TUI 60th

 

Use the timeline below to navigate through our history:

1960 - 1969

1962/63
The first Sky Tours package holidays to Alicante, Benidorm, a small up-and-coming fishing village in Spain's Costa Blanca, began operating from Newcastle Airport in 1962. Euravia was the operating airline, which rebranded as Britannia Airways in 1964.

1963
New destinations were added to meet the increased demand from the region, including Costa Brava, Majorca and Genoa.

1966
The first Britannia Airways cabin crew were recruited to operate on two Bristol Britannia aircraft based at Newcastle for the peak summer. 

1969
The first Boeing 737 jet flight operated for inclusive tours with Britannia Airways. Newcastle hailed as entering the jet age. The new jets cut an hour off journey times to popular holiday destinations.

1970 - 1979

1972
Thomson Skytours and Britannia flights increased 40% year on year from the Airport. As a result, a Boeing 737 was based in Newcastle.

1972
Thomson Skytours recruited ‘Telephone Sales Girls’ based in Newcastle to cope with the increased number of holidays from the region. Thomson moved to a larger office on New Bridge Street, Newcastle.

1972
Thomson expanded their Newcastle operation into the winter months for the first time.

1978
New routes to Tenerife, Malta and Malaga were added to the flight schedule. 

1980 - 1989

1980
Newcastle Airport reached the milestone of 1m passengers, thanks to the additional based aircraft operating to Corfu, Crete and Rhodes.

1986
Metrocentre Gateshead opened, featuring a flagship Lunn Poly holiday shop.

1990 - 1999

1992
Britannia Airways based one of its 10 Boeing 767 wide-body jets at the Airport, which was able to carry 282 passengers. The airline and tour operators expanded by 27% year on year as a result of the 767.

1992
The first flights Britannia 787 aircraft took off to Orlando, Florida, from Newcastle.

1993
Britannia opened a new engineering facility at Newcastle Airport, based in the old Fire Station.

2000 - 2009

2000
Thomson, Lunn Poly, and Britannia were purchased by TUI, then known as Preussag AG, until 2002, when it became TUI AG.

2004
Britannia Airways rebrands as Thomsonfly. Lunn Poly rebrands as Thomson. 

2007
Thomson and First Choice merged. 

2008
The airline rebrands as Thomson Airways. First flights to Mexico, Dominican Republic and Egