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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.


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.

Jet2.com unveils Croatian-inspired limited edition beer

DATE: 02-07-13

- Special Jet Brew created to celebrate first flight to Pula from Newcastle International Airport 
- Flights to Pula start from £46.99 per person, including taxes

Holiday celebrations start early for Jet2.com’s first ever passengers to Pula, Croatia, from Newcastle International Airport today, as the leading leisure airline gives passengers a unique taste of the Adriatic gem with a limited edition Croatian inspired beer.

‘Jet Brew’, the ‘Newcastle meets Croatia’ beer has been created by Jet2.com in conjunction with Tyne Bank Brewery and has been developed to reflect the finest brewing traditions of both Newcastle and Croatia. The result is a summery, light beer, which has a special blend of malts to create a red hue to complement Jet2.com’s distinct red logo!

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive Officer of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We are delighted to give our Pula passengers a sample of Jet Brew, our specially created Croatian inspired beer, as they take off on our first flight from the region.

“With its breath-taking scenery and wealth of culture to explore, Pula is our second Croatian destination available from Newcastle. This stunning city is proving to be extremely popular and we remain committed to giving our loyal customers in the North East even more choice and flexibility when it comes to selecting their holiday.”

Laura Halliday, aviation sales executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Pula is an exciting Mediterranean hotspot – it’s a historic destination which will attract both sun seekers and those wanting a cultural break. We’re pleased the first flight has been so popular with north east holiday makers and look forward to a very busy summer.”

In addition, ‘Pula Pint Week’ (1-8th July 2013), will see several Newcastle pubs selling Jet Brew on tap to help locals sample the Croatian favourite. Patrons will also have the chance to win a pair of Jet2.com return flights to Pula, with four runners up winning a complimentary tour of Tyne Bank Brewery and their very own case of Jet Brew to take home.

Julia Austin, Director at Tyne Bank Brewery, commented: 'We are extremely excited to launch both Jet Brew and Pula Pint week. Newcastle’s dark ale tradition is in direct contrast to Pula’s light lager, so developing a recipe that blends the characteristics of the two destinations was a real challenge but one I’m confident we have pulled off.”

For further information or flights visit www.jet2.com or for holidays visit www.jet2holidays.com.

Strike action 11-13 June 2013

DATE: 11-06-13

Updated 17:00

Industrial action by French air traffic controllers this week may result in some disruption to flights to and from Newcastle Airport.

Flights to airports in France and in other countries may be affected. Passengers with concerns about their flight are advised to contact their airline directly.

The latest flight information is available at www.newcastleairport.com/arrivals-departures

Airline contact numbers can be found at www.newcastleairport.com/airlines

Thomson and First Choice add extra 20,000 holidays from Newcastle Airport

DATE: 05-06-13

As the summer season at Newcastle Airport gets into full swing, tour operators, Thomson and First Choice announce increased capacity from Newcastle, creating an extra 20,000 holidays for North East travellers in 2014.

Thomson and First Choice will be offering customers new 10 and 11 night durations to Costa Del Sol, Kefalonia and Rhodes which will increase the number of weekly flights. North East holidaymakers will be able to fly to the exciting holiday destinations and have the opportunity to choose varying durations - not just the standard seven and 14 night stays.

Paul Cooper, Airport Negotiations Manager for Thomson and First Choice, said of the move: “Increasing our capacity from Newcastle International Airport demonstrates our commitment to the region and following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there. 

“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “This announcement is wonderful news for the north east travelling public. Even more passengers will be able to jet off on holiday from Newcastle Airport next year – with flexible options which will enable them to tailor their holiday to suit their individual needs.

“We’re delighted that Thomson and First Choice have made this further commitment to our region following a long and successful partnership with the airport.”

Customers from the North East will have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular hotels for flexible durations including 5Sun Holiday Village Rhodes and the 5T Atlantica Aegean Blue Thomson Family Resort.

The increase in capacity follows the announcement that Thomson Airways will also be operating the Thomson 787 Dreamliner to Cancun and Orlando from Newcastle airport from 21st July 2014. Thomson and First Choice will be the first UK tour operator flying customers on the 787 Dreamliner from their local airport.

Thomson and First Choice  summer destinations from Newcastle include, Florida, Sharm el Sheikh, Funchal, Malta, Cancun, Bourgas, Salzburg, Larnaca, Paphos, Corfu, Heraklion, Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Skiathos, Zakynthos, Naples, Verona, Faro, Ibiza, Mahon, Palma, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Alicante, Malaga, Reus, Enfidha (Tunisia), Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman.

