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Footballers launch airport staff donation scheme
Footballers launch airport staff donation scheme


Newcastle International Airport has today announced a new scheme which will allow staff to donate directly to the airport’s charity fundraising partnership between the Newcastle United Foundation and SAFC’s Foundation of Light.

Players past and present from both clubs met with staff from the airport, which is celebrating its 80th Anniversary this year, in the terminal to launch the voluntary Give as You Earn scheme. Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez, Mike Williamson and Bob Moncur teamed up with Sunderland AFC’s Jack Rodwell and Jimmy Montgomery to encourage employees to sign up and make regular donations.

In December 2014 the airport announced a historic partnership, with both football foundations jointly becoming the airport's adopted charity for 2015 and 2016.

Both charities work with children, young people and families across the North East using the power of football to educate, encourage and inform in a variety of areas including health, sport and teamwork.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle international Airport, said: “The North East’s passion for football is unmatched. We know that many of our staff are huge fans of either club and this scheme will allow them to donate directly to the fundraising partnership, ensuring that they are able to continue their amazing work in the community.

“We’re delighted to have players from both clubs in the terminal to help launch the scheme, especially with the Wear Tyne derby less than a fortnight away.”

Phil King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, said: “It is fantastic to have the support of the employees of Newcastle International Airport and their partners. By donating from their wages each month, they are backing projects benefiting people in their communities and improving opportunities across the North East. It’s also a great example of organisations engaging their employees in two vital charities in our region.

“As well as their regular donations, we hope to get the employees involved in a number of events and challenges throughout the next two years.”

Keith Nicholson Acting Head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Newcastle Airport is launching the Give As You Earn scheme. Around half a million people across the UK donate money to charity in this way and provides a valuable way for charities to fundraise. At Newcastle United Foundation, our fundraising goes towards promoting healthy and active lifestyles in the most disadvantaged communities and without this, we could not do what we do. Our ability to inspire people to learn and reach their potential is built upon support such as this and on behalf of our participants I would like to thank everyone getting involved in raising funds.”

Members of the public can also donate jointly to the two charities by texting NUSA01 £5 to 70070 to donate and make a difference today.

Each season Newcastle United Foundation raises over £2 million to work with over 50,000 individuals; delivering 24,000 hours in the local community, is active in 200 local schools, seeing record levels of participation on all its sporting, health, education and youth programmes. To find out more about the Newcastle United Foundation and how it works with 50,000 young people and their families across the region each year, please visit

Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, and uses the power of football to involve, educate and inspire thousands of young people and their families through a range of award-winning education, sport, health and employability programmes. Projects are delivered to over 42,000 young people and adults throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham. Structurally and financially independent of the football club Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs. To find out more about their work, visit  

Anton du Beke quicksteps into Newcastle for Flying Start
Anton du Beke quicksteps into Newcastle for Flying Start


Strictly Come Dancing star Anton du Beke quickstepped his way to Newcastle this week in support of British Airways' Flying Start initiative to raise money for Comic Relief.

Anton touched down at Newcastle International Airport on Red Nose Day (Friday 13 March) to help boost the fund-raising efforts of British Airways staff, who have already raised £9.2 million worldwide for the charity.

During a quick "waltz" through the airport, Anton taught some dance moves to staff and passengers in the terminal before doing a "shuffle" across to the British Airways contact centre in Newcastle Business Park to meet staff there and "tap" into their support for Flying Start.

Angela Sumner-Cook, British Airways manager at Newcastle International Airport, said, "We're delighted that Anton agreed to join us as part of our Flying Start activities on Red Nose Day.

"Millions have watched him glide gracefully across the dance floor since Strictly Come Dancing first appeared on our television screens in 2004, so to have him with us in Newcastle is a great boost to British Airways' staff in our efforts in support of Flying Start."

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: "We're delighted that Anton is supporting British Airways and Comic Relief.

"British Airways' Heathrow service is a vital link for North East business and leisure travellers and one which sees nearly half a million passengers each year. We're pleased to support our airline partner with this activity."

Calling all Paddys, calling all Patricias….to Dublin


Aer Lingus Regional has today put out a call for anyone named Patrick or Patricia in the North East to join them on the Ultimate Paddy’s Day Celebration in Dublin this St. Patricks Day, March 17.

