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Newcastle International Airport welcomes two new directors
Newcastle International Airport welcomes two new directors


Newcastle International Airport Ltd is pleased to announce two additions to its senior management team.

Nick Jones joins as Finance Director on 15 June. This is an executive, board level appointment, and Nick brings with him a wealth of experience from his previous role as Chief Financial Officer at Aesica Pharmaceuticals, and before that PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Nick replaces departing director Simon Fisher, who has left to take up the role of Finance Director at Banks Group.

John Irving joins as Business Development Director, also on 15 June. John joins the airport from Newcastle United Football Club where he held the post of Finance Director for seven years, and before that Proctor and Gamble.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “These appointments have been made at an important time in the development of the airport.

“Passenger numbers are growing, and the business is performing strongly, making Newcastle International one of the most successful regional airports in the UK.

“The Airport has won a number of awards for customer service and we have almost completed a £14M transformation of the departure lounge.

“Now is the right time to strengthen and diversify our senior team. I have worked closely with Simon Fisher over a number of years and I would like to thank Simon for the fantastic contribution he has made to the business.

“In Nick Jones we have secured the right person to fill this important role and ensure that we take the business even further forward.

“The creation of a new Business Development Director role is a signal of our intention to continue to expand the business, and diversify further. John Irving has an excellent track record at the football club and I am confident he will be a strong addition to the team.”

Nick Jones, Finance Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “The airport is one of the North East’s key assets and I can’t wait to join the team that is driving it forward.

“I hope that my experience and expertise will allow me to build on the successes of my predecessor, Simon Fisher, and help the airport business reach even higher levels of performance.”

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘I am delighted to join Newcastle International Airport at such a key stage in its growth strategy.

“I feel that my previous experience, combined with my passion for the region, will help further the goals of the airport and its already very successful team. The airport is a major North East success story and I am extremely excited for the future that lies ahead.”

Spanish Surprise from and Jet2holidays

04-06-2015 and Jet2holidays are already expanding their biggest ever summer 2016 programme with the launch today of their brand NEW destination from Newcastle Airport, Girona (Costa Brava).

The addition of this popular summer holiday getaway means people in the North East now have even more Spanish hotspots to choose from for their sunshine break next year, and 35 destinations overall.

With Girona, holidaymakers can take their pick from some of the most popular holiday resorts on the Costa Brava including Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.  Flights begin operating in May 2016.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said:  “We promised next summer is going to be our biggest one yet.   We’re now making it even bigger with the launch of this popular Costa Brava destination from Newcastle Airport. Our Spanish routes are some of the most popular so we’re thrilled to be further expanding these with Girona, giving our customers even more new and exciting places to visit. 

“This new addition shows our ongoing commitment in giving people the best choice of holiday spots direct from their local airport.  I’m confident it will be extremely popular for us next year and beyond.”    

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport said: “Spain is a very popular destination from the North East.  I am sure holidaymakers will welcome this new and Jet2holidays service, making it much easier to get from Newcastle to rest and relax on the golden Costa Brava beaches next summer.”

New destination information

Twice weekly departures run from 20 May to 19 September 2016. flights start at £45 per person, including taxes, with Jet2holidays package holidays available from £319 per person. 

For more information or to book visit or

easyJet give Newcastle International passengers ‘cool’ start to their holidays with launch of Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes
easyJet give Newcastle International passengers ‘cool’ start to their holidays with launch of Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes


easyJet, Newcastle’s largest and Europe’s leading airline, is today celebrating the launch of three new routes this week from Newcastle International Airport to Split in Croatia (2 June), and the Greek islands of Rhodes (4 June) and Corfu (7 June).

The airline handed out ice creams and beach bags to passengers travelling on its inaugural flight from Newcastle to Split this morning, helping to get their summer holidays off to a flying start.

With the help of the ice cream parlour at Vallum – a local artisan food hub on Hadrian’s Wall - easyJet passengers enjoyed a choice of gelato flavours, including a Greek-style Lemon meringue, classic vanilla and summery raspberry ripple.

More than 20,000 passengers are expected to fly in and out of Newcastle on the three new Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes from June to October this year alone.

