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Only one month to go until first transatlantic service – flight launches 23 May
Only one month to go until first transatlantic service – flight launches 23 May

23-04-2015

Final preparations are underway ahead of the launch of the first US transatlantic scheduled service from Newcastle International Airport on 23 May. The United Airlines service to Newark / New York commences in just one month’s time.

As the final countdown begins, thousands of eager holidaymakers and business travellers have already booked on the service, which is running five days a week to the Big Apple.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “With just one month to go until the first flight on 23 May, preparations are well underway as we gear up for the arrival of United Airlines at Newcastle.

“United has a significant number of staff based in the UK and the US planning the operation of the new service this summer. The route will operate five times a week between 23 May and 7 September.

“The team planning the service have been covering all the different areas needed to establish the service including maintenance, catering, passenger handling services, cargo, flight operations and crew accommodation. There’s a lot of planning behind the scenes for all new services and this one is extra special.

“A small team from United Airlines will be in Newcastle shortly prior to launch, for dry runs and to help the staff based here become comfortable with handling the new flight. This will be their fourth visit ahead of the route launch to ensure everything is perfect for our passengers.

“In addition to UK residents travelling on to North America for business or for leisure, the service makes the North East of England much more accessible for inbound travel from the States, and we are working with partners over there to promote the route.

“We have also been promoting the new service across the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire through visits to travel agencies, advertising and through some sponsorship deals within and outside the airport. It is now really down to the region to take advantage of this fantastic service so that United Airlines return and expand the operation in 2016.”

The number one destination is New York, but the service is proving popular for trips to Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In all, over 300 onward connections are available via Newark.

David Laws adds: “Passengers are making the most of United’s excellent route network to connect onto numerous further afield destinations. Some travellers are even using the flight to reach Hawaii. If you fancy visiting the United States and Canada this summer whether to tour, visit friends or family or laze in the sun, it’s not too late to book. Now is a good time to leap into action and visit your local travel agent either for a package holiday or a tailor made holiday.”

“With the launch of our Newcastle-New York flights only one month away, the excitement is building here at United,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales – U.K. and Ireland. “We look forward to welcoming customers on board the first-ever scheduled nonstop flights from North East England to the U.S. this summer.”

More choice, more variety and more local routes for sun seekers in the North East
More choice, more variety and more local routes for sun seekers in the North East

20-04-2015

Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that in summer 2016 they will be increasing capacity at Newcastle International Airport through the introduction of additional seats and new fortnightly flights to Cancun, Mexico.

The move to introduce these routes is part of the UK’s leading 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 including the 5T Sensatori Resort Mexico in Riviera Maya which boasts a beachfront setting, in-room hot tubs, six restaurants and 24 hour gourmet inclusive dining. The new routes will go on sale on the 23rd April 2015.

Not only will customers from Newcastle be able to fly to some fantastic destinations, but they will also have the opportunity to choose varying durations – not just the standard seven and 14 night stays. Customers travelling from Newcastle will also now be able to choose from additional 10 and 11 night durations to Naples, Italy.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said of the move: “Adding more capacity from the North East of the England and the addition of a new fortnightly flight to Cancun demonstrates our commitment to Newcastle Airport and the local area. Following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there.

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

David Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport, said: “We are excited by these additions to Thomson and First Choice’s summer 2016 programme from Newcastle. Cancun offers easy access to Mexico's Caribbean coast and this additional capacity means even more people can take advantage of non-stop flights from Newcastle on the Dreamliner. The extra weekly flight to Naples brings more choice of holiday durations and further increases the appeal of this part of Italy for summer holidays.”

Walker takes on 80km charity challenge this weekend
Walker takes on 80km charity challenge this weekend

10-04-2015

Keen walker, Eric Wrightson is taking on the challenge of an 80km walk this weekend as part of the celebrations around Newcastle International Airport’s 80th Anniversary.

Eric, 59 from Consett is General Manager of Park & Fly at the airport and an experienced long distance walker. He will be taking part in The Woldsman 2015 event in East Yorkshire on 11 April with help from colleague and support driver, John Mason.

