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Aer Lingus Regional celebrates first flight from Newcastle to Dublin

DATE: 25-10-13

Airline begins journey to fly up to 65,000 in year one

North East passengers benefit from easy connections to the US

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, have launched their first flight to Dublin. The airline will now operate two daily return flights to Dublin Airport from Newcastle and aims to fly up to 65,000 passengers on the route in the first year.

The addition of this route will facilitate Newcastle-based passengers flying to the US by connecting them to Aer Lingus mainline services to major North American cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto through Dublin. Passengers can complete security and customs pre-clearance on all of these North American routes from Dublin, for the winter travel period.

The airline celebrated the first flight to Dublin Airport from Newcastle with shamrock – themed cake, fizz and Irish dancers.

Dancers from the Hannon Murphy Irish Dance School in Newcastle entertained passengers at check-in to make their journey even more special.

One lucky passenger at check-in had extra cause for celebration as they received a complimentary pair of tickets to Dublin from Aer Lingus Regional.

Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy.

These measures include the launch of three new routes to Manchester, Birmingham and now, the addition of Newcastle to the airline’s route network.

The Dublin-Newcastle route will be operated by one of the airline’s new aircraft. Aer Lingus Regional have scheduled flight times to facilitate a convenient day return for business and leisure passengers.

Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan, said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating our first flight from Newcastle airport, where we’ve had a warm welcome from the North East with many passengers taking advantage not only of the Dublin destination, but also connections onto Aer Lingus mainline services to major North American cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.

“Passengers connecting onto US services at Dublin get the added benefit of pre-clearance of US customs, which can save passengers up to two hours in time on arrival. This is a huge benefit to passengers who can avoid a lengthy delay at customs.

“Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing our UK customers with easy, convenient and great value regional connections.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International airport, said:

“It’s great to see the launch of Aer Lingus Regional’s first flight from Newcastle to Dublin. The service has been very popular with both business and leisure travellers keen to take advantage of the convenient schedule and excellent service on offer.

“The check-in area today has been very lively with Irish dancers, refreshments and giveaways so it’s wonderful to see such a vibrant beginning to this new service.”

easyJet to launch London Gatwick flights

DATE: 23-10-13

- Newcastle’s largest airline flights to provide flights to the capital with new route into London Gatwick Airport

easyJet has today announced that it will introduce new flights from Newcastle International Airport to London Gatwick Airport from 30 March 2014.

The new easyJet route went on sale this morning and will provide the North East’s only air link to London Gatwick Airport from March 2014. Earlier this year Flybe announced they will stop operating the connection.

The new easyJet flights to London Gatwick will operate twice per day, six days per week with fares starting from £27.49 per person.

The new route will take the total number of routes operated from Newcastle International Airport by easyJet to 15.

Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager at easyJet, said: “We are pleased to add London Gatwick to the list of destinations served from Newcastle International Airport and continue to demonstrate our commitment to the North East of England.

“As London remains’ one of the North East’s key trading partners we have designed a frequent schedule which will make it easy for business travellers to reach the capital and affordable for everyone whether they travel for business or leisure.”

Dave Laws, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: "The announcement that easyJet will operate the Newcastle to Gatwick route from the end of March is fantastic news for the North East.

"This is a vital connection for those in the region who want to reach London and the South East, and it also gives passengers the opportunity to use the wide range of flights leaving from Gatwick Airport to destinations across the globe.

"We're very pleased that easyJet have seen the importance of the route and joined us in maintaining this vital link."

Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Leader of the LA7, added: "On behalf of Newcastle Airport's local authority shareholders, I am pleased to see the continued investment from easyJet in the North East. We know the airport's customers will take advantage of this route to connect to the capital, whether they're travelling for business or leisure."

Travellers looking to book their summer flights, accommodation and transfers in one place can find a wide range of flexible and affordable breaks from all easyJet airports on the easyJet Holidays website: www.easyJet.com/holidays or by calling 0843 104 1000.

*Fares are based on two adults travelling on the same booking

bmi regional announces Newcastle to Brussels service

DATE: 22-10-13

Only direct flight to link two cities

Launches 3rd March 2014

Award-winning airline offers full in-flight service

20kg checked baggage, 30-minute check-in

Fares from £69.99pp one way

bmi regional (www.bmiregional.com), the UK’s most punctual airline, today announced the launch on 3 March 2014 of a double-daily service from Newcastle International to Brussels International, the only direct flight to link the two cities. Operated by a 49-seater Embraer jet aircraft, the new route will offer business and leisure travellers the opportunity to reach the Belgian capital in just 75 minutes, from £69.99 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. The carrier was named Silver Airline of the Year at the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERA) awards in Austria this month.