All Patrick’s and Patricia’s in the North East are encouraged to tweet @AerLingus with #CallingPat tagging the friend that they would like to bring, to be in with a chance to win a return trip to Dublin, an overnight stay at the Maldron Dublin Airport Hotel and a visit to the infamous Guinness Storehouse for you and a friend.

A number of Patrick’s and Patricia’s will be selected at random. The lucky winners will fly from Newcastle Airport to Dublin on March 17 courtesy of Aer Lingus Regional, returning on Wednesday 18 March.

St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday. It is celebrated the world over but where better to celebrate all of Ireland’s culture and customs than on the Emerald Isle with the Irish themselves. Winners can take in the exceptional sights of Dublin at its finest from the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse. Here, the lucky winners can toast their fellow Patrick, with a hand pulled pint of the black stuff.

It is a little known fact that St. Patrick was born in Britain about 385AD. St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and rumoured to have driven snakes out of Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, as this is the day St. Patrick is believed to have died. Although his place of death is uncertain, some stories suggest that St. Patrick died in Glastonbury, UK.

Speaking today, Peter O’Mara, Business Development Manager at Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional said: "St. Patrick’s Day is our chance to celebrate all things Irish and the Aer Lingus Regional brand embodies this sentiment. We look forward to welcoming some of our valued customers to Dublin this St Patrick’s Day." 

Aer Lingus Regional operate flights from Newcastle to Dublin up to 3 times daily.

easyJet teams up with Northumberland College as students guide passengers on what’s hot for summer 2015


easyJet, Newcastle International Airport’s largest airline, teamed up with Northumberland College today to highlight the airline’s three new summer destinations from the airport to Split in Croatia, and the Greek islands of Rhodes and Corfu. 

The group of 12 students studying Aviation Services at the College headed to easyJet check-in desks at Newcastle International to showcase their skills and distribute a comprehensive travel guide on the trio of new routes. The students researched, compiled and designed the guide themselves and were given the opportunity to engage with passengers to provide top tourism tips to those planning their summer holidays.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: “It’s been fantastic to have worked with such budding and enthusiastic aviation students from Northumberland College today. easyJet is always trying to further enhance our customers’ experience and I think today’s activity has provided some great travel tips for passengers potentially looking to travel on our new routes this summer.

"Furthermore it’s really important for us to collaborate with local schools, colleges and universities as it enables us to support and provide practical opportunities to the future stars of the travel industry right here in Newcastle.”

Helen Bramley, Travel and Tourism Lecturer at Northumberland College, commented: “This has been a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain experience of working alongside a large airline. They have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with customers at Newcastle International Airport and offering advice about destinations.”

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “What a wonderful way to get the word out to passengers about easyJet’s three new summer destinations to Split in Croatia, Rhodes and Corfu. 

“The students have had a lovely morning chatting with travellers at check in about the new services and we hope passengers have found the information very helpful.”

easyJet flies to 17 destinations from Newcastle, with the airline’s new Split, Rhodes and Corfu routes taking-off in the first week of June. More than 20,000 passengers are expected to fly in and out of the airport on the three new routes this summer alone. All flights can be booked at

Local heroes and celebrity suggestions required to support new concept at Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport and SSP UK are calling on the North East public to put forward suggestions of local heroes and celebrities for a special ‘wall of fame’ in new facility Bar 11.

The wall aims to recognise a mix of local heroes and celebrities – anyone from the community, business or celebrity world with strong links to the North East region. Those selected will take pride of place on the commemorative wall within the new unit, which is to open on the 1st April.

With only 30 profiles to be featured, award-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and Newcastle born Gordon Sumner – better known by his stage name Sting – has already secured a place on the wall. Showbiz celebrities, who are at the helm of hosting some of the UK’s most watched, and loved, television programmes and soap-stars will also be unveiled at the opening.

Gill Caleary, Commercial Director at Newcastle Airport, said: “We are looking to showcase local heroes and celebrities who you feel either support your local community or the North East region as a whole and have a story worth telling. They’ll have their face on our ‘wall of fame’. If you can think of anyone you’d like to suggest please get in touch!”

Members of the public are asked to submit their suggestions to by 10 March for consideration.

Submissions should include the name of the person nominated, their job or role and a short paragraph or sentence on what makes them a local hero or noteworthy regional celebrity.

Winners will be selected by a special panel and the winning entries will be displayed on the ‘wall of fame’ within Bar 11 when it opens. 