He’s also raising money for the airport’s adopted charities – Newcastle United Foundation and SAFC’s Foundation of Light. In December 2014 the airport announced a historic partnership, with the foundations jointly becoming the airport's 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 on a number of areas including health, sport and teamwork.

Eric said: “I'm aiming to walk 80km on 11 April by taking part in The Woldsman 2015. As many of my colleagues, friends and family know I'm an experienced long distance walker and have been taking part in organised walks for over 20 years.  

“The challenge this weekend is 80km which is around 50 miles. I'm walking as part of Newcastle International Airport's 80th anniversary celebrations and will be raising money for our adopted charities - Foundation of Light and Newcastle United Foundation. I’ve completed a number of long distance walks in the past and they’re always such a great personal challenge for me. I’m hoping to do this in less than 14 hours so wish me luck!

“I’d like to thank all of my colleagues, friends, family and business partners for their support and their kind donations. Money raised will go to support two very good causes so I’m delighted with the donations received so far.”

To support Eric on his walk and make a donation visit his fundraising page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=EricWrightson

Jennifer Rae, Events and Fundraising Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Eric is taking on such a big challenge and raising money for both Newcastle United Foundation and the Foundation of Light. Both Foundations promote health and wellbeing in adults as well as children, and Eric is a great example of this. We are all behind Eric and wish him the best of luck.”

Phil King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, said: “It is a fantastic effort from Eric to commit to walking 80km this weekend in aid of the two Foundations. We encourage healthy, active lifestyles through everything we do – so Eric is really embodying this as well as raising some vital funds in the process. We all wish him every success with the challenge.”

Each season Newcastle United Foundation raises over £2 million to work with over 50,000 individuals; delivering 24,000 hours in the local community, is active in 200 local schools, seeing record levels of participation on all its sporting, health, education and youth programmes. To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it works with 50,000 young people and their families across the region each year, please visit www.nufoundation.org.uk

Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, and uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire thousands of young people and their families through a range of award-winning education, sport, health and employability programmes. Projects are delivered to over 42,000 young people and adults throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham. Structurally and financially independent of the football club Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs. To find out more about their work, visit www.foundationoflight.co.uk  

bmi regional increases service from Newcastle to Brussels

01-04-2015

bmi regional, the UK’s most punctual scheduled airline, will increase the frequency of flights on its popular service from Newcastle International to Brussels from Wednesday 1 April, the only direct flight to link the two cities.   Launching just days after the first anniversary of this popular route, the increase means that on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays there will be two flights per day and on Wednesdays and Thursdays three flights per day.

The route is operated by a 49-seater Embraer jet aircraft. The flights will offer business and leisure travellers the opportunity to reach the Belgian capital in just 75 minutes from only £80 per person including taxes one way.

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.

Commenting on the increase in service Paul Sies, Chief Commercial Officer of bmi regional said: “Since launching this route a little over 12 months ago it has become an incredibly popular service both for business and leisure travellers.  Not only does this route allow connectivity between the two cities but our links with Brussels Airlines means that we can provide our clients with seamless travel from Newcastle to as far and wide as Africa and the USA.”

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle international Airport, said: “We’re delighted to have bmi regional operating at Newcastle Airport connecting the North East not only to Brussels but to the rest of the world thanks to their codeshare with Brussels Airlines.

“The increase to three daily services to Brussels on Wednesdays and Thursdays will now provide even more connections for both business and leisure travellers travelling onwards into Europe and beyond.”

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.

Extra seats as SAS route to Copenhagen proves popular

01-04-2015

With strong bookings on SAS’ route between Newcastle and Copenhagen since its launch in February 2013, SAS has announced the introduction of increased seats on the route from 29 March 2015.  Replacing the daily (except Saturday) service with a larger aircraft, moving from a 50 seat CRJ-200 to a larger 88 seat CRJ-900, North East residents will benefit from increased capacity and so more chances to buy tickets at the lowest fares!

Offering convenient times for both business and leisure travellers, SAS flights between Newcastle and Copenhagen are ideal to travel after work, and return after a day in the office or exploring the city:

  • Departs Newcastle daily except Saturday at 19:20, arriving Copenhagen 22:00
  • Depart Copenhagen daily except Saturday at 18:00, arriving Newcastle 18:50

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle Airport, said: “We’re delighted that SAS has decided to increase capacity from Newcastle Airport. More seats provide an even greater opportunity for the North East travelling public to holiday or do business in one of Europe’s great cities, or travel beyond to other Scandinavian destinations.”

