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bmi regional launches new Newcastle – Stavanger route

29-04-16

bmi regional is delighted to announce the forthcoming launch of flights between Newcastle and Stavanger, Norway, which will take to the skies on 31 May, 2016 and will go on sale from 29 April, 2016.  The new route offers direct jet flights daily from Sunday to Friday from Newcastle to the major Norwegian city, which is both a major business destination due to the proximity of North Sea oil fields as well as a touristic base with a charming old town. 

All passengers will enjoy a 20kg checked baggage allowance, complimentary in flight bar and snack service, speedy 30 minute check-in and allocated 2:1 seating, all of which come as standard with the business-powered airline, and are appreciated by discerning leisure travellers too.  Fares on the route will start at £78 one way or £139 return. 

Commenting on the route launch, Jochen Schnadt, Chief Commercial Officer said: “We’re excited to be adding this route into our network and with it Stavanger as our latest addition to our growing network of key business locations.  Stavanger has a varied appeal; the city is a hub for the oil and gas industry, as well as being a former Capital of Culture with great gourmet credentials.  Our new Branded Fares including our new Executive product will be a perfect fit for this new market offering both business and leisure customers the right product and flexibility choice when travelling between Newcastle and Stavanger.”

Leif Anker Lorentzen, Airport Director of Sola Airport, Stavanger said: ““It's always nice to introduce routes that will drive additional business and leisure travellers into the region.  We work to ensure good and effective international connections, and aim to showcase our region that the endless possibilities it offers.  We are pleased with the possibilities airlines such as bmi regional provide for Stavanger Airport. This demonstrates a vast focus on the municipality of Rogaland, during challenging times for the industry in this region”

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted that bmi regional will be operating this new Stavanger service.  Norway is an important business and trade link for the North East as well as being a popular destination for 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.”

For tourists, Stavanger boasts original dockside warehouses and pretty 18th-century streets.  The old city has a lovely collection of wooden buildings and is airy and light.  The recent oil boom has meant that the wider offering is now contemporary and sophisticated, with great shopping, sophisticated hotels and a plethora of fine dining options.   Most nights, especially in summer, the city's waterfront comes alive in the best tradition of port cities.  

From 31 May, 2016 Norway’s third largest city will be served six times a week from Newcastle Airport.  Fights are conveniently timed during the day, as follows:

Newcastle to Stavanger

BM 1133 MTWTF - - NCL 10.45 SVG 13.05   

BM 1135 - - - - - - S     NCL 13.25 SVG 15.45

Stavanger to Newcastle

BM 1134 MTWTF - -     SVG 15.40 NCL 16.00

BM 1136    - - - - - - S     SVG 16.15 NCL 16.35

Book now at www.bmiregional.com.

Ryanair launches 3 new routes to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw
Ryanair launches 3 new routes to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw

27-04-16

Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, today further expanded its Newcastle winter 2016 schedule with 3 new routes to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw, bringing the total number of routes to 8 including Lanzarote and Tenerife. This will help deliver 400,000 customers p.a. as Ryanair more than doubles its traffic.

Ryanair’s Newcastle winter 2016 schedule will deliver:

  • 5 new routes: Gdansk (2 wkly), Lanzarote (2 wkly), Tenerife (2 wkly), Warsaw (2 wkly) & Wroclaw (2 wkly)
  • More flights to: Alicante (4 wkly) & Dublin (2 daily)
  • 8 routes in total 
  • Over 30 weekly flights
  • 400,000 customers p.a. 

Ryanair is the ideal choice for business and leisure customers, who can now choose from 8 Newcastle routes in winter 2016 and look forward to further improvements, under Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” programme, which includes more new routes, new digital features, new cabin interiors and even more low fares.

