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Work on the A1 at Coalhouse Interchange, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear


Passengers are advised that work is being carried out including installation of part-time traffic signals to the roundabout, resurfacing of the A1 slip roads, widening of the southbound carriageway of Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and Coalhouse Roundabout, carriageway widening to Lamesley Lane at the junction with Coalhouse Roundabout, widening of the carriageway to Coalhouse roundabout in the vicinity of Chowdene Bank junction and installation of new traffic signs and renewal of road markings.

Work started on 11 August 2014 and aims to be completed by 31 October 2014.  The work will take place overnight, starting at 20:00 each evening until 06:00 the following morning.

In order to carry out these works the agency will need to close the A1 northbound and southbound slip roads, Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and Coalhouse Roundabout, Lamesley Lane near the roundabout and partial closure of Coalhouse Roundabout.  During the works diversions will be clearly signed.  The following diversions will be in place:

  • A1 Slip roads – Diversion to Lobley Hill or Eighton Lodge Interchanges as appropriate
  • Kingsway South – Diversion via Eastern Avenue, Saltwell Road South and Chowdene Bank
  • Lamesley Lane – Diversion via Smithy Lane and Chowdene Bank

When complete these works aim to relieve peak – time traffic congestion to and from Team Valley and reduce accident risk. 

Newcastle tops Which? poll


Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted at the results of the latest Which? passenger survey which once again places Newcastle top amongst the larger airports.

“This is the second year running that passengers have scored us higher than any other large airport which is great to hear. Our aim is to be the most welcoming airport in the UK, and our staff and business partners work very hard to make passenger journeys through the airport enjoyable.

“We have worked particularly hard in the main areas of customer service including security. During summer 2014 so far, we have achieved 97% of customers through the security process in under 6 minutes.

“We are about to commence the main phase of a £14 million transformation of the airport departure lounge. The aim of this development is to give customers a new high quality experience and greater choice. We hope customers will agree that once complete this will make the experience in 2015 even better.”

Jet2holidays goes to Tunisia


Jet2holidays has today announced the launch of another scorching new route for Newcastle International Airport for summer 2015 – Tunisia! 

The addition of this popular North African destination, hot on the heels of the launch of new sunshine hotspots Antalya, Larnaca and Malta and Zante, brings further growth at Newcastle International Airport. Passengers in the North East now have an unrivalled choice of destinations for their sunshine getaway next year. 

The direct weekly services to Enfidha Airport mean holidaymakers can take their pick from stunning resorts which are perfect for families and couples alike, including Yasemine Hammamet, Port El Kantaoui and Sousse.  Package breaks can be booked today from £339 and only a £60 deposit plus Jet2.com flights are also on sale from £75 per person, including taxes.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We are thrilled to announce yet more exciting news with the launch of Tunisia. The addition of this new hotspot means that people living in the North East can enjoy travelling even further afield with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays.

“This year has been a really busy one for us at Newcastle Airport with extensive growth and the introduction of even more new routes for summer 2015. Tunisia is a fantastic addition to our services and with the reliable sunshine, I am confident that it will be an extremely popular holiday destination for us next year and beyond.”

Leon McQuaid, Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport said: “This fifth new Jet2.com and Jet2holidays route for 2015 further increases choice from Newcastle Airport.  Tunisia is a great destination offering excellent value for money and we expect both the flights and holidays to be very popular.”

Tunisia holiday information:

Boasting year round sunshine Tunisia offers a variety of attractions including desert safaris, taking in famous film locations of the ever popular Star Wars, camel trekking, Turkish baths and a host of archaeological wonders.  It also offers the ideal location for sport enthusiasts with first class golf courses and world class scuba diving spots, whilst shopaholics can hone their haggling skills and take advantage of Jet2holidays’ generous 22kg baggage allowance in one of the many Souks.

  • Newcastle: Weekly departures run from 27th May to 28th October 2015.  Jet2holidays package holidays start at £339 per person for 7-nights half board with Jet2.com flights available from £75 per person, including taxes. 