Prices start from just £108 one way, including all taxes and charges - on sale now at www.flysas.co.uk.  Prices quoted are in SAS Go, the airline’s economy service, which includes all taxes and charges, a checked bag at no extra cost, newspapers, coffee and tea on board and several services to save time, including mobile check-in and seat selection. 

Offering a great short break option, increased capacity on flights to Copenhagen comes as the Danish city celebrates being awarded 18 Michelin stars across 15 restaurants, a new record for the city.  The first edition of the ‘Michelin Nordic Cities’ guide, launched this March, underlines Copenhagen’s position as the region’s gastronomic capital, and also saw it awarded 10 Bib Gourmands, given to restaurants that offer excellent value for money. 

To book or for more information visit www.flysas.co.uk or call 0871 226 7760.

Sunshine ahead as Jet2holidays hits height of one million bookings this year
Sunshine ahead as Jet2holidays hits height of one million bookings this year

31-03-2015

Package holiday specialist, Jet2holidays, is today celebrating its one millionth booking in this financial year – the first time the company has hit this milestone in a 12 month period.

This morning passengers at Newcastle Airport were treated to ‘One in a Million’ cupcakes and spot prizes to mark the occasion, coinciding with the millionth customer boarding a plane to The Algarve from Manchester Airport, having been told his holiday was now completely free of charge.

Since its launch in February 2007 the package holiday specialist has grown to become the UK’s third largest tour operator, offering great value sun and city breaks to over 50 destinations from seven UK bases.  More than 140,000 Jet2holidays customers have departed from Newcastle in the past 12 months, with a total of almost 410,000 over the last seven years.  Overall, nearly three million passengers have travelled with the company from across the North.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “To hit the millionth booking mark for this financial year is a fantastic achievement for us.  All our airports have been joining in the celebrations,   making it a day to remember for all our customers travelling today, surprising them with free holiday upgrades and champagne.

“We work hard to create memorable package breaks that people can trust so it’s great to see more and more people booking with us year after year.  We’re really proud of the fantastic range of destinations we offer, and it’s growing every year, offering everything from relaxing weeks on a beach to bustling city breaks. We look forward to well and truly beating the one million figure next year!”

For more information or to book a break visit www.Jet2holidays.com

easyJet launches record number of flights and routes for winter 2015
easyJet launches record number of flights and routes for winter 2015

31-03-2015

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has put its winter schedule on sale for 2015 with a record number of flights and routes available for passengers to book now.

Over 1,900 easyJet flights are set to take place to and from Newcastle between 25 October 2015 and 28 February 2016 providing more than 310,000 seats.

Over 22 million seats are being launched across the entire easyJet network so customers can look forward to low fares by booking early.

easyJet has bases across 11 UK airports and currently has over 750 routes on sale to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Russia – 370 of which touch the UK.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said:

“We’re pleased to have put our winter 2015 schedule from Newcastle International Airport on sale for our passengers, allowing them to book early and take advantage of our lowest fares to top city, ski and beach destinations across Europe.”

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

Newcastle to Geneva from £24.99*

Newcastle to Faro from £26.99*

Newcastle to Malaga from £26.99*

Newcastle to Malta from £28.99*

Newcastle to Tenerife from £35.99*

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

Flybe's new summer schedule takes off from Newcastle
Flybe's new summer schedule takes off from Newcastle

30-03-2015

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, started operating its 2015 Summer Schedule from Newcastle Airport on Sunday (29th March) that features five routes including a brand new double daily service to London Stansted; daily flights to Belfast City and Exeter; a multi-frequency service to Southampton and the return of seasonal Saturday flights to Newquay between May and September.

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

Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Simmons, says: "We’re really pleased to start our Summer programme that includes new year-round flights between Newcastle and London Stansted. Bolstering regional connectivity is our number one aim at Flybe and we’re always looking for ways to expand this throughout the UK.  We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board.”