New Newcastle Winter 2016 Routes

  • Gdansk - 2 x weekly
  • Lanzarote - 2 x weekly
  • Tenerife - 2 x weekly
  • Warsaw - 2 x weekly
  • Wroclaw - 2 x weekly

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “We are pleased to launch 3 new routes from Newcastle to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw, as part of our significantly expanded winter 2016 schedule, bringing the total number of routes to 8 including Lanzarote and Tenerife, which will help deliver 400,000 customers p.a. and support 300 jobs, as we more than double our operation at Newcastle Airport.

To celebrate our 3 new routes to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw, we are releasing seats for sale from just £19.99, which are available for booking until Wednesday (4 May) for travel in November and December Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport: “We are delighted to see Ryanair continue to build its presence in the region and the announcement of these exciting new city routes is great 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, offering our passengers even more choice and availability from Newcastle Airport.”

One month to go until the return of United Airlines
One month to go until the return of United Airlines

26-04-16

Final preparations are underway ahead of the return of United Airlines’ service to New York/Newark which commences in just one month’s time.

As the countdown begins, thousands of holidaymakers and business travellers have already booked on the service, which will operate daily except Wednesday from 26th May 2016.

With United’s impressive route network allowing over 300 onward connections from its Newark hub, the service is proving popular for a number of trips including Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Preparations are well underway as we await the return of United Airlines at Newcastle.

“The team planning the service have been covering a range of different areas needed to operate the service including maintenance, catering, passenger handling services, cargo, flight operations and crew accommodation.

“We are delighted the service will now run six days a week and passengers are making the most of United’s excellent route network to connect onto numerous further afield destinations.

“In addition to UK residents travelling on to North America for business or leisure, the service makes the North East of England much more accessible for inbound travel from the States.

“Work has also been done to promote the service across the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire through visits to travel agencies, advertising and through sponsorship deals within and outside the airport.”

“We are excited to return to Newcastle this summer,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales – U.K. and Ireland. “Our flights offer business and leisure travellers convenient access to New York City as well as connections across the Americas. Through our New York hub, we can connect our customers directly to over 100 great destinations including Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.”

Book now at www.united.com or contact your local travel agent.

More choice and variety for Newcastle’s sun-seekers
More choice and variety for Newcastle’s sun-seekers

21-04-16

Thomson and First Choice are today announcing increased capacity at Newcastle airport for their summer 2017 flying programme. This includes an additional fortnightly flight to Florida which gives greater holiday flexibility to holidaymakers flying from the north of England.

The move to introduce new routes is part of the holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations. The new routes will go on sale today in line with the launch of summer 2017 holidays.

Customers travelling on the additional route to Florida will now have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels, including the 4T Disney Caribbean Beach Resort and 4T Wyndham Orlando Resort.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is made up of colonial-style buildings, towering palm trees and seven swimming pools. Guests can choose to eat at one of the five American-Caribbean kiosks at the food court or enjoy a sit down meal at the à la carte restaurant.

Those visiting the Wyndham Orlando Resort can expect lush gardens filled with palm trees and flowers, art deco interiors and a prime location, located just moments away from all the big theme parks.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said: “Adding more capacity from Newcastle with the introduction of an additional fortnightly flight to Florida demonstrates our commitment to Newcastle Airport and the local area.

“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We welcome the addition of this extra fortnightly flight from Newcastle making it even easier and convenient to fly around 11,000 holiday-makers from Newcastle to Florida next summer.

“This additional flight follows on the heels of this summer’s extra Cancun flight which will see a similar number of holiday-makers jet away from Newcastle to the Caribbean with Thomson and First Choice.

“Given this strong demand, we hope to see more flights to more destinations in the Caribbean over the next few years.” 

Exports Flying Out Of Newcastle International Airport
Exports Flying Out Of Newcastle International Airport

18-04-16

Newcastle International Airport continues to play a vital role in the North East economy with its latest figures showing the value of exports flown from the airport has risen substantially.