“This is our first route from Newcastle International and we’re delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the north east of England to the Belgian capital,” said Cathal O’Connell, CEO at bmi regional. “This year we’ve launched over a dozen new routes from British airports and our new Newcastle to Brussels service opens up opportunities for those travelling for business and for pleasure.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re delighted with the announcement that bmi regional will be operating a new Brussels service from March 2014. The route is a key hub both for business and leisure travellers and one we are sure will be very popular.”

Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Leader of the LA7 Shareholders, said: “The launch of bmi’s Newcastle to Brussels service is great news for the regional economy. Connectivity is vital to enable businesses to grow and prosper and we’re sure that the regional business community will be thrilled with this announcement.”

Charles Bragg, Research & Development Director, P&G UK & Ireland, said: "P&G considers flights from Newcastle to Brussels as a vital transport link between our European Innovation centres in these cities and to enable engagement with the EU, so we are delighted about the announcement of regular flights. Good transport links are an important consideration for P&G's investment in the North East of England.”

Belgian travellers with also benefit, said Arnaud Feist, CEO at Brussels Airport Company: “Newcastle has been a very important missing link in our extensive network to the UK. We are very pleased that bmi regional, multiple winner of the Brussels Airport punctuality award for regional airlines and a long term business partner for Brussels Airport, will commence direct flights to the Capital of Europe.”

Brussels is renowned for its Grand Place - an 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.

Newcastle International is the third British airport to be linked to Brussels by bmi regional, which currently operates services from East Midlands and Edinburgh. The airline became independent from BMI in June 2012 and has pursued a sustainable expansion strategy whilst retaining full in-flight service and the highest customer service standards.

Aer Arann awarded at leading European aviation event

DATE: 08-10-13

  • The European aviation representative association award Aer Arann bronze in the ‘airline of the year’ category for recent achievements
  • Airline to reach its three millionth passenger carried since the beginning of the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus in 2010

Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, received an award for ‘Airline of the Year’ at the European Regional Airlines Association (ERA) annual industry awards ceremony in Salzburg, Austria, on Thursday, 3 October.

The ERA awards, attended by leading airlines from around the world, recognise the importance of regional operations by rewarding the success of regional carriers.

Aer Arann was recognised for the significant achievements the company has made in implementing its plan to grow the airline.

Over the past year, Aer Arann has made significant progress in implementing its ‘new beginning’ strategy, which aims to position Aer Arann among Europe’s top tier of regional airlines.

Their strategy included a financial restructuring of the company, a €144 deal for eight new ATR aircraft, the extension of the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus until 2022, and the addition of Newcastle to the Aer Lingus Regional route network.

The airline has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months and in the coming weeks is on track to reach its three millionth passenger carried since the beginning of the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus in 2010.

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is the representative trade association for the European aviation industry.

Collecting the Bronze ‘Airline of the Year’ award, Seán Brogan, Interim Chief Executive, Aer Arann said: "We are delighted to be selected as an ERA award winner. Our ‘new beginning’ strategy is transforming our airline.

"The combination of fresh investment, successful restructuring, fleet renewal, new routes, new staff and an extension of our partnership with Aer Lingus is enabling us to grow passenger numbers and set ambitious targets for 2014.

"We have come a long way in a short time, which is testament to the hard work of the full team of over 350 staff. This award is for them," Mr Brogan concluded.

Commenting on Aer Arann’s success at the awards, an independent judging panel said: "The airline had achieved a remarkable “rebirth” and secured new life through a new franchise agreement. It has been able to attract new investors and raise new capital. This expresses a confidence in the airline’s future and their management capabilities.

"Their campaign to pull traffic from surrounding cities in the UK to the US through a major European hub has been a clever move."

Metro line closure 13th October 2013

DATE: 07-10-13

13th October - No trains Airport - Regent Centre 7am-7pm

On Sunday 13 October the Metro service will not operate from Regent Centre to the Airport from 7am-7pm to allow for trackside maintenance. The bus replacement service number 900 will call at or close to all stations in the affected area. Trains will arrive and leave from platform 2 at Regent Centre. Your journey will take longer so please leave extra time for travel.

http://www.nexus.org.uk/

Airport invests in the latest Air Traffic Control Technology

DATE: 03-10-13

Newcastle International Airport has made a significant investment in new safety technology, a Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) system which has been certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The high tech system ensures that Newcastle International Airport uses the most up-to-date and advanced technology replacing conventional Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) equipment. The new system supports the airport’s primary radar and helps the airport deliver Air Traffic Control services across the region’s airspace.