For more information or to book visit www.Jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com.

North East wins £1m advertising campaign


The region last night claimed victory in a competition to win £1m worth of advertising across Heathrow Airport, with over 19,000 votes or ‘likes’ for the region in the Facebook competition.

Heathrow, the UK’s only hub airport, has been running a competition where the public can vote for their favourite British region to receive £1m worth of free advertising at Heathrow with VisitBritain.

The competition on Heathrow’s Facebook page saw the North East go head-to-head with the North West, Northern Ireland and the Midlands.

The competition closed at 23.59 last night (4 August) and the North East successfully secured four advertisements for the region which will then be shown across digital screens in all terminals at Heathrow from the end of August until the end of November 2014. Around 13 million passengers a year already use Heathrow as their gateway to Britain’s regions. 

John Holland Kaye, Heathrow’s CEO, said: “I’m delighted to announce the winner of the Your Great Britain competition with Heathrow and VisitBritain is the North East. This beautiful region has really got behind the competition over the last two weeks, resulting in over 19,000 votes for the breathtaking image of Hadrian’s Wall.

“The competition in total received over 40,000 votes for all four regions so the North East should feel proud to receive this prestigious prize. Heathrow is the gateway to Britain and sees around 73 million passengers a year travel through the airport. With seven flights a day from Heathrow to Newcastle we hope the winning images will inspire passengers to explore the beautiful North East during their visit to the UK."

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Newcastle International is delighted to have played a part in securing this major £1m advertising campaign at Heathrow Airport on behalf of the North East. The way in which the region once again came together to achieve an objective proves what we are capable of if we have a common goal. Our whole is much greater than the sum of our parts. Numerous organisations and individuals played their part.

“Can I thank everyone that supported the campaign. Such a close result, with an epic race to the finish line, really shows that every single vote counted! I also want to thank Heathrow Airport and VisitBritain for providing us with this opportunity. Heathrow Airport is a critically important hub for the region, with BA carrying close to half a million passengers a year, making it our biggest single airline service.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of LA7, said:  “The North East is a fantastic place, rich in cultural heritage and with some of the most outstanding surroundings. What better way of showcasing our region to the world that by taking prestigious advertising space at Heathrow Airport – used by over 72m passengers a year. I for one am delighted that so many people got behind the North East to help us to victory and I look forward to welcoming visitors old and new to the region.”

Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which markets NewcastleGateshead nationally and internationally, said: "The whole region really rallied behind the competition and there was a tremendous last push to secure a win for the North East.

“It was evident from all of the social media activity that there is a great sense of pride in the region and it was this passion that really made the difference in the eleventh hour; we literally pipped Northern Ireland to the post with just a few hundred extra votes! £1m worth of free advertising at one of the world’s busiest airports will provide a significant boost, profiling the region to potential visitors and investors from around the globe. Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign and voted in the competition – every last vote really did count.”

North East Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “The fact that we gained 10,000 votes on the final day, bridging a significant gap to win in the final minute of the competition was hugely dramatic and is another example of how the North East mobilises for the greater good and how proud we are of our magnificent region. The efforts of people and businesses across social media over the last two weeks have been absolutely amazing.       

“Securing £1m of free marketing at one of the world’s largest airports can provide a significant boost to the North East visitor economy and provide us with the opportunity to showcase the North East and all its many attractions to people from across the globe.”

Joss Croft, Marketing Director at VisitBritain said: “Every vote really did count in this competition as the decision went right to the wire with over 40,000 votes registered in just a few weeks. I was delighted to see such collective campaigning across the winning region with tweets from Newcastle United FC, Sunderland AFC, local airports and the North East’s tourism industry all urging locals to get behind their area. It clearly worked, and now the beauty of the North East will be seen by millions of overseas visitors each day as part of VisitBritain’s GREAT campaign.”


