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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.

BRITISH AIRWAYS’ FIRST BOEING DREAMLINER MAKES A FLYING VISIT TO NEWCASTLE

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."

THOMAS COOK AIRLINES BRINGS MORE FLIGHTS AND HOLIDAY CHOICE FROM NEWCASTLE INTERNATIONAL IN 2014

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

Metro line closure 4-30 August

DATE: 22-07-13

4th August - 27 Day Major Line Closure Haymarket to Airport and Four Lane Ends

Sunday 4 to Friday 30 August. During the line closure no trains will run between Haymarket, Airport and Four Lane Ends. Frequent bus replacement services will run between: Haymarket-Four Lane Ends Bus 900, Haymarket-Airport Bus 901and an express bus Central-Airport Bus X901. Your journey will take longer so leave extra time for travel. Trains running will not run to the usual timetable.

For more information, visit the Metro website.

Christmas comes early with NEW Jet2holidays and Jet2.com festive breaks

DATE: 18-07-13

Christmas has come early as Jet2holidays and Jet2.com today announce TWO exciting new Christmas market destinations, Vienna and Cologne, available from Newcastle Airport for 2013.

On sale today, the package holiday expert and leading leisure airline are helping local Christmas shoppers escape the high street humdrum with the new stunning European locations giving North East customers even more choice of stunning Christmas break destinations including New York and Prague. With packages for 3 nights from £199 per person available from Newcastle Airport, Jet2holidays’ festive breaks can be booked now with just a £60 deposit.

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer, Jet2holidays and Jet2.com said: “Our fabulous European Christmas market package breaks are always popular and we’re thrilled to add the magical cities of Vienna and Cologne from Newcastle Airport for this year. 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!

“Whether its soaking up the aroma of roasting chestnuts and mulled wine against the backdrop of snow capped landscapes in Prague or indulging in hot cider and giant pretzels at New York’s Union Square, our Christmas market trips really do have something for everyone. With limited places available we’re urging customers to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director, Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted that Jet2holidays and Jet2.com are adding these flights making it so easy for people to sample the delights of these continental Christmas markets, buy very special gifts for friends and family and enjoy the special atmosphere of these two great cities in the run up to Christmas. We know they will be very popular destinations.”

ATOL protected Christmas market packages with Jet2holidays start from £229 per person with return flights also available from leading leisure airline Jet2.com starting from £137 per person including taxes.

NEW Christmas Market packages are:
Vienna – departs on 29 November 2013 from Newcastle Airport with prices from £199 per person based on 2 nights in a 3 star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Prices include taxes and exclude transfers. Return flights start from £199 per person including taxes.

Cologne – departs on 30 November 2013 from Newcastle Airport with prices from £229 per person based on 1 night in a 3 star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Prices include taxes and exclude transfers. Return flights start from £169 per person including taxes.

Resurfacing works, A1 Allerdene Bridge, Gateshead.

DATE: 16-07-13

From Saturday 20th July, works will commence to resurface the A1 around Allerdene Bridge in Gateshead, lasting up to five weeks. These works will restrict traffic to one lane southbound, with two lanes northbound, in order to ensure that access to the airport is maintained without significant delay. From the airport, delays are however expected.

Overnight there will be road closures, with diversions in place. The Traffic Management procedures for these works are as follows:

A1 Southbound closure – Diversion route - Traffic is diverted of the A1 at Lobley Hill, diverted East on the B1426 before turning right into Kingsway North and South (Team Valley). At the junction between Kingsway and the A1 at Kingsway/Coalhouse Interchange traffic is diverted through Lamesley until it joins the A6127, taking a left to rejoin the A1 at Eighton Lodge.

A1 Northbound closure - Diversion route – The A1 is closed at Eighton lodge with traffic diverted of the exit slip road and diverted onto the A6127 towards Birtley, continuing for 0.6KM before taking a right and continuing through Lamesley rejoining the A1 at Coalhouse/Kingsway Interchange.

All diversions will be clearly signed and all closures will be in place between 21:00 and 06:00 the following morning.

Sunderland International Airshow 2013

DATE: 16-07-13

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Sunderland International Airshow, and Newcastle Airport is proud to be able to provide our help with this great event.

The stunning Roker and Seaburn seafront will once again provide the backdrop to a thrilling line up of flying displays over an action-packed weekend.

With a massive choice of exciting activities and entertainment on the ground, as well as the action in the sky, there promises to be something for everyone to see and do at the Sunderland International Airshow 2013.

As well as the events in Sunderland, Samson Aviation at Newcastle Airport will hold a Charity Community Day on Saturday 27th July to support Samson’s adopted charity – the Alan Shearer Foundation.

Please note you won't be able to see the spectacular Airshow event which takes place over Roker Beach, but you may be able to see some of the aircraft take off and land. The display will start with the Red Arrows at 1pm and close with the RAF Typhoon at 4:45pm.

There will be designated parking at £5 per vehicle, which includes entry into our prize draw. Food and drinks and other refreshments will be available to purchase on the day. We’ll also be holding a prize draw and raffle.

Directions

While driving south on the B6918, turn left on to the Airport Freight Road (as marked on the map). Drive up the freight road and you will see the parking area.

Price: £5 per vehicle

All proceeds from the event will go to Samson Aviation's adopted charity, the Alan Shearer Foundation.

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