WAM relies on five individual radar sites, four of which are located across the North East in Alnwick, Otterburn, High Spen and Sunderland. The system gathers information from aircraft such as the aircraft’s identification and altitude and receives replies at all of the sites. This allows the system to accurately fix the position of the aircraft within Newcastle Airport airspace and pass this information onto Air Traffic Controllers on the ground.

It covers airspace from Newcastle International’s runway out to 90 Nautical Miles (NM) in range which equates to 25,000 square miles of coverage up to 50,000 feet.

Richard Knight, Operations Director at Newcastle Airport, said: “This is an important project which ensures that Newcastle International Airport has the best available technology. We’ve worked closely with ERA, an international company credited with the invention of the WAM technology and we’re delighted that the system has been accredited by the CAA.

“This, alongside significant investments such as a new Instrument Landing System (ILS) and ongoing investment in the Air Traffic Control Tower, demonstrates the airport’s commitment to safety and progress.”

WAM is the latest in SSR technology which is fully compliant with the Single European Skies initiatives, approved by the CAA for use at Newcastle. It is wind farm tolerant, offering less interference from wind turbines due to the geography of receiving sites.

easyJet announces summer 2014 schedule from Newcastle Airport

DATE: 04-09-13

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has today announced its summer 2014 schedule from Newcastle Airport to 13 destinations across Europe. 

Over 1,600 flights are now on sale at www.easyJet.com, enabling passengers to secure the best fares early with more than 250,000 seats available for travel between 30 March and 15 June.

Key summer sun routes for 2014 include popular destinations of Alicante, Palma and Malaga as well as city breaks to Barcelona and Amsterdam. The airline has also issued fares on popular business routes including Belfast and Bristol.

Hugh Aitken, easyJet’s UK commercial manager, comments: “Today easyJet has launched its summer schedule from Newcastle Airport offering flights to over 13 destinations between March and June 2014.

“When developing our flying schedule we consider many factors including customer comments and holiday trends to ensure we’re offering the right combination of flights at a great price. easyJet also secures access to primary airports which take people straight to the heart of a destination to save time and money on transfers.

“Key summer sun destinations from Newcastle include Malta and Faro but we’ve also retained firm favourites such as Alicante and Malaga. Around 20% of easyjet customers are business travellers so they’ll be pleased to secure low cost flights to cities such as Belfast and Amsterdam.”

Summer routes now on sale from Newcastle include

• Tenerife from £31.99 one way
• Palma from £25.99 one way
• Amsterdam from £25.99 one way

Fares are based on two people booking at the same time. 

Travellers looking to book their summer flights, accommodation and transfers in one go can find a wide range of flexible and affordable breaks from all easyJet airports on the easyJet Holidays website: www.easyJet.com/holidays or by calling tel: 0843 104 1000.

Emirates’ Newcastle service on the up

DATE: 03-09-13

Airline Celebrates One Year of its Upgraded Boeing 777 Service

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, this week celebrated 12 months of the upgraded 428 seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily flight from Newcastle to Dubai.

Currently the longest aircraft to have ever operated out of Newcastle Airport, Emirates’ daily Boeing 777-300ER service was upgraded last September as the airline ploughed more resource and capacity into its North East hub. The aircraft upgrade has resulted in more than 2,000 extra seats per week between Newcastle and Dubai.

Commenting, Laurie Berryman Emirates Vice President UK, said: “It’s been a great 12 months for our Newcastle to Dubai service. Since we upgraded to the Boeing 777-300ER with its new flat-bed Business Class seats and Chauffeur Drive pick-up service, passenger numbers have grown by almost 20 per cent. In fact, we’ve just experienced our busiest month for passenger numbers, an increase of 40 per cent compared to last August.

"The route is not just popular with customers – Emirates SkyCargo has seen a huge demand for exports, experiencing a 46 per cent increase, in addition, freight tonnage carried on the aircraft increased by 26 per cent over the last 12 months, boosted by the cargo capacity of the Boeing 777.

“Our investment in Newcastle and the North East continues to be an important part of our UK operations. More people flying, more trade in and out of the region with Emirates SkyCargo and an increasingly popular Business Class product points to a very positive outlook for Emirates in Newcastle and the wider local and regional economy.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “The daily 777 service from Newcastle to Dubai remains very important for businesses in the region. It gives the regional economy a positive boost with impressive export and passenger statistics both showing strong growth. Passengers are flying to Dubai and beyond with the service and it really is opening up global opportunities for regional businesses. We are delighted with the performance of the service over the last 12 months.

“The service is very popular with North East holidaymakers. Leisure passengers have been travelling across the globe to exciting destinations such as Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, India, South Africa, Maldives and Mauritius.”