Jet2.com and Jet2holidays Reveal a Fantastic Four


Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are continuing their growth at Newcastle International Airport with the launch of FOUR brand new destinations for summer 2015, Antalya (Turkey), Larnaca (Cyprus), Malta and Zante.  

Over 31,000 seats will be available to these sizzling sunshine hotspots next year.  In total, 673,000 seats will be available for summer 2015 with local holidaymakers being able to take their pick from 33 in demand destinations.

Weekly Jet2.com flights to the new destinations, all beginning next May, are available now from £75 per person, including taxes.  Jet2holidays great value package holidays are available from £299, secured for only a £60 deposit. 

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We are always striving to bring our passengers the very best choice of great value holiday options direct from their local airport and I don’t think they will be disappointed with these latest gems.  Malta continues to grow in popularity and the addition of Antalya, Larnaca and Zante means we now have three Turkish destinations, two Cypriot and six Greek Islands for people to take their pick from.

“With our fantastic range, coupled with great flight times and award winning customer service, we are confident we have the right mix to continue our growth in the North East, cementing our position as a top leisure operator in the region.”

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re delighted that Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have added these four great destinations from Newcastle. This will offer even more choice for our passengers and I’m sure the routes will be very popular.

“We’re enjoying a busy summer holiday season once again this year and it’s wonderful to see that summer 2015 is already shaping up to be even bigger and better!”

For more information or to book flights visit www.Jet2.com or for holidays visit www.jet2holidays.com


New destination information:

Antalya: weekly Jet2.com flights (Friday) start from £84 per person, including taxes and Jet2holidays 7-night package breaks are available from £299 per person.

Larnaca: weekly Jet2.com flights (Wednesday) start from £88 per person, including taxes and Jet2holidays 7-night package breaks are available from £379 per person.

Malta: weekly Jet2.com flights (Thursday) start from £75 per person, including taxes and Jet2holidays 7-night package breaks are available from £319 per person.

 Zante: weekly Jet2.com flights (Wednesday) start from £83 per person, including taxes and Jet2holidays 7-night package breaks are available from £319 per person.




Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has confirmed its commitment to further growth with the announcement today (22nd July 2014) of the return of daily Exeter flights from Newcastle International Airport. One way fares are on sale now from £29.99 including taxes and charges and available for travel effective 26th October 2014 to 28th March 2015,

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are pleased to announce the return of our Exeter route from Newcastle, and in doing so, make the South West so much more convenient and accessible. Flybe is committed to increasing connectivity both for business and leisure passengers.

“The decision to reintroduce this route from October reaffirms our commitment to listening to the needs of our customers and to confirming we are ‘the fastest way from A to Flybe.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, added: “We’re delighted with the return of Flybe’s Exeter service from Newcastle International Airport.

“This is an important route for both business and leisure customers and we hope to see thousands of passengers travel to the South West. For leisure customers, the Jurassic coast and its grand scenery is very popular.”

Flybe will now operate three routes from Newcastle as part of its 2014-15 winter schedule offering a choice of up to 62 flights a week.



Exeter (EXT) – Newcastle (NCL)

Effective for travel 26th October 2014 – 28th March 2015


Dep EXT 1040  arr NCL 1155  Dep NCL 1220 arr EXT 1335


Dep EXT 1555  arr NCL 1710  Dep NCL 1735 arr EXT 1850


Operated by 78-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft

One way fares inc taxes and charges from £29.99




Thomson Airways today (21 July) celebrated the departure of the first long haul Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Newcastle International Airport. Flight TOM 392 took off from Newcastle headed for Orlando Sanford, Florida this morning.   

Thomson operated this flight on board its plane Angel of the Sky which was named following a competition that ran in the region last year. The winner, Danielle Moore from Jarrow, was one of 288 customers who travelled on the flight. In addition to this route, Thomson Airways will also fly the Dreamliner on the first non-stop service from Newcastle to Cancun, Mexico.