The Emirates service to Dubai, hailed as a game-changer for the North East, has carried the vast majority of exports flown out of the airport, the value of which now stands at £310m per annum. Before Emirates arrived in the region in 2007, flown exports stood at less than £20m.

Pharmaceuticals, oilfield equipment and auto parts make up the bulk of exports, while more unusual cargo includes fishing rods and works of art.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We take great pride in the role we play in the regional economy.

“The increase in flown exports over the last nine years has been phenomenal and the Emirates service highlights the transformational effect a single long haul scheduled service can have.

“The key to the success of Emirates is that it connects the North East to Dubai and then via Dubai to over 150 destinations. We hope to emulate the success of Emirates with that of our New York service with United Airlines which is set to return in May.

“The United Airlines service connects the region to New York and then across the Americas to over 300 destinations via its Newark hub. 

“With the North East being the only region in the country with a consistently positive balance of trade; and with about 150,000 jobs in foreign-owned companies in the region; our international links are critical to our business and economic success.”

Robert Siegel, Emirates VP, Cargo Commercial for Europe and Russia, said: “At Emirates SkyCargo we take great pride in the strength of our regional gateways and we are very proud to be part of the continued growth of the export market in Newcastle, carrying over 14,000 tonnes of cargo since we launched the route in 2007. For us, Newcastle International Airport provides that vital link between the North East and Dubai and, as the only long haul airline to operate daily from the region to Dubai, we are pleased to connect businesses with over 150 destinations worldwide through our global network”.

easyJet launches Winter 2016 flights for Newcastle

14-04-16

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has put its Winter 2016 schedule for Newcastle on sale for passengers to book now for travel until 5 February 2017.

Over 1,400 easyJet flights are set to take place to and from Newcastle International Airport between 30 October 2016 and 5 February 2017 providing 250,000 seats.

Over 18 million seats are being launched today across the entire easyJet network so customers can look forward to low fares by booking early.

Customers can look forward to a number of routes to destinations such as:

  • Newcastle to Barcelona from £26.24*
  • Newcastle to Alicante from £33.24*
  • Newcastle to Geneva from £24.24*
  • Newcastle to Belfast from £24.24*
  • Newcastle to Bristol from £24.24*

*Fares per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: “We’re pleased to be putting our Winter flights from Newcastle International Airport on sale today for our customers in the North-East, allowing them to book early and take advantage of our low fares to great destinations.

“For those looking to book ahead for their Winter ski breaks we’ll be flying up to five times a week to Geneva, or for those looking to escape to sunnier climes, Barcelona, Alicante and Faro will likely be a popular choice.” 

For more information about the new flights or easyJet’s network from Newcastle visit www.easyJet.com

David Laws announcement
David Laws announcement

11-04-16

After 37 years’ service with Newcastle Airport, ten of them as Chief Executive, Davie Laws has decided to step down from his role as CEO to join AMP Capital as a part-time Senior Adviser in its international airports business.

Nick Jones (Newcastle Airport’s Chief Financial Officer) will be taking over as CEO from 1 May. Nick is well known to the region and joined the business as CFO in June 2015. He was previously CFO at Aesica and prior to that worked for the accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers. An external search for a permanent CEO will commence shortly.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, the Lead Authority for the LA7 airport consortium, said: “Davie has been an excellent Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport and I would like to thank him for everything he has done for our region during his many years of service. Davie will be missed but he leaves a strong legacy and I look forward to seeing the airport build upon that legacy in the future.”

David Rees, Partner and Head of Asset Management at AMP Capital, said: “Davie has made an outstanding contribution to the airport and the region and I would like to offer him my sincere thanks and appreciation for building such a strong, successful business. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Davie at AMP Capital.”

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “It was a pleasure working with Davie during his term as President of the Chamber, especially during the 200th Anniversary celebrations. I believe that, by bringing both Emirates and United Airlines to the region, Davie leaves a legacy of success in terms of connectivity and exports. I wish Davie well in his future career.”

