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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.


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.

SAS Summer Sale 2013

DATE: 19-08-13

Great discounts on Scandinavian getaways from just £87 one way

Scandinavian Airlines’ Summer Sale starts today, 19 August 2013. With great savings on SAS flights to Copenhagen from Newcastle, why not book now a post-summer holiday. Bookings must be made by 27 August 2013 for travel between 13 September 2013 and 31 March 2014.

....spend Halloween in Tivoli Gardens – SAS flies from Newcastle to Copenhagen from just £87 one way

After the success of the previous years, Tivoli Gardens will open again its gates for the Halloween season – 10-27 October 2013. The Gardens will be decorated with pumpkins, scarecrows and all the other trimmings required for creating the right Halloween atmosphere for the whole family. Every day Tivoli's witches and heroes, Harlequin, Pierrot and Columbine, will be on the Halloween Square by the Open Air Stage before marching through Tivoli with the Pumpkin Band. And, after 6pm, Tivoli will turn into a scary zone for everyone of 12 or more.

Travellers in the mood for Scandinavian exploration should visit www.flysas.co.uk or call SAS on 0871 2267760 to find out more.


DATE: 08-08-13

Plane spotters, holidaymakers and airport staff welcomed British Airways’ first Boeing 787 to Newcastle International Airport as it touched down for a flying visit. (Thursday August 8).

The Dreamliner’s visit to Newcastle was part of the airline’s preparations for introducing the aircraft to long-haul flying this September.

British Airways’ customers travelling from Newcastle will be able to connect onto the Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced passenger aircraft in the world, when it begins flying direct from Heathrow to Toronto, from September 1, and to Newark, New York, from October 1.

The Dreamliner offers huge benefits to British Airways customers – including a whisper-quiet cabin pressurised 2,000ft lower than other aircraft (6,000ft), allowing customers to arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed and less jet-lagged.

The aircraft’s smooth ride technology also provides extra comfort during any turbulence. Bespoke mood lighting in every cabin can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and to wake them gently in the morning.

Customers can also enjoy the largest windows of any commercial aircraft, offering views of the horizon from every seat, or relax watching British Airways’ new in-flight entertainment system, which features more than 1,600 hours of programming.

The Dreamliner is also extremely fuel-efficient – burning 20 per cent less fuel than the aircraft it replaces.

British Airways has ordered 24 of the Dreamliners to arrive by 2017 as part of the airline’s £5bn investment in products and services to benefit customers. The airline’s parent company IAG has announced options to buy a further 18.

The visit to Newcastle helped to train British Airways operational staff based at the airport to handle the aircraft in the event of a diversion, as well as building the pilots’ flight training hours.

It also allowed British Airways’ staff who work in the airline’s Bamburgh Court offices to familiarise themselves with one of the newest members of the airline’s almost 300 strong aircraft fleet.

Richard Tams, British Airways’ head of UK & I sales and marketing said: "We’re very excited to have flown our new Boeing 787 Dreamliner into Newcastle International Airport, which hundreds of thousands of our customers use every year to transfer onto international flights at Heathrow.

"Our customers in the north of England are hugely important to us, and we wanted them to be among the first to see the new aircraft and to learn about all the benefits it brings"

Newcastle International Airport chief executive Dave Laws, said: " It’s wonderful to welcome the new British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Newcastle. British Airways is taking the Dreamliner to several regional airports that it serves and we are honoured to be the first.

"British Airways’ Heathrow service is a vital link for business and leisure travellers in the North East and one which sees thousands of passengers connect onto international services. These passengers will be able to enjoy the Dreamliner experience and British Airways’ excellent customer service."


DATE - 01-08-13

Thomas Cook Airlines has announced even more seats will be available on flights taking off from Newcastle International Airport next summer, all made possible with the addition of a day’s flying to Dalaman, Turkey – meaning the airline will have daily departures to this popular destination in 2014 and further cementing its long term partnership with the airport.

Coupled with the addition of a new-for-2014 flight to the popular Greek Island of Kos, there will be more choice for holidaymakers for next summer, with some great holiday deals already available.   

Rob Thompson, Thomas Cook Airline’s Director of Planning, said, “It’s great news that we’re able to offer holidaymakers in the North East even more choices for their summer break to Turkey or Greece from Newcastle International with our new flights.

“Newcastle International is a great partner for us and we’re extremely pleased that we’re able to offer an increased schedule for both our flight-only and holiday customers.  We’ve worked with the airport for many successful years and we’re very excited about developing our partnership even further.”   

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport added, “It’s great to see Thomas Cook Airlines recognising the demand which exists in the region for flying from Newcastle International Airport, and with increased flexibility we’re hoping that passengers will take advantage of these extra seats in 2014 to help encourage even more growth in the future.”

Thomas Cook Airlines serves 24 destinations from Newcastle Airport, with over 200,000 holidaymakers (which equates to 400,000 passengers) through the airport each year.

As well as calling into any of Thomas Cook or Co-operative Travel stores in the Newcastle area, Thomas Cook Airlines’ flight-only offers are available at www.flythomascook.com.  Flights to Dalaman in September and October in 2013 are available from £48.99 (outbound flight, including tax, excluding baggage and meals), with flights in 2014 available now from £65.99.    

Thomas Cook’s Summer 2014 holidays available now at www.thomascook.com, or by calling 0844 412 5970.

Commenting on the increase in local departures to Turkey and Greece, Thomas Cook Newcastle Northumberland Street branch manager Sandra Foreman said, “We always see demand for local departures from Newcastle Airport - it’s the first thing people ask for.  These new flights will mean that we are now able to offer even more holidays and different durations to our top destinations – great news for holidaymakers in our region.”    

Masterplan 2030 - Airport unveils its vision for the future

DATE: 25-07-13

Newcastle Interational Airport has today (Thursday 25th July 2013) launched its masterplan 2013-2030. The masterplan highlights the ambitions of the North East’s main airport up to 2030 and outlines the significant economic benefits the airport will deliver to the region over the next two decades.

The launch marks the beginning of a major consultation process with the local community as the  airport gathers the views of neighbours and other key stakeholders on future developments and the impacts that these might have.

The masterplan shows how possible development requirements up to 2030 might look, including extensions to the terminal,  additional aircraft and car parking and improved access, alongside the creation of additional offices, hangers and warehouses on the southside.

It also outlines the airport’s major economic impact and its important role providing connectivity for the North East. Currently the airport supports 7,800 jobs across the region and by 2030 this will rise to up to 10,000. The completion of the new Southside Development has the potential to deliver thousands more.

The airport delivered £646 million to the regional economy in 2012, and by 2030 it is estimated that this figure will grow substantially to up to £1.3 billion.

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “Our aim is to be the UK’s most welcoming airport. As part of this aim we want to provide an improved airport, to encourage new routes and attract new customers. To do this we need to develop additional infrastructure, such as improvements to the terminal, better car parking and access, and the development of the southside, which will help diversify the airport business and secure new income sources.

“We want to help our neighbours and the wider North East region understand how the airport will grow in the future. We also want to demonstrate that we have carefully considered the local impacts our plans could have, including on the community, the environment and local roads. We’ve launched a consultation process in order to hear everyone’s view on our plans, and once all the responses have been reviewed we will consider whether any changes need to be made.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of the LA7, said: “On behalf of the Local Authority Shareholders I very much welcome the publication of this Masterplan. It is important that there is a clear plan for the future expansion of the airport in place. A growing airport with a wider range of global connections will be crucially important to the future economic wellbeing of the region and by preparing such a comprehensive plan, the airport is also able to inform local residents of the possible impacts the development will bring and identify the measures that will be taken to reduce these impacts.

“The Local Authorities will work closely with our Partners AMP Capital and the Executive team at the airport to move forward with these ambitious plans in a way that maximises the benefits to the whole of the North East.”

David Rees, Head of Asset Management at AMP Captial, said: “AMP Capital is delighted that the airport has produced this far sighted and thorough plan for its future. This is very much in keeping with its role as a key strategic asset for the North East and will help ensure that the very significant economic benefits it brings can be further grown in the future. We look forward to working with the Local Authorities and with the airport management over the coming years to implement this ambitious plan.”

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive at North East Chamber of Commerce, said: ““With such outstanding performance in export markets, connectivity by air is of crucial importance to regional business. The North East Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the efforts of the airport to grow passenger and freight volumes, and deliver new routes.

“This new masterplan is a bold vision for how the airport could look in 2030, and what the scale of the benefits of this investment could be to the North East economy could be.

“The team at the airport have set out the facilities and infrastructure required to deliver growth, and how they will manage the local impacts. It is now for the region to get behind this ambitious plan.”

Paul Woolston, Chairman North East LEP, said: “The North Eastern LEP will work closely with the airport on the delivery of this masterplan, particularly the Southside Development. Newcastle Airport is of crucial importance to the regional economy, in terms of jobs, GVA, and business connections. If we are to compete effectively in the global marketplace then we need to further expand the airport.

“With this framework we can now see how this expansion can be carried out, and can be assured that the airport have considered how the effects of the expansion will be managed. I look forward to working with the airport in making this vision a reality.”

As part of the masterplan consultation, the airport is organising a series of public meetings and roadshow events.

The full document, details about public meetings and contact information for the consultation process can be found at at www.newcastleairport.com/masterplan

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