For more information on Newcastle Airport visit www.newcastleairport.com

New state-of-the-art offshore fire-fighting training facility opens at Newcastle International Airport

DATE: 30-05-13

A brand new £1million, state-of-the-art, offshore training centre was unveiled today at Newcastle International Airport, which will see up to 6,000 offshore workers trained every year in emergency fire fighting.

The world-class facility has been developed by Offshore Training Newcastle (OTN) – a unique partnership of three of the North East’s leading training organisations: AIS, Newcastle International Airport and Maersk Training. Together these partners, under the banner of OTN, have ambitious plans to position Newcastle at the forefront of offshore training globally and help address the skills shortages currently being experienced offshore.

Each organisation brings years of specialist expertise to the partnership; AIS is an award-winning expert in offshore oil and gas training, Maersk Training is a world-recognised training provider for the offshore wind and maritime industries and Newcastle Airport has more than 20 years’ experience in delivering high quality emergency response fire training across a range of sectors.

OTN has invested almost £1million into the new 20,000 square foot centre, which has been designed to create one of the most realistic offshore emergency response training facilities in the world. The centre features a three-storey mock offshore platform rig with full size heli-deck, Super Puma helicopter simulator and internal structures which mirror those on an offshore installation.

Within these facilities trainees will be able to experience the heat and smoke conditions of a real offshore fire and learn the specialist fire-fighting techniques needed to overcome the conditions.

The centre has now been endorsed by OPITO – the training body for the oil and gas industry – which has accredited the offshore emergency response courses available.

The facility also complements AIS and Maersk Training’s existing 70,000 square foot bespoke training centre in North Tyneside launched last year. This provides onshore and offshore training for those working on oil rigs or wind turbines, as well as a raft of other industrial, engineering and health and safety courses endorsed by the world’s leading trade associations including IRATA, OPITO, SPRAT, IOSH, GWO and Renewable UK.

OTN is hoping to attract more than 6,000 delegates from across the globe to train each year on the dozens of professional offshore qualifications and skills training offered.

Paul Stonebanks, Managing Director at AIS, said: “Newcastle International Airport boasts years of specialist expertise in aviation fire fighting training and a vital transport link into the region - it was therefore the clear partner to complement our existing offshore training offer.

“Working collaboratively with Maersk Training and the Airport we can now offer a complete training solution to those working, or aspiring to work, in the offshore sector. The North East already boasts an excellent reputation as a service provider to the offshore sector and OTN is aiming to enhance this reputation further. Through OTN we will be able to fulfil every offshore training need with world recognised qualifications for the oil and gas, wind and maritime industries such as rope access, blaster painter, wind technician, emergency response and many more.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International, said: “This is an exciting new venture for Newcastle Airport and one which we believe will benefit both the offshore sector and the wider North East economy.

“Offshore fire fighters are more likely than others to face scenarios such as helicopter fires or pressurised oil fires. When you’re offshore you can’t just dial 999 and expect immediate assistance so individuals need to be well-trained and self-sufficient when dealing with these scenarios.

“With over 20 years’ experience of extreme fire fighting training, teamed with our new realistic simulated offshore environments, we are well equipped to give offshore fire fire-fighters the skills they need to cope with the worst-case scenarios offshore.”

Stuart Cameron of Maersk Training in Newcastle, said: “This new partnership is excellent news for the North East. Sectors like renewable energy are experiencing unprecedented growth and have resulting skills shortages that need to be plugged. That’s where the state-of-the-art facilities and complete training solution at Offshore Training Newcastle will help equip the workforce with the skills that are needed.”

Larraine Boorman, managing director of oil and gas industry skills body OPITO, said: “Skills training and workforce safety are at the heart of the energy industry. Regional trends may differ, the impact of effective training strategies across operators, service companies and contractors can vary, but the over-riding need for a skilled and competent workforce remains the same.

“This new facility not only provides an excellent resource for the region, it plays its part in expanding the footprint of training excellence across the UK, opening up access to vital safety and emergency response training for the local workforce.”

To find out more contact 0844 800 0209 or visit www.offshoretrainingnewcastle.com

Here comes the sun! Holiday charter schedule begins at Newcastle Airport

DATE: 03-05-13

Summer has officially begun at Newcastle International Airport as airlines and tour operators begin their busy summer schedules from the region’s largest airport.

Nearly 3 million passengers will pass through the airport between May and October this year with 865,000 passengers travelling on charter services to popular holiday destinations.

The summer season at Newcastle begins in early May and will see over 120 charter flights a week fly off to a wide range of sunny holiday destinations. This is in addition to the existing range of scheduled and low cost routes planned to operate this summer.