Newcastle International Airport’s Aviation Development Manager, Leon McQuaid, said:  “We’re delighted to launch this new double daily service to London Stansted. The route will improve connectivity to the South East of England and drive economic growth. Regional connectivity is important for both business and leisure travellers so we’re thrilled to welcome Stansted to the schedule. 

“London Stansted is not only a gateway to the capital, but also gives very easy access to the surrounding counties of Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.”

Footballers launch airport staff donation scheme
Footballers launch airport staff donation scheme

24-03-2015

Newcastle International Airport has today announced a new scheme which will allow staff to donate directly to the airport’s charity fundraising partnership between the Newcastle United Foundation and SAFC’s Foundation of Light.

Players past and present from both clubs met with staff from the airport, which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year, in the terminal to launch the voluntary Give as You Earn scheme. Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez, Mike Williamson and Bob Moncur teamed up with Sunderland AFC’s Jack Rodwell and Jimmy Montgomery to encourage employees to sign up and make regular donations.

In December 2014 the airport announced a historic partnership, with both football foundations jointly becoming the airport's 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.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle international Airport, said: “The North East’s passion for football is unmatched. We know that many of our staff are huge fans of either club and this scheme will allow them to donate directly to the fundraising partnership, ensuring that they are able to continue their amazing work in the community.

“We’re delighted to have players from both clubs in the terminal to help launch the scheme, especially with the Wear Tyne derby less than a fortnight away.”

Phil King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, said: “It is fantastic to have the support of the employees of Newcastle International Airport and their partners. By donating from their wages each month, they are backing projects benefiting people in their communities and improving opportunities across the North East. It’s also a great example of organisations engaging their employees in two vital charities in our region.

“As well as their regular donations, we hope to get the employees involved in a number of events and challenges throughout the next two years.”

Keith Nicholson Acting Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Newcastle Airport is launching the Give As You Earn scheme. Around half a million people across the UK donate money to charity in this way and provides a valuable way for charities to fundraise. At Newcastle United Foundation, our fundraising goes towards promoting healthy and active lifestyles in the most disadvantaged communities and without this, we could not do what we do. Our ability to inspire people to learn and reach their potential is built upon support such as this and on behalf of our participants I would like to thank everyone getting involved in raising funds.”

Members of the public can also donate jointly to the two charities by texting NUSA01 £5 to 70070 to donate and make a difference today.

Each season Newcastle United Foundation raises over £2 million to work with over 50,000 individuals; delivering 24,000 hours in the local community, is active in 200 local schools, seeing record levels of participation on all its sporting, health, education and youth programmes. To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it works with 50,000 young people and their families across the region each year, please visit www.nufoundation.org.uk

Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, and uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire thousands of young people and their families through a range of award-winning education, sport, health and employability programmes. Projects are delivered to over 42,000 young people and adults throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham. Structurally and financially independent of the football club Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs. To find out more about their work, visit www.foundationoflight.co.uk  

Anton du Beke quicksteps into Newcastle for Flying Start
Anton du Beke quicksteps into Newcastle for Flying Start

13-03-2015

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke quickstepped his way to Newcastle this week in support of British Airways' Flying Start initiative to raise money for Comic Relief.

Anton touched down at Newcastle International Airport on Red Nose Day (Friday 13 March) to help boost the fund-raising efforts of British Airways staff, who have already raised £9.2 million worldwide for the charity.

During a quick "waltz" through the airport, Anton taught some dance moves to staff and passengers in the terminal before doing a "shuffle" across to the British Airways contact centre in Newcastle Business Park to meet staff there and "tap" into their support for Flying Start.

Angela Sumner-Cook, British Airways manager at Newcastle International Airport, said, "We're delighted that Anton agreed to join us as part of our Flying Start activities on Red Nose Day.

"Millions have watched him glide gracefully across the dance floor since Strictly Come Dancing first appeared on our television screens in 2004, so to have him with us in Newcastle is a great boost to British Airways' staff in our efforts in support of Flying Start."

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: "We're delighted that Anton is supporting British Airways and Comic Relief.

"British Airways' Heathrow service is a vital link for North East business and leisure travellers and one which sees nearly half a million passengers each year. We're pleased to support our airline partner with this activity."

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