Jennifer Groves, easyJet’s UK Regions Route Manager, said:

“It has been fantastic to mark easyJet’s new routes by meeting our first passengers flying to Split today. We hope they enjoyed this morning’s events and are confident they will love all that the Croatian city has to offer. 

“easyJet provides a great variety of destinations from the North-East with 15 exciting beach, city and ski destinations for customers to choose from. With easy and affordable service there really is something for everyone.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, commented:

“We welcome these new easyJet routes which will make it easier for North East holidaymakers to reach Greece and Croatia this summer.

“Rhodes and Corfu are long time favourites from this airport while Split offers the prospect of beach holidays as well as the opportunity for three and four night short breaks in and around this interesting city.”

The trio of routes are on sale now at, giving holidaymakers and business passengers in the North East access to a range of exciting and affordable destinations.  

  • Newcastle to Split, Croatia is a summer service flying on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Fares start from £24.24 one-way*
  • Newcastle to Rhodes, Greece is a summer service flying on Thursdays. Fares start from £28.24 one-way*
  • Newcastle to Corfu, Greece is a summer service flying on Sundays. Fares start from £24.24 one-way*

*Prices are per person, including taxes and based on two people on the same booking.

United Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights From Newcastle to New York
United Airlines Launches Nonstop Flights From Newcastle to New York


United Airlines today launched nonstop service between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport.  The flights will operate five times weekly until Sep. 7, 2015 (westbound).  It is the first-ever scheduled nonstop service to the U.S.A. from North East England.

“We’re delighted to offer the people of the North East convenient, nonstop flights to the United States for the first time,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales – U.K. and Ireland.  “This new service connects Newcastle not only with New York City but also with hundreds of other destinations throughout the Americas via United’s Newark Liberty hub, giving our customers a huge range of travel options.”

Bob Schumacher and David Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, were joined by Councillor Ian Graham, Sheriff of the City of Newcastle, and Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Newcastle International Airport today to inaugurate the service.

Commenting on the inaugural, David Laws said:  “This is a very proud moment.  Today’s inaugural flight to New York is the culmination of many years of work by the team at Newcastle Airport.  We have listened to what businesses and people across the region want and then worked incredibly hard to deliver this for them.  United Airlines is a major global operator and, through its Newark hub, provides a very wide range of onward connections.  I have said before that this has the potential to be a game changing route, and a significant milestone for both the Airport and the region. This morning the service gets off to a great start, and I am very hopeful that this success will continue so that we welcome the route back in 2016.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, commented: “The inaugural Newcastle to Newark flight is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Airport’s team and shareholders in opening up new markets for our leisure and business customers.  The route marks an important milestone for the North East and will further enhance regional connectivity, grow the regional economy, attract inward investment and encourage inbound tourism from North America.”

Malcolm added:  “We are working with Visit Britain and Visit England to promote the region to a new audience.  The new route shows the confidence that international business has in our region; now is the time for the public and private sector in the North East to work together and seize this fantastic opportunity.”

Flight Schedule

United is operating the flights with Boeing 757-200 aircraft featuring a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and 153 seats in Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

Flight UA159 departs Newcastle daily except Wednesday and Thursday at 9:10 a.m., arriving at New York/Newark at 12:00 p.m. the same day.  The return flight, UA160, departs New York/Newark daily except Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:20 p.m., arriving in Newcastle at 7:30 a.m. the following day (all times local).  Flight times are seven hours 50 minutes westbound and seven hours 10 minutes eastbound.

The Newcastle flights are conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark with an extensive network of services to destinations throughout the Americas.  From New York/Newark, United operates flights to more than 300 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 served nonstop.

United operates the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty International Airport.  Located just 16 miles from downtown Manhattan, the airport offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, with a journey time of less than 30 minutes.

Onboard Products and Services

United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service.  The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 6-foot, 4-inch lie-flat bed and features a personal on-demand entertainment system with a 15.4-inch touch-screen monitor.  BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports, noise-reduction headsets, amenity kits featuring Philosophy-brand skin-care products, duvet-style blankets and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.

United Economy features complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment.  Seats feature an adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.  Effective June 1, United will introduce an all-new, high-quality inflight dining experience in Economy on trans-Atlantic flights, including complimentary beer and wine.