The Dreamliner has revolutionised air travel and leaves holidaymakers more relaxed and refreshed than ever before, with comfort and wellbeing features on-board reducing the effects of jet-lag. It can also fly much further distances than similar-sized aircraft and is more environmentally friendly, using 20% less fuel.

The Dreamliner also boasts incredible space inside the cabins, with the lowest point inside the plane measuring more than six feet. To showcase this space, Thomson enlisted the help of local ballet dancer Oliver Blake from Sunderland who performed a variety of moves inside the cabin. 

Carl Gissing, Director of Customer Service at Thomson Airways comments: “We are delighted to introduce our Dreamliner to Newcastle Airport and are thrilled to be the first airline to operate this incredible aircraft from the North East. The aim has always been to ensure we offer Dreamliner services from different regions across the UK so that customers can experience this aircraft from their doorstep.

“The introduction of the Dreamliner is a major milestone in our journey of modernising the holiday experience. Customers travelling from Newcastle will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service – all of which will ensure the Thomson holiday experience starts as soon as they step on board this fabulous new aircraft.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: "The launch of the Thomson 787 Dreamliner is a historic milestone for both Newcastle Airport and the North East region.

"This is an amazing aircraft with the latest technologies on board which will offer our passengers a first-rate service to Florida and Cancun from Newcastle. This launch coincides with the start of the great summer getaway which will see nearly a million passengers travel through the airport over the school holiday period.

"We work very closely with Thomson to offer great products and experiences to North East travellers. I'm sure the Dreamliner will be an extremely popular choice for passengers from Newcastle."

Thomson was the first UK airline to take delivery of the Dreamliner in 2013 and launched the UK’s first ever Dreamliner flight on 8 July 2013, with customers heading from Manchester to Sanford, Florida and from Glasgow to Cancun in Mexico. Since then the fleet has made over 2,500 flights, carrying over 670,000 customers operating from Manchester, Glasgow, Gatwick and East Midlands airports to all of Thomson’s long haul destinations including Jamaica, Phuket in Thailand and, new from this May, Mexico’s Pacific Coast and the stunning Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. The arrival of the Dreamliner has been a big hit with customers with 96% rating their flight as good or excellent.

Thomson will take delivery of a further two aircraft next summer, bringing the fleet to eight. In addition to launching flights from Newcastle today, the Thomson 787 Dreamliner has also taken off for the first time from Birmingham airport this month and will take off from Edinburgh for the first time this week. From this winter, the long haul flying experience will improve further as the in–flight entertainment will be upgraded with an even wider choice of films, updated monthly and, the icing on the cake, drinks will be included free of charge in Economy Club on all long haul flights.

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Get into the Christmas Spirit with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays


Christmas comes early today as Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announce TWO exciting Christmas market destinations from Newcastle International Airport. This year, in the run up to the festive season, passengers can enjoy the fairy tale romance of Vienna or, brand new for 2014, the world famous Christkindlmarkt in Munich.

Return flights with the leading leisure airline start at £218.40 per person and ATOL protected Jet2holidays’ festive breaks can be booked now from £315 per person, secured for only a £60 deposit.

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “Our fabulous European Christmas market package breaks are always popular and we’re thrilled to add the magical city of Munich from Newcastle International Airport this year. There’s something for everyone in Munich; enjoy traditional Bavarian food and drink and browse for unique Christmas gifts in the huge market covering the heart of the city. Vienna, a city of nostalgia and romance, offers truly seasonal inspiration with a vast array of concerts, nativity displays and traditional markets. 

“All our festive getaways are perfectly timed to allow travellers to really maximise their break, with our early flights ensuring they can immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit as soon as they arrive! With limited places available we’re urging customers to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport said: “We are delighted Jet2.com and Jet2holidays are offering these pre-Christmas short breaks. The timing is fantastic for those wishing to do some Christmas shopping with a difference, as well as experience these interesting continental cities. A direct flight makes the journey easy and we expect the flights to be very popular.”