Bar 11 is part of the airport’s new £14 million development of its departure lounge. The premium bar will be operated by SSP UK and is designed to attract a diverse range of travellers through its variety of modern and fresh dining options.  

Newcastle Airport recognised as Thomas Cook Airlines most on-time airport

Following the arrival last year two brand new Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321 aircraft at Newcastle International Airport, the airport has been recognised at the airlines’ most on-time airport in 2014, which saw flights increase with a new daily flying programme to Dalaman in the summer.

Thomas Cook Airlines customers have also voted Newcastle the best airport for the speed of check-in and overall customer service, ahead of the airlines’ other UK bases.     

Cor Vrieswijk, Chief Operating Officer for Thomas Cook Airlines said, “Last year, Newcastle International Airport helped us deliver a great service to our customers, with over 92 per cent of our flights departing within the industry-standard measure of 15 minutes from departure time and top ratings from our customers too. 

“Newcastle has now been our best performing base for two year’s running, and we would like to thank the airport and all our partners for their support as we look ahead to new flights to Santorini and Hurghada this summer.”

Richard Knight, Operations Director at Newcastle International Airport said, “We’re delighted that Thomas Cook has recognised Newcastle as the most on-time airport and the best for customer service in 2014.

“We aim to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and these accolades from Thomas Cook recognise the hard work of our staff, who strive to deliver excellent service to our passengers and business partners on a daily basis.

“In addition, Newcastle was recently named Top UK Airport by Wanderlust and was also named Best UK airport by readers of Which? Travel in 2013 and 2014. We’re delighted that the hard work of everyone here at Newcastle is making customer journeys better than ever!”

After each flight, the airlines’ customers are asked to complete a questionnaire reviewing the service at the airport, on-board their flight and on their holiday.  In 2014, Newcastle Airport came top in speed of check-in and overall customer service of any UK airport used by Thomas Cook Airlines.   

Thomas Cook Airlines partners at Newcastle International Airport include Swissport, Alpha LSG, Airline Services, Flightcare Multiservices and Journey’s Friend Bonded Stores who along with the airport were recognised at a special presentation – alongside Thomas Cook Airlines pilot, cabin crew, ground staff and engineers based at Newcastle. 

Customers in the North East will continue to see more new routes, with new Thomas   Cook Airlines flights from Newcastle to Santorini and Hurghada this summer, along with an additional flight to Enfida, flight only offers and holidays are on sale now. 

The airline has introduced a total of six new A321 aircraft across its UK fleet in 2014, with three more to be added in 2015 and serves 24 destinations from Newcastle International Airport, with over 200,000 passengers each year flying with the airline.

As well as calling into any of Thomas Cook, Co-operative Travel or independent travel stores in the Newcastle area, Thomas Cook Airlines’ flight-only offers are available at Thomas Cook holidays available at, or by calling 0844 412 5970.

Historic anniversary year begins – airport launches new video


Newcastle International Airport is celebrating 2015 in style this year as it marks its 80th Anniversary with the launch of its new corporate video, Newcastle International - Your Airport In Motion.

The film, created by Jack Fisher, premiered at the Tyneside Cinema and will be available on the airport’s social media channels and website from 9am on Thursday 5th February.

The film gives viewers a unique, behind the scenes view of daily life at Newcastle Airport, the region’s largest airport which saw 4.6 million passengers in 2014.

The film was produced using time-lapse photography. This involves taking a series of stills which are then merged together to make a film sequence. The process spanned a number of months and offers a unique perspective compared to conventional filmmaking.

Footage includes flight arrivals and take offs, the boarding process, check in, travellers passing through the terminal and departure lounge and more!  The film is a collection of over 15,000 photographs.

The airport will mark its 80th birthday on 26 July this year and is planning a number of celebrations over the year including charity activity, social media and special events.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “This is an exciting year for the airport. Our 80th Anniversary year will see a host of celebrations with passengers, business partners and the local community.

“We’re delighted to start things off by unveiling our new corporate video, Newcastle International - Your Airport In Motion. This gives viewers a glimpse of the airport’s daily operations and we hope people enjoy it as much as we do!

“We’re sure that passengers, stakeholders, enthusiasts and the local community will really get behind this video as it does offer never before seen angles and footage of airport operations.” 