A Transatlantic Treat from Jet2holidays

DATE: 21-08-13

Jet2holidays is treating North East customers to a couple of transatlantic gems with the launch today of a 2014 city break to new destination Toronto, in addition to giving people a further bite of the Big Apple with an Easter shopping trip to New York.

These latest destinations are exclusive to Newcastle International Airport with the UK’s third biggest holiday company being the only operator to offer local people the chance to experience these iconic cities direct from their local airport. To celebrate a Jet2holidays mountie paid a special visit to the city to officially unveil the new routes to excited travellers.

Package breaks can be booked today starting from £749 return and secured with only a £60 deposit:

• Toronto: three-night break departing on 10th April 2014
• New York: three-night Easter trip departing on 17th April 2014

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “Today certainly marks a milestone for Jet2holidays at Newcastle International Airport with the expansion of our transatlantic routes. We are very excited with the launch of Toronto plus the introduction of an Easter trip to New York, following the success of our Christmas Shopping Weekends.

“We are thrilled to be giving people direct access to these exciting destinations from Newcastle. They are amazing places to visit with a host of iconic sites and attractions including Niagara Falls and the Empire State building and I’m sure they’ll be a success. The addition of these two routes reinforces our commitment to offering our local customers an unrivalled choice of great value breaks to a wide range of exciting European and international destinations direct from their doorstep.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “The launch of these special city breaks from Jet2holidays will, I’m sure, be welcomed by North East travellers. Both New York and Toronto are very exciting destinations with lots to offer and this latest announcement builds on the great range of destinations it offers from Newcastle.”

Direct Jet2.com return flights are also available from £499 per person including taxes.

For more information or to book a break visit www.Jet2holidays.com or for flights visit www.Jet2.com.

Aer Lingus launches new route from Newcastle

DATE: 19-08-13

  • Aer Lingus Regional launches new route to Dublin
  • Airline aims to fly up to 65,000 in year one
  • North East passengers bound for the United States can benefit from US pre-clearance on some US routes in Dublin

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today (19 August) launched a new route to Dublin Airport from Newcastle, as the airline continues to implement its growth plan, designed to return the company to profitability in 2014.

Aer Lingus Regional will now operate two daily return flights to Dublin Airport from Newcastle, beginning 24 October, and aims to fly up to 65,000 passengers on the route in the first year.

The flights between Dublin and Newcastle are on sale now.

The addition of this route will facilitate Newcastle-based passengers flying to the US by connecting them to Aer Lingus mainline services to major US and Canadian cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando and Toronto through Dublin where passengers can complete security and customs pre-clearance on some of these US routes from Dublin.

Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer passport and customs pre-clearance to some of the main US destinations.

Completing pre-clearance at Dublin Airport, operated and staffed by US Customs and Border staff, means that on arrival in the US, Newcastle-based passengers will be treated similarly to domestic passengers, avoiding delays often associated with US security.

It is estimated that this service will save passengers up to two hours on arrival at US destinations. 

Over 100,000 people fly to the US from the North East each year.

Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy which aims to return the company to profitability in 2014.

These measures include the launch of three new routes to Manchester, Birmingham and today, the addition of Newcastle to the airlines route network.

The Dublin Newcastle route will be operated by one of the airlines new aircraft and Aer Lingus Regional have scheduled flight times to facilitate a convenient day return for business and leisure passengers.

Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said that the addition of this new Newcastle Dublin route is the next step in the growth plan of Aer Arann which provides further options for passengers flying to Ireland from the North East of England.

‘We are delighted to announce the launch of our newest Newcastle Dublin route. This new route connects Aer Lingus Regional passengers in Newcastle with Ireland’s capital city and adds another of the main UK cities to the airline’s network for Irish passengers. 

‘Equally, the new route will enable Newcastle-based passengers to connect with Aer Lingus mainline services in Dublin where they can pre-clear security and customs for some of the main US cities, in advance of making their onward trip at reduced journey times.

‘Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing our customers with easy, convenient and great value regional connections. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new Newcastle Dublin service,’ Mr Fagan said.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that Aer Lingus Regional will be operating new services to Dublin this year. This announcement increases the schedule choice for passengers flying from Newcastle on this important route.

‘Dublin is a wonderful city break destination with a vibrant culture and fantastic tourist attractions. Business users will also be pleased with the convenient flight times on offer which allow day returns, an incredible benefit for regular visitors to Ireland.

‘The service also eases travel to and from the United States with swift customs pre-clearance at Dublin Airport’s fantastic new Terminal 2 facility. It presents a wide range of connection facilities for travellers which I’m sure will be welcomed by North East holidaymakers and business travellers alike,’ Mr Sanders said.

The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months.

Aer Arann operates 550 flights per week across 24 routes in Ireland, the UK and France.

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