United Economy Plus offers up to five inches of extra legroom.  Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane upon arrival. 

United offers nonstop trans-Atlantic service from more U.K. cities than any other airline.

From London/Heathrow, United operates up to 17 flights per day to six of its U.S. hubs: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C./Dulles. 

In addition, the airline offers nonstop service from Manchester to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Washington/Dulles, from Edinburgh to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Chicago, and from Belfast, Birmingham and Glasgow to New York/Newark.

For more information and to book flights visit or call 0845 6076760.

About United

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 373 airports across six continents. In 2014, United and United Express operated nearly two million flights carrying 138 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 34 new Boeing aircraft, including the 787-9 and the 737-900ER. United is also welcoming 49 new Embraer E175 aircraft to United Express. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 84,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL. and Jet2holidays Summer 2016 Scorcher and Jet2holidays Summer 2016 Scorcher


Following another record year, and Jet2holidays have today launched their BIGGEST EVER flights and holidays programme for summer 2016 from Newcastle International Airport, with a whopping 29 exciting destinations across the Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Canary Islands plus top European cities.

This bumper summer programme gives people even more opportunities to jetaway on a great value break with the leading leisure airline and package holiday specialist.  More than 750,000 seats will be available next year, a 12 per cent increase, with MORE FLIGHTS to Alicante, Crete, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Majorca, Reus, Rhodes and Zante.

To meet this increased capacity a SEVENTH AIRCRAFT will be based at Newcastle next year plus an upgrade to a larger aircraft means MORE SEATS on top routes Faro, Ibiza, Malaga and Menorca.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “This is going to be our biggest season ever.  We know what our loyal customers want; more opportunities to go on holiday to their favourite destinations.  This is why we are adding a seventh aircraft plus increasing capacity and flights to our most popular leisure routes from Newcastle International Airport. 

“It’s our best programme yet and we’re thrilled that even more people will be able to experience our great value holidays and award winning flights.  Roll on next year!” flights are available from £41 one way, including taxes.  Jet2holidays breaks are available from £329, all secured with a low £60 deposit.  For further information visit or

Charter season underway!


The Summer 15 charter season is underway at Newcastle International Airport as airlines and tour operators begin their busy summer schedules.

Nearly 3 million passengers will pass through the airport between May and October this year with approximately 850,000 passengers travelling on charter services to popular holiday destinations.

The summer season at Newcastle begins on May 1st and will see over 100 charter flights a week fly off to a range of sunny holiday destinations. This is in addition to the existing scheduled and low cost routes planned to operate this summer. 

The start of the charter season also ties in with the busy Bank Holiday period. The airport is expecting over 25,000 departing passengers between Friday 1 May and Monday 4 May.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle Airport, said: “Holidaymakers will be jetting off to exciting holiday destinations such as Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Malta, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the USA and Caribbean from the UK’s fifth largest charter airport.

“Our tour operator partners including Thomson, Thomas Cook, Jewel in the Crown, Just Sunshine, Olympic, Balkan Holidays, Red Sea Holidays and Belleair offer a wide range of destinations from Newcastle which we know are very popular with our passengers. 

“Travellers dream about their summer holidays and we know that people spend a lot of time saving for and planning these special trips.  This year, they can also enjoy a number of new bars, restaurants and shops which have opened as part of our £14 million departure lounge development. We’re delighted to be part of so many wonderful journeys each summer.”

This summer will see the launch of a number of new services. On 23 May United Airlines launches a new non-stop route to New York / Newark which will operate five times weekly. The route will operate from 23 May until 7 September and is on sale now. The route opens up travel across the US and Canada with over 300 connections available with United from Newark.

In addition, easyJet will launch new sunshine destinations of Split in Croatia, and the Greek islands of Corfu and Rhodes. Thomsons will begin to operate to Dubrovnik on 7 May, Thomas Cook launch Hurghada and Santorini this summer and Jet2 will begin to fly to Antalya, Larnaca, Malta, Zante and Enfidha (Tunisia) from Newcastle.

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


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


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


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:

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

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  

bmi regional increases service from Newcastle to Brussels


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.

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