“The 80th anniversary celebrations don’t stop here! This year we’ll be working with our new joint adopted charities, Newcastle United Foundation and SAFC’s Foundation of Light to plan some exciting activity in our anniversary year including a charity Race Day and some extra special aviation themed fundraising. The details aren’t going to be made public until later this year but watch this space…

“We’re also looking forward to two very special events in addition to the anniversary activity, in May this year we launch our first ever transatlantic service to New York with United Airlines! The summer service starts on 23 May and will run until 7 September. We’re so excited for the launch of the route, tickets are on sale so book now!

“Later in the summer we look forward to the opening of our new departure lounge. The facility marks a £14 million investment from the airport and our business partners and will greatly benefit customers. New brands will join the offering in the terminal and improve the passenger experience. It’s all part of our goal to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and we’re determined to achieve this, especially in our anniversary year.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, said: “On behalf of the LA7 shareholders and our AMP partners, we’re delighted to kick-start the airport’s anniversary year with the premiere of Newcastle International – Your Airport In Motion.

“This film showcases our great airport. The airport is of crucial importance to the North East, contributing over £640 million each year to the regional economy. This film gives viewers a glimpse of what the daily operation at Newcastle is like and the hard work of the staff onsite.

“This year promises to be a busy one for the airport. As well as celebrating 80 years we will also launch the United Airlines New York service in May and officially open the new departure lounge development later in the year. We are very much looking forward to an exciting year!”

Film producer Jack Fisher, said: “Filming Newcastle International – Your Airport In Motion was a real pleasure. Time-lapse photography is the perfect medium to capture the many moving parts of an airport, so I was naturally attracted to the project when it was first suggested. I think it was great the band Jungle allowed us to use the track Time and I just really hope people enjoy the film.”

To watch the video visit one of the airport’s social media channels from 9am on 5th February.

‘Bag’ a New York Break with and Jet2holidays!

05-02-2015 and Jet2holidays are once again giving their customers the chance to jet to the city that never sleeps with the launch of their biggest and best ever choice of New York breaks for winter 2015 – on sale today.

A massive FIVE trips are available direct from Newcastle Airport, with an additional flight being made available due to the high level of demand from customers in the North East. 

The breaks are perfectly timed so people can experience some of the most iconic events in New York including the infamous Black Friday – the biggest shopping day of the year. Children will also be able to have a bite of the Big Apple with a special October half term trip.  Departures are scheduled as follows:

  • 24th October 2015 for 4 nights – Half term trip.
  • 5th November 2015 for 4 nights.
  • 26th November for 4 nights – Black Friday trip.
  • 4th December 2015 for 3 nights.
  • 10th December for 4 nights.


Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “We love New York and are thrilled to be giving people in the North East another chance to experience this fantastic city direct from Newcastle Airport. It’s our biggest programme yet, offering the best ever choice of trips. I’m sure they will be as popular as ever!”   

Jet2holidays package breaks start from £790 per person, including a generous 22kg baggage allowance for all that shopping – they can be secured now for only a £60 deposit. flight only options are available from £399 per person, including taxes. 

For further information or to book visit /

Newcastle Airport named Top UK Airport by Wanderlust Magazine


Newcastle Airport has come out on to top at the 2015 Wanderlust Magazine Travel Awards, winning the gong for Top UK Airport.

TV presenter Julia Bradbury presented the awards, held at the Destinations Travel Show at Olympia in London, which were voted for by almost 3,000 of the publication’s readers.

Over 30 airports were nominated in the UK category and a satisfaction rating of 86 per cent saw Newcastle Airport claim first place for the first time.

Janet Collins, General Manager Terminal Operations at Newcastle Airport, said: “We were one of over 400 airports that Wanderlust Magazine readers visited in 2014.  They are experienced travellers and they know what makes an excellent airport.

“To come first as the Top UK Airport for these readers, with a satisfaction rate of over 80 per cent, is a fantastic achievement and a real testament to the hard work of all of our staff who strive to make us the most welcoming Airport in the UK.”

This is the latest award in what has been a very successful twelve months for Newcastle Airport. In August 2014 Which? magazine readers voted Newcastle the top large airport in the UK for the second year running.

The aviation industry has also been delighted with the performance of Newcastle Airport. Last year the airport was named the best base for customer service by easyJet, the best for on time performance by Thomas Cook, and the top performing base for 2014 by Jet2.

