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New Year, New York with Jet2CityBreaks


In response to overwhelming demand, Jet2CityBreaks has today announced its New York breaks are back for winter ‘16, with more trips than ever before for its North East customers, PLUS the exciting addition of NEW YEAR breaks – all on sale today.

A celebratory SIX trips are available this year direct from Newcastle Airport, plus all breaks to New York have been extended to four-nights with even more iconic three, four and five star hotels to choose from.

As in previous years, flight times are scheduled to the get most from the city that never sleeps, but this time there’s even more choice available; from family-friendly departures over October half term to squeezing in every last opportunity to shop, and of course the unmissable opportunity to welcome in the New Year in New York’s Times Square, there’s something for everyone.

Departures from Newcastle Airport to Newark are scheduled as follows: 

  • 23rd October 2016 – Half term trip
  • 18th November 2016 - Shopping/ sightseeing
  • 24th November 2016 - Shopping/ sightseeing
  • 1st December 2016 – Shopping/ sightseeing
  • 8th December 2016 - Shopping/ sightseeing
  • 29th December 2016 – New Year in the Big Apple


Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2CityBreaks said: “New York really is something to shout about, which is why we are thrilled to be able to offer customers this experience direct from Newcastle Airport. This is our most ambitious programme yet with more choice of flights and hotels than ever before. I’m sure these breaks, be it shopping, October half term, Thanksgiving and the newly added New Year packages will be a real cause for celebration!” 

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager of Newcastle Airport said: “We’re delighted to see the return of these popular flights to New York with and Jet2CityBreaks; with six dates to choose from, starting October half term through to the New Year, there’s now even more choice for the North East public to this popular destination.”

Whether it’s watching the sun rise from the top of the Empire State Building, cultured trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or seeing the bright lights of Broadway, a trip to New York is a must. And on New Year’s Eve itself, partygoers can watch the Times Square Ball drop at midnight and enjoy spectacular live performances for a night to remember!

Packages with Jet2CityBreaks start from £759 per person, and they can be secured now for only £60pp deposit. flight only options are also available from £399 per person, including taxes. 

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Air France KLM celebrates over 500,000 passengers at Newcastle International Airport in 2015
Air France KLM celebrates over 500,000 passengers at Newcastle International Airport in 2015


Air France and KLM together with Newcastle International Airport were celebrating this morning as the airline group celebrated over 500,000 passengers using the airline from Newcastle International in 2015.

Warner Rootliep, General Manager of Air France-KLM UK & Ireland, said: “Air France  KLM have a strong presence in Newcastle and the milestone reflects growing customer demand in the Newcastle region, as bookings are strong for the next quarter. We are committed to giving travellers even greater flexibility and the widest choice of medium and long haul destinations.

“Serving the Newcastle community helps to maintain Air France KLM‘s strong competitive position in the UK. Our services to Amsterdam and Paris connecting Newcastle to our 316 destinations in 115 countries around the world, allows the local businesses to trade globally. We look forward to celebrating more milestones in Newcastle and its wider region in the future.”

Air France and KLM offer daily services from Newcastle International Airport, providing passengers the opportunity to connect to Air France KLM’s worldwide network, at their respective hubs at Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Air France offers 20 weekly flights while KLM offers up to 28 weekly flights.

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport, said: “This is a remarkable number of passengers using Air France and KLM to fly from Newcastle in a single year.

“We have built up an excellent working relationship with the airline group and both routes are of huge significance to the region for both business and leisure travellers. We look forward to further growth.”

Vueling Airlines Take Off from Newcastle with Inaugural Flight
Vueling Airlines Take Off from Newcastle with Inaugural Flight


Vueling Airlines today launched the first of four special flights from Newcastle International Airport to Barcelona over the festive period.

Arriving under a traditional water cannon salute, the Spanish carrier is offering North East holidaymakers the chance to discover the vibrant capital of Catalonia this Christmas and New Year, before returning with a summer service in March.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome Vueling Airlines to Newcastle Airport.

“This new service offers extra choice and more opportunity for passengers looking to travel to Barcelona and beyond. Vueling’s extensive route network allows through-ticket connections to onward Spanish destinations such as Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid and Seville.” 

