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Extra seats as SAS route to Copenhagen proves popular


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  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 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


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 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

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


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


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

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  

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


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."

Calling all Paddys, calling all Patricias….to Dublin


Aer Lingus Regional has today put out a call for anyone named Patrick or Patricia in the North East to join them on the Ultimate Paddy’s Day Celebration in Dublin this St. Patricks Day, March 17.

All Patrick’s and Patricia’s in the North East are encouraged to tweet @AerLingus with #CallingPat tagging the friend that they would like to bring, to be in with a chance to win a return trip to Dublin, an overnight stay at the Maldron Dublin Airport Hotel and a visit to the infamous Guinness Storehouse for you and a friend.

A number of Patrick’s and Patricia’s will be selected at random. The lucky winners will fly from Newcastle Airport to Dublin on March 17 courtesy of Aer Lingus Regional, returning on Wednesday 18 March.

St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday. It is celebrated the world over but where better to celebrate all of Ireland’s culture and customs than on the Emerald Isle with the Irish themselves. Winners can take in the exceptional sights of Dublin at its finest from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse. Here, the lucky winners can toast their fellow Patrick, with a hand pulled pint of the black stuff.

It is a little known fact that St. Patrick was born in Britain about 385AD. St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and rumoured to have driven snakes out of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, as this is the day St. Patrick is believed to have died. Although his place of death is uncertain, some stories suggest that St. Patrick died in Glastonbury, UK.

Speaking today, Peter O’Mara, Business Development Manager at Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional said: "St. Patrick’s Day is our chance to celebrate all things Irish and the Aer Lingus Regional brand embodies this sentiment. We look forward to welcoming some of our valued customers to Dublin this St Patrick’s Day." 

Aer Lingus Regional operate flights from Newcastle to Dublin up to 3 times daily.

easyJet teams up with Northumberland College as students guide passengers on what’s hot for summer 2015


easyJet, Newcastle International Airport’s largest airline, teamed up with Northumberland College today to highlight the airline’s three new summer destinations from the airport to Split in Croatia, and the Greek islands of Rhodes and Corfu. 

The group of 12 students studying Aviation Services at the College headed to easyJet check-in desks at Newcastle International to showcase their skills and distribute a comprehensive travel guide on the trio of new routes. The students researched, compiled and designed the guide themselves and were given the opportunity to engage with passengers to provide top tourism tips to those planning their summer holidays.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: “It’s been fantastic to have worked with such budding and enthusiastic aviation students from Northumberland College today. easyJet is always trying to further enhance our customers’ experience and I think today’s activity has provided some great travel tips for passengers potentially looking to travel on our new routes this summer.

"Furthermore it’s really important for us to collaborate with local schools, colleges and universities as it enables us to support and provide practical opportunities to the future stars of the travel industry right here in Newcastle.”

Helen Bramley, Travel and Tourism Lecturer at Northumberland College, commented: “This has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain experience of working alongside a large airline. They have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with customers at Newcastle International Airport and offering advice about destinations.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “What a wonderful way to get the word out to passengers about easyJet’s three new summer destinations to Split in Croatia, Rhodes and Corfu. 

“The students have had a lovely morning chatting with travellers at check in about the new services and we hope passengers have found the information very helpful.”

easyJet flies to 17 destinations from Newcastle, with the airline’s new Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes taking-off in the first week of June. More than 20,000 passengers are expected to fly in and out of the airport on the three new routes this summer alone. All flights can be booked at

Local heroes and celebrity suggestions required to support new concept at Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport and SSP UK are calling on the North East public to put forward suggestions of local heroes and celebrities for a special ‘wall of fame’ in new facility Bar 11.

The wall aims to recognise a mix of local heroes and celebrities – anyone from the community, business or celebrity world with strong links to the North East region. Those selected will take pride of place on the commemorative wall within the new unit, which is to open on the 1st April.

With only 30 profiles to be featured, award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and Newcastle born Gordon Sumner – better known by his stage name Sting – has already secured a place on the wall. Showbiz celebrities, who are at the helm of hosting some of the UK’s most watched, and loved, television programmes and soap-stars will also be unveiled at the opening.

Gill Caleary, Commercial Director at Newcastle Airport, said: “We are looking to showcase local heroes and celebrities who you feel either support your local community or the North East region as a whole and have a story worth telling. They’ll have their face on our ‘wall of fame’. If you can think of anyone you’d like to suggest please get in touch!”

Members of the public are asked to submit their suggestions to by 10 March for consideration.

Submissions should include the name of the person nominated, their job or role and a short paragraph or sentence on what makes them a local hero or noteworthy regional celebrity.

Winners will be selected by a special panel and the winning entries will be displayed on the ‘wall of fame’ within Bar 11 when it opens. 

Bar 11 is part of the airport’s new £14 million development of its departure lounge. The premium bar will be operated by SSP UK and is designed to attract a diverse range of travellers through its variety of modern and fresh dining options.  

Newcastle Airport recognised as Thomas Cook Airlines most on-time airport

Following the arrival last year two brand new Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321 aircraft at Newcastle International Airport, the airport has been recognised at the airlines’ most on-time airport in 2014, which saw flights increase with a new daily flying programme to Dalaman in the summer.

Thomas Cook Airlines customers have also voted Newcastle the best airport for the speed of check-in and overall customer service, ahead of the airlines’ other UK bases.     

Cor Vrieswijk, Chief Operating Officer for Thomas Cook Airlines said, “Last year, Newcastle International Airport helped us deliver a great service to our customers, with over 92 per cent of our flights departing within the industry-standard measure of 15 minutes from departure time and top ratings from our customers too. 

“Newcastle has now been our best performing base for two year’s running, and we would like to thank the airport and all our partners for their support as we look ahead to new flights to Santorini and Hurghada this summer.”

Richard Knight, Operations Director at Newcastle International Airport said, “We’re delighted that Thomas Cook has recognised Newcastle as the most on-time airport and the best for customer service in 2014.

“We aim to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and these accolades from Thomas Cook recognise the hard work of our staff, who strive to deliver excellent service to our passengers and business partners on a daily basis.

“In addition, Newcastle was recently named Top UK Airport by Wanderlust and was also named Best UK airport by readers of Which? Travel in 2013 and 2014. We’re delighted that the hard work of everyone here at Newcastle is making customer journeys better than ever!”

After each flight, the airlines’ customers are asked to complete a questionnaire reviewing the service at the airport, on-board their flight and on their holiday.  In 2014, Newcastle Airport came top in speed of check-in and overall customer service of any UK airport used by Thomas Cook Airlines.   

Thomas Cook Airlines partners at Newcastle International Airport include Swissport, Alpha LSG, Airline Services, Flightcare Multiservices and Journey’s Friend Bonded Stores who along with the airport were recognised at a special presentation – alongside Thomas Cook Airlines pilot, cabin crew, ground staff and engineers based at Newcastle. 

Customers in the North East will continue to see more new routes, with new Thomas   Cook Airlines flights from Newcastle to Santorini and Hurghada this summer, along with an additional flight to Enfida, flight only offers and holidays are on sale now. 

The airline has introduced a total of six new A321 aircraft across its UK fleet in 2014, with three more to be added in 2015 and serves 24 destinations from Newcastle International Airport, with over 200,000 passengers each year flying with the airline.

As well as calling into any of Thomas Cook, Co-operative Travel or independent travel stores in the Newcastle area, Thomas Cook Airlines’ flight-only offers are available at Thomas Cook holidays available at, or by calling 0844 412 5970.

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