“It's great to see the smaller regional airports coming out on top," said Wanderlust Editor Phoebe Smith. "Reporting a high satisfaction level, our readers clearly love Newcastle Airport, whether using it to travel within the UK or heading further afield. Well done to the whole team there – a well-deserved winner.”

Wanderlust magazine was launched in 1993. It caters for adventurous travellers who want fresh and authentic travel experiences abroad.

Thomson launches newly expanded youth brand with star studded event


Leading holiday brand celebrates the launch of Thomson Scene with a #MyScene event hosted by Chelsea TV stars

  • Event celebrated the launch of a bespoke collection of holidays aimed at young sun seekers
  • Hosted by Chelsea TV stars Lucy Watson, Oliver Proudlock and Binky Felstead
  • 15 Scene destinations available from Newcastle airport
  • Celebratory voucher code launched to be used online or in Thomson shops such as Northumberland Street and the Metro Centre

 Chelsea’s hottest ‘Scenesters’ hit the red carpet last night for the official launch of Thomson Scene, a new collection of bespoke holidays for the youth market. The Shoreditch event, held at the award-winning Callooh Callay cocktail bar, saw Lucy Watson, Oliver Proudlock and Binky Felstead go head-to-head as they competed to host the best ‘Scene’, taking inspiration from their favourite Thomson Scene holiday destination.

Millie Mackintosh also attended and celebrity DJ Jameela Jamil was in residence, playing the hottest holiday sounds throughout the evening for celebrity guests and party-goers.

Aimed at 18-35 year olds, Thomson Scene offers the perfect choice for sun seekers looking for a smart holiday base in some of the coolest party destinations.  From affordable hotels close to the action, to a selection of celeb style, luxury hangouts in 15 destinations from Newcastle airport, the newly expanded range of holidays offers a wide variety of options to suit all tastes. Hot spots featured in the Thomson Scene programme and available include the big hitting, party islands of Ibiza, Zante and Corfu and the chic spot of Croatia, as well as long haul getaways to Mexico. 

To mark the official launch, Thomson Scene has released a celebratory voucher code. All customers who book a Scene holiday before the end of January 2015* will receive £50 off when quoting 49196 online, 49200 in stores such as Northumberland Street and the Metro Centre and 49216 through the call centre at the time of booking.

At last night’s launch party each VIP host curated their own ‘Scene’ within the event, selecting the décor, canapés and signature cocktails to bring to life their chosen party hotspot.

Lucy’s Scene was inspired by the party island of Ibiza, taking on a glamourous vibe with a specially created champagne cocktail, The Ibiza Royale. Glitter Lips make-up artists on hand in Lucy’s Scene to get people into the party mood.  Talking about the event, Lucy commented: “It’s been so much fun picking out all the elements I love the most about Ibiza, and bringing them to life for the launch of Thomson Scene. Ibiza is such an amazing and glamourous holiday destination, I knew instantly that it would the perfect choice to inspire my Scene!”

Drawing on the laid back vibes of Thailand, to recreate a beach party Scene, Proudlock served his guests a brand new King of Siam cocktail. Proudlock commented: “I was quietly confident going into the evening, but the girls gave me some tough competition. When I was checking out all the amazing destinations that Thomson Scene offers, Thailand was an easy stand out choice for me as the perfect combination of awesome parties and chilled out days surrounded by beautiful scenery.”

The third Scene at the event was hosted by Binky Felstead and inspired by the vibrancy of Mexico, serving traditional Mexican canapés and the El Rivington Swizzle, a tequila based cocktail. She commented: “I was just lying on the beach in Mexico last week, and it was one of the best holiday’s I’ve ever had.  So, it was a no-brainer when asked for a theme for my Scene. There are so many super cool things about Mexico that I could get creative with to showcase the style of the destination, from colourful decorations, yummy Mexican quesadillas and delicious tequila cocktails.”

Mark Hall, Director of Product for Thomson, said: “Thomson Scene combines chilled pool days with lively nights and we offer a fantastic range of short, mid and long haul destinations from Newcastle airport inluding Ibiza, Corfu, Croatia and Mexico.  Our new youth brand offers sun seekers a wide holiday choice from affordable hotels close to the nightlife, to celeb style luxury hangouts which offer relaxation and the chance to experience some culture in the country they are visiting.” 

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