The start of the charter season also ties in with the Bank Holiday period. The airport is expecting 25,000 departing passengers between Friday 3 May and Monday 6 May.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle Airport, said: “We’re geared up and ready for a busy bank holiday and summer season. This summer will see millions of passengers passing through the airport.

“Holidaymakers will be jetting off to exciting holiday destinations such as Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, Malta, Spain, the USA and Caribbean from the UK’s fifth largest charter airport.

“Our tour operator partners including Jewel in the Crown, Just Sunshine, Olympic, Balkan Holidays, Air Malta and Thomson and Thomas Cook have sought to meet most people’s needs for a summer break with their holidays from Newcastle. Travellers dream about this time of year when they can jet off in to the sunshine and enjoy fun filled holidays and create memories which last a lifetime.

“Thousands of families will use our services this year and we’ve rolled-out customer service refresher courses for all staff to ensure that all customers have the best experience possible this summer. Our goal is to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and yet again we are going above and beyond for our customers.”

Passengers travelling through the airport this summer will experience the airport’s spacious terminal development which officially opened last year.

The £3.2 million three-storey terminal development created an additional 5,242 sq. ft. of security search accommodation. The area can provide up to 10 lanes in total to screen hand luggage ahead of entry into the departure lounge, five more than were in operation.

The investment also includes significant changes to immigration areas and both the domestic and international baggage halls to further improve the customer’s journey through the airport.

At the Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards ceremony 2012, Newcastle was awarded the 'Best Airport with up to six million passengers in the UK' for the fourth year running voted for by some of the world’s leading airlines and tour operators.

New airport clock to mark the Diamond Jubilee

DATE: 02-05-13

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear, Mr Nigel Sherlock OBE and Newcastle Airport’s Chief Executive, Dave Laws, today officially unveiled The Airport Clock, a bespoke design to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The clock was commissioned by the Lieutenancy Office, on behalf of the people of Tyne and Wear to commemorate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Lord-Lieutenant and Dave Laws officially cut the ribbon to celebrate the installation and were joined by Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Fred Hoult, Deputy Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Robert Heron, Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Eileen Leask, Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Malcolm Brain and Chairman of North Tyneside, Councillor Frank Lott.

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle Airport, said: “We’re honoured to have been gifted this wonderful clock in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and to be joined civic dignitaries from across the region.

“We serve 4.4 million passengers a year and welcome customers from across the UK and beyond. I am sure The Airport Clock will be admired by many passing through our arrivals hall. It’s a wonderful welcome to the region.”

Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Nigel Sherlock, said: “Newcastle International Airport serves millions of passengers each year and as such an important regional asset we felt this was the ideal place to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year.

“We’re thrilled with the clock design and its place within the airport. The Airport Clock and the spirit of the Jubilee year will be enjoyed by millions of passengers for many years to come.”

The brushed steel design was created by Smith of Derby clock makers and is located within the airport terminal beside domestic arrivals.

SAS app off to a flying start

DATE: 26-04-13

- Scandinavian Airlines launched new booking app

This month, Scandinavian Airlines launched its new app which can be used to book trips to all its destinations directly on a smart phone or tablet device. SAS customers can now easily book, check in, choose a seat on board and receive their mobile boarding pass on their phone or device. The SAS app has already been downloaded nearly 100,000 times and is ranked as the no 1 free app in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

This is just one of the ways in which SAS is continuing to create innovative solutions that make travelling easier for its customers.

"We are really pleased about the positive feedback we received on the app. It has now been downloaded nearly 100,000 times and has been given top marks by our customers, so we are very happy," says Christina Ericsson, VP Global Digital Sales at SAS.

The app allows users to book and pay for flights in three easy steps, with payment accepted in currencies such as Euros, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Kronor. In addition, customers can easily:

• Check in and select a seat (available from many places)
• Receive a mobile boarding pass (available from many places)
• View the status of flights booked
• Pay in full or in part using EuroBonus points
• Access their EuroBonus account
• Change flights
• Find recent social media info and travel ideas
• Read information about passenger rights

"We will continue to have a strong focus on the development of digital services, particularly mobile, as part of our efforts to simplify travel for our customers," says Christina Ericsson, VP Global Digital Sales at SAS.

The app is available to all EuroBonus members, currently over three million people. It also gives non-members the opportunity to apply for EuroBonus membership. The app is available for both iPhone and Android in the majority of countries to which SAS flies and can be downloaded free from the App Store or Google Play.

To find out more, visit www.flysas.com/app

For more information on SAS, visit www.flysas.co.uk

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