Message from David Laws

Dear Colleagues,

I wish to advise you that after 37 years’ service with Newcastle Airport, I have decided to step down from my position as Chief Executive with effect from the 30th April 2016.

For some time, I have been in informal discussion with AMP Capital (one of the Airport’s shareholders) about joining them part-time as a Senior Advisor in their international airports business.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for the fantastic effort and support you have given me especially during my time as Chief Executive. I firmly believe that together we have in recent years achieved a lot and ensured that the Airport is seen in the region as one of the biggest success stories and long may that continue.

The decision to move on from the business that I have known and loved all my career has not been easy, but the fact that we achieved so much in 2015 is what made my mind up. You will recall that in 2015 together we ensured that the Airport remained an award winning airport with the Which? award and that was no flash in the pan as we have been voted best Airport for years by different organisations. Some notable highlights include seeing United Airlines commence services to New York and their return in 2016, a new airside departure lounge to be proud of, and the announcement of Ryanair to play a significant role in the future of the Airport.  2015 also saw me recognised as Chief Executive of the Year and whilst this was a personal award, I dedicated it to the team at the Airport on the night and I stand by that. Also, you will recall that I had the honour of leading the North East Chamber of Commerce into their 200th Anniversary celebrations; a fantastic opportunity for me personally and also a great way to finish my two years as President of the Chamber. A truly fantastic year in more ways than one.

There is an old saying that it’s good to sometimes get out at the top!!! I firmly believe that the foundations we have built will only mean one thing and that is for this Airport to reach new heights. As you can imagine I have lots of memories after 37 years from my time as a trainee fireman, right through to my current role as Chief Executive and for the most they are indeed very happy memories for me to reflect on.

Nick Jones (the current CFO) will be taking over as interim Chief Executive from 1st May. Please join me in congratulating Nick and please give him your full support during this period of transition.

Shareholders will shortly be launching an external search to find a permanent replacement.

In the meantime I am around until the end of April, and I look forward to saying goodbye to as many of you as I can. Finally may I wish you all a fantastic future. Please continue to keep this Airport in the region’s limelight for all of the good things you do. I know I am leaving this wonderful Airport in safe hands and I look forward to reading all about its future successes as you take it to new heights!!!!!! So good luck and once again thank you for all your loyalty and support.

Davie

Howzat! Newcastle International to Sponsor Stand at Emirates Riverside
Howzat! Newcastle International to Sponsor Stand at Emirates Riverside

11-04-16

Newcastle International Airport has today announced plans to become the official sponsor of one of Durham County Cricket Club’s most iconic stands.

The North East Terrace, often pictured with the idyllic Lumley Castle as a backdrop, will be renamed ‘The Newcastle International Airport Stand’ at Emirates Riverside.

A three-year deal will see Newcastle International’s distinctive logo displayed across the stand along with the name of the airport’s new campaign, ‘Discover the World’, a brand initiative highlighting a range of destinations available from the airport at www.newcastleairport.com/discover.

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Durham County Cricket Club and look forward to developing our partnership with both the club and supporters.

“The North East Terrace has become somewhat of an iconic sight on both TV and online through the years with the Emirates Riverside providing such a picturesque image during first-class Cricket matches.

“This latest deal offers the perfect platform for us to highlight our new brand, ‘Discover the World’, which showcases all of the great destinations available from Newcastle International, whilst showing our continued support for the county after the success of sponsoring Durham’s t20 shirt for the past three seasons.”

Tom Seymour, Sales Director at Durham County Cricket Club, said: “Newcastle International is one of the region’s key assets and we are delighted to continue what has become a fantastic partnership.

“The Airport and its brand are recognised throughout the North East and we look forward to working closely with them over the duration of the deal.”

New route to Almeria announced as part of Thomas Cook Airlines Summer 2017 programme

07-04-16

Thomas Cook Airlines is set to offer North East holidaymakers even more choice from Newcastle Airport in summer 2017 by adding an exciting brand new route to Almeria, a new service to Paphos and increasing to three weekly flights to Reus.

