includes RBS, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank Limited, ING Wholesale Banking, Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) and MetLife Investments.

The new facility will result in the Airport paying a lower amount of interest each year after more favourable interest rate terms were negotiated. The loan is split into tranches between seven and twenty years which will offer enhanced protection against future interest rate rises and ensure continued investment to improve customer facilities and infrastructure, including a planned runway resurfacing. This ongoing investment ensures the Airport remains competitive and continues to attract airlines and new routes.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive of Newcastle International said “We are pleased to announce that our refinancing project has been completed. We have created a platform which allows the airport to continue to deliver the facilities, infrastructure and connectivity that the North East needs. The project will help secure the long term success of the airport by maintaining its sound financial footing and provides a new capital expenditure facility, which is available to support our growth plans.”

Following the refinancing a total dividend of £43 million will be split between each of the Local Authority shareholders and AMP Capital. It is the first time since 2013 that shareholders have received a dividend.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, and Chair of the LA7 Airport Holding Company, said “The completion of the refinancing is great news for the region. The airport has grown to become a very significant asset for the North East, contributing hugely to the economy, and providing the links that people and businesses need.”

Since 2012, passenger numbers at Newcastle Airport have grown by 10%, from 4.4 to over 4.8 million in 2016 (forecast.) 

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

22-09-16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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