Gabriel Schmilovich, Network Planning, Scheduling and Slots Manager at Vueling, said: "We are delighted to launch our flights at Newcastle Airport.

“With Vueling, passengers from Newcastle will be able to travel at competitive prices whilst enjoying efficient services. Vueling operates modern aircraft, boosts a fully integrated website to any mobile platform, offers connecting flights via Barcelona, three fare classes and of course our own Excellence Class, which gives business passengers a premium experience for a very competitive price. This modern approach and the high quality-price ratio is what sets us apart from other airlines”.

Vueling’s regular service commences March 19th with further flights for Easter on March 24th, 25th, 28th and 29th. From April the airline will operate regular twice weekly services on a Tuesday and Friday, increasing to three weekly flights from June with the additional of a Sunday service.

In the summer, flights depart from Barcelona at 11:10 and from Newcastle at 13:50 and are operated using an Airbus A320 with capacity for 180 passengers. 

Vueling, the largest airline operating from Barcelona El Prat Airport and part of the International Airlines Group (IAG), owner of British Airways, Iberia and now Aer Lingus, covers close to 300 routes across more than 130 cities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, with a fleet of Airbus aircraft.

All flights are now on sale now through and travel agents.

Annual Christmas getaway gets underway


With Santa Claus coming to Toon, Newcastle International Airport is gearing up for the festive season with its annual Christmas getaway now in full swing.

Thousands of holidaymakers will travel in and out of the North East to visit family and friends or simply escape the UK weather to sunnier climes.

Over 100,000 passengers are expected to travel through the region’s biggest airport between Monday 21st December and Thursday 1st January 2015 with around 950 flight movements during this time.

Popular destinations include Dubai, the Canary Islands, Dublin, Amsterdam, mainland Spain and Geneva. Spanish low cost carrier Vueling Airlines are offering North East holidaymakers the chance to explore the vibrant city of Barcelona with four special Christmas flights ahead of their inaugural service in 2016.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Christmas is a wonderful time of year here at the airport. We always enjoy a busy festive season and this year is no different with thousands of passengers using our services.

“Our passengers’ journeys begin right here at the airport and this year, those passing through will get to experience our new £14m departure lounge. The new development offers a more informed choice on where to eat and drink while last minute shoppers could grab a bargain at one of our new retail outlets.

“It’s been a fantastic period for the airport in what has been our 80th Anniversary year and I would like to wish all our passengers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Discover The World

The festive season is a very busy time for the travel industry with many passengers booking up ahead of the summer holiday season. Discover the World from Your Airport and see where you can travel. For more information about flights from Newcastle visit

Foundation Carols Help Spread Christmas Cheer
Foundation Carols Help Spread Christmas Cheer


Children from across the North East helped passengers at Newcastle International Airport get into the festive spirt on Thursday.

As part of the airport’s partnership with the registered charities of Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC, children from West Rainton Primary School and Amberley Primary in Killingworth treated travellers to a number of Christmas carols.

The service was the latest in a number of charity events between the airport and its charity partners, which is well on its way to achieving a goal of £50,000 by the end of 2015, which will directly benefit communities across the region.

Newcastle United Foundation and Foundation of Light were announced as joint charity partners for 2015 and 2016 in December last year. Funds have been raised throughout the year with bucket collections in the airport and donations of foreign currency from returning holiday makers.

Airport staff have also taken part in fundraising events including an 80 mile walk and 80 mile cycle ride. In September, air miles were swapped for running miles, as eight employees completed the Great North Run.

Both charities have also benefited from various fundraising events as the airport celebrated its 80th Anniversary, including a special Race Day and Gala Dinner.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted with the success we have enjoyed in our first year with both charities. This is a unique partnership and marks the first time ever the two Foundations have come together as an adopted charity partner.

“It was fantastic to see the children signing in the terminal and with just over a week until Christmas, this was a fitting way to end our first year in partnership with both charities and also our very own 80th year as an airport.”

Richard Hopper, Foundation of Light Head of Commercial, commented: “The fundraising efforts of Newcastle Airport International, including its staff and customers, have been incredible this year. Their donations will make a real difference to those in need across the North East and on behalf of those who will benefit from this I’d like to say a big thank you!”

Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “The support from the Airport in 2015 has been fantastic.  We can’t put a price on the opportunities we have had to raise our profile amongst visitors to the region and the presence we have had around the site.  The fundraising efforts of the Airport staff have been outstanding and it’s with great appreciation that we invest their contributions into delivering programmes that make a massive difference in our community.”

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Aviation Minister officially opens Newcastle International Airport Departure Lounge Redevelopment
Aviation Minister officially opens Newcastle International Airport Departure Lounge Redevelopment


Robert Goodwill MP, Minister of State for Transport, has today (Monday 14 December 2015) officially opened Newcastle International Airport’s new departure lounge redevelopment.

Designed to provide a more straightforward journey for customers with a modern and vibrant feel, the £14million development has seen the entire departure lounge transformed in 2015 with a range of new shops, cafes, restaurants and bar areas.

Highlights include a new walk-through World Duty Free store and new food and beverage outlets; The Cabin, Bar11 and Caffe Ritazza. The Xpress Podshop, a self-service shopping outlet has been added, while existing brands WHSmith, Boots, Travelex, Accessorize and Traveller have moved into new stores.

The unveiling coincided with the launch of the ‘Discover the World from Your Airport’ campaign, a new brand initiative on the website,, showcasing the full range of destinations accessible from Newcastle. The new section of the website will include destination guides, a destination search page and an improved destination map.

Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill, who also viewed the Airport’s winter resilience operation plans during his visit, said: “Newcastle Airport is a shining example of how our regional airports lead the way with their service and range of destinations.

“The new departure lounge underlines Newcastle Airport’s importance as an engine of growth for the North East and the Northern Powerhouse. We are committed to supporting regional airports in their ambitions, with £20m funding for new domestic and international routes across the UK.

“I’ve also had the chance to meet some of the winter resilience crews here and applaud their work in ensuring this important link is fully prepared for the coming months.”

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “I am delighted the Minister has officially opened our new departure lounge.

“Our passengers’ journeys, whether business or pleasure, begin right here at the airport and it’s vital we give them the best possible experience. We have listened to their feedback and are confident the new development allows for a more informed choice on where to shop, eat, drink or simply relax before catching a flight.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, and Lead for the LA7 Shareholders, said: “This new development highlights Newcastle International’s role as a major regional airport and a key economic generator for our region.

“There is plenty on offer for the modern traveller and I am sure people from across the North East and beyond will enjoy these excellent facilities as they fly off, whether it is for business or pleasure.”

Newcastle International Airport unveils plaque to commemorate wartime role
Newcastle International Airport unveils plaque to commemorate wartime role


Newcastle International Airport has continued its 80th Anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate those who served at Royal Air Force Woolsington during 1939 to 1945.

The Airport was requisitioned as an auxiliary wartime base for the RAF during the Second World War before it was handed back in 1946.

Operations Director Richard Knight OBE, a former wing commander in the RAF who served for 27 years, was joined by Air Commodore Ian Forster, President of the Royal Air Force Newcastle branch and Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Graham to unveil the plaque, which is located in the terminal before security. 

Speaking at the event, Richard said: “We will never forget those who served and fought for our freedom during the Second World War.  I am delighted to house such a prestigious plaque that marks those who served at RAF Woolsington during such an important period of our history.”

Air Commodore Ian Forster, added: “We are all one big family who will never forget our old air force personnel both past and present.

“This plaque commemorates those who served at RAF Woolsington, but I think we should remember all the RAF servicemen and women from Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding areas.

“Proudly and thankfully we will remember them.”

Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Ian Graham, said: “This is a fitting tribute to all those connected to RAF Woolsington and I would like to give credit to both Newcastle International Airport and the Newcastle upon Tyne branch of the Royal Air Force Association in coming together to mark this special period.”

SSP to bring M&S Food to Go to Newcastle International Airport

SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is to enhance the facilities at Newcastle International Airport with the opening of a new M&S Food to Go outlet. The new facility is part of a major redevelopment of the airport’s landside facilities. Located in the arrival area, it will welcome its first customers later this year.