Costa de Almeria, full of family attractions and beautiful Spanish towns filled with shops, tapas bars and top hotels, is in the southeast of Spain and was the location of a number of Spaghetti Western films including ‘A Fistful of Dollars’, For a Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly'.

Joining an existing service to Larnaca is the ancient town of Paphos. Located on the south-west coast of Cyprus, Paphos has been a popular destination for many years. Along with glorious sunshine, visitors will find ancient ruins and archaeological sites across the south, while the north is a bustling modern centre.

Holidays in Costa Dorada are within easy reach with the addition of a third weekly service to Reus allowing more choice of holiday durations with 10 & 11 nights now available.

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to see these latest additions to Thomas Cook’s summer 17 programme from Newcastle.

“Almeria is a great addition, increasing our Spanish mainland destinations to seven in total and I am sure it will prove to be a popular choice with passengers.

“Paphos has always been a favoured destination with the North East public while the addition of a third flight to Reus brings more choice of holiday durations and further increases the appeal of the Costa Dorada for summer holidays.”

Thomas Cook Airlines' Director of Sales and Planning, Henry Sunley, said: "With our £100 million investment in cabin interiors, 25 new A321s entering our fleet, and James Martin meals on board, we’ve worked with our airport and airline partners to build a really great programme for summer 2017. It meets the changing demands of UK holidaymakers, and ensures that Brits can get great summer sun on a quality airline that puts its customers first.”

Plans to make North East Autism Friendly Take Flight
Plans to make North East Autism Friendly Take Flight

06-04-16

Plans to make the North East autism friendly have now really taken flight after Newcastle International Airport signed the Autism Charter.

As part of the nationwide Connect to Autism campaign, all permanent Passenger Assistance airport staff have now been trained by the North East Autism Society (NEAS) to understand autism and how they can better support passengers and family members who have autism while using the airport.

Newcastle International Airport Chief Executive, David Laws, said: “We are delighted to be able to partner with the NEAS to make the small changes that will have a big impact on people with autism. We are hoping that by the summer holidays there will be nothing now stopping families using the airport or having the holidays they deserve.”

To make the airport experience less of a struggle for children and adults with autism, NEAS is working with the Passenger Services team to make sure they know where quiet spaces are within the airport so families can be helped to find a less noisy, less crowded area to wait.

Groundbreaking steps also include the creation of an Airport Autism Passport which, by the summer, will be downloadable from the airport or NEAS website, completed and then brought to the Passenger Assistance Desk on arrival. This well then ensure a ‘fast track’ service for the family, avoiding queues and crowded areas, which can be distressing for people with autism. Families will then also have the choice to board the aeroplane first, or last, as transitioning from one place to another can be a particularly difficult time for people with autism.

NEAS is also working with the Newcastle International Airport team to create a social story about the airport, so people with autism can familiarise themselves with the environment and what they can expect to happen, before they turn up on the day.

John Phillipson, Chief Executive of NEAS and chair of Autism Alliance UK, said: “This will open up a world of possibilities for people with autism. Busy, unfamiliar places can be so off putting that many families will have never even attempted to travel in this way.

“We work tirelessly not just to provide services at a local level but to make sure people with autism can have the full, rich life they deserve. This is another fantastic step in the right direction to make this happen.”

The Autism Charter which was produced by people on the autism spectrum aims to show businesses and organisations how minor adjustments and a better understanding of the condition can help those affected feel welcome.

Funded by the Department of Health, the charter is being delivered by Autism Alliance UK, a network of specialist autism charities which includes the North East Autism Society.

As part of the project, Newcastle International Airport is now one of many organisations in the region signing the Autism Charter, highlighting their commitment to helping people with autism and to work with a local charity, the North East Autism Society (NEAS,) to make the North-east more autism friendly.

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