NEW Christmas Market packages are:

Vienna – departs on 28th November 2014 from Newcastle Airport. Package breaks are available from £399 per person based on 2 nights in a 3-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.  Prices include taxes and exclude transfers.  Return flight only options start from £310.40 per person including taxes.

Munich – departs on 5th December 2014 from Newcastle Airport.  Package breaks are available from £315 per person based on 2 nights in a 3-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Prices include taxes and exclude transfers. Return flight only options start from £218.40 per person including taxes.

For more information or to book visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com

Jet2.com serves up a slice of Madeira!


Passengers were served a slice of a delicious Madeira cake by leading leisure airline Jet2.com to mark the launch of its exciting new route from Newcastle International Airport.

The introduction of the sun-drenched Portuguese island, Madeira cements Jet2.com’s position as the North East’s biggest holiday airline, offering local customers a whopping 30 European sun, sea and city destinations to choose from.  Jet2.com flights to Madeira are available from £75 per person with package holidays available from £369 per person.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We hope the passengers on the inaugural flight enjoy their summer getaways to Madeira. The addition of this holiday hotspot from Newcastle International Airport further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing an unrivalled selection of great value flights and holidays for our loyal customers in the region!”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director, said: “The start of this new service to Madeira is great news for North East travellers who will enjoy even more choice from Newcastle Airport. Passengers wishing to escape the unpredictable British weather can enjoy the sunshine on this wonderful island and all it has to offer.”

The inaugural flight to Madeira follows the launch of Jet2.com’s service to Fuerteventura on 24 June. 

KLM brings the golden age of travel to Newcastle International Airport with its vintage DC3

DATE: 25-06-14

KLM steps back in time today as its iconic DC3 aircraft arrives at Newcastle International Airport. The DC3 flew in from Amsterdam and is embarking on a tour of the East Coast, with its first stop being Newcastle Airport.

A select group of passengers will experience the golden age of travel in a series of short flights showing a bird’s eye view of the East Coast. Built in 1944, the DC3 is the first ever commercial aircraft and passengers from Newcastle will be travelling in the same style and luxury as passengers in the pioneering age of aviation. Flying the DC3 meant that KLM led the way in modern European aviation, offering customers comfort on board and reliable flights in Europe, the Far East and beyond.

The DC3 aircraft, the Royal KLM Dakota PH-PBA was in service with the 8th Air Force during the Second World War. After the war the aircraft was acquired by his Royal Highness Prince Bernhard, Prince of the Netherlands, and later became the first official aircraft of the Dutch government.

After retirement in 1975 the aircraft became part of the collection of the Aviodrome museum. It was put back in service in 1998 and it has been flying ever since. In 2010 she received her current historic KLM colour scheme and was christened ‘Princes Amalia’, after Prince Bernhard’s great grandchild, the current heiress to the Dutch throne.

This year KLM celebrates its 95th year. KLM was founded in 1919 and merged with Air France in May 2004. Since then, they have formed a major player in the air transport industry. The two airlines operate the leading long-haul network on departure from Europe.

Warner Rootliep, General Manager UK & Ireland Air France KLM said: “We are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for passengers to experience aviation at its vintage best.  The DC3 is such an iconic aircraft and it is a historic moment to welcome it to Newcastle. Our regional bases are incredibly important to KLM and it is fantastic to be able to showcase our heritage to the local community.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “KLM are an important airline partner and we’re delighted to welcome this historic DC3 aircraft to Newcastle Airport. KLM’s operation from Newcastle has grown from strength to strength and reached 300,000 passengers in the last 12 months. We have an excellent relationship with KLM and look forward to further growth in the future.”

After the Newcastle flights the DC3 will continue its tour of the East Coast calling at Durham Tees Valley on June 26, Humberside on June 27 and finally at Norwich on June 28 before she leaves the UK to return to Amsterdam.

For more information on KLM log onto www.klm.com

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