Commenting on the new opening, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said “This new outlet will provide exactly the right options for passengers. The small format M&S Food to Go (which is the first in the airport sector and ideally suited to the needs of the traveller) means that we can give customers a product range we know they want on their way home – as well as a great coffee offer.”

David Laws, CEO of Newcastle Airport said; ““We are delighted with this exciting news, which follows last week’s announcement of a new Caffè Ritazza to be opened later this year.  The fact we’ve secured the first M&S Food to Go concept within the airport sector is great news for our customers and demonstrates the strength of our partnership with operator SSP, as well as the steps we’re taking as an airport to create an exceptional customer experience.”

M&S Food to Go stores are small format stores selling M&S’ high quality, innovative food for ‘on the go’ customers and M&S’ market leading prepared meals. SSP has been operating the M&S brand since 2001, when it opened its first Simply Food outlet at London’s Liverpool Street station. Today the company runs over 50 stores across the UK. 

SSP to enhance offer at Newcastle International Airport with arrival of Caffè Ritazza
SSP to enhance offer at Newcastle International Airport with arrival of Caffè Ritazza


SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is to offer passengers at Newcastle International Airport a new food and beverage concept, Caffè Ritazza.  The new facility, which is part of a first phase redevelopment of the airport’s landside facilities, will welcome its first customers later this year.

The new facility has been designed to ensure that passengers flying from Newcastle will have a choice of high quality coffee offers, together with a broad selection of hot food, from breakfast through to late in the day.

Commenting on the new opening, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said “Working in partnership with the team at Newcastle International, we have carefully analysed the needs of passengers at this important gateway to the northeast. Great coffee, a good range of alcohol products and hot food throughout the day were top of the list. Caffè Ritazza will enable us to meet all these requirements from one outlet.”

David Laws, CEO of Newcastle Airport said “Having made a significant investment in our departure lounge over the last 12 months, we’re delighted to introduce Caffè Ritazza, accessible to all passengers and visitors on our check in concourse.  Caffè Ritazza has traded successfully in our departure lounge for a number of years and with a versatile product range, it will appeal to passengers and visitors alike. This is the first stage of our landside development and we look forward to further announcements in due course.”  

Ryanair launches Summer 2016 schedule from Newcastle
Ryanair launches Summer 2016 schedule from Newcastle


Ryanair, Europe’s No 1 airline, today (15 Oct) launched its Summer 2016 Newcastle schedule with 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga, which will deliver 270,000 customers p.a. and support 200* “on-site” jobs at Newcastle Airport.

Ryanair’s Summer 2016 Newcastle schedule will deliver:

  • 2 new routes: Alicante (5 x weekly) and Malaga (4 x weekly)
  • 3 routes in total (Dublin - 9 x weekly)
  • 18 weekly flights
  • 270,000 customers p.a. (100% growth S16)
  • 200* “on-site” jobs p.a.

UK consumers and visitors can choose from Ryanair’s 3 low fare Newcastle routes in S16 and can look forward to further improvements, as Ryanair continues its “Always Getting Better” programme, which includes new bases, a new personalised website, new app, new cabin interiors, new crew uniforms and improved inflight menus.

Summer 2016 Newcastle Growth

Alicante NEW

5 x weekly

Malaga   NEW

4 x weekly


9 x weekly


In Newcastle, Ryanair’s Deputy Director of Route Development, Kate Sherry said: “Ryanair is pleased to launch our Summer 2016 Newcastle schedule, with 2 new routes to Alicante and Malaga as well as a route to Dublin, which will deliver over 270,000 customers p.a. (an extra 110,000) and support 200 'on-site' jobs at Newcastle Airport.

"Our customers can look forward to further improvements in the coming months, including our ground breaking personalised website, with exciting new digital features such as ‘hold the fare’ and real customer destination reviews, and improved menus, new cabin crew uniforms and new cabin interiors on board, with more to come in Year 3, as we continue to offer so much more than just lowest fares."

"To celebrate the launch of our Newcastle summer 2016 schedule, we are releasing 100,000 seats for sale across our European network at fares starting from just £17.99, which are available for booking until midnight Sunday (18 Oct). Since these amazing low prices will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto and avoid missing out.”

*ACI research confirms up to 750 ‘on-site’ jobs are sustained at international airports for every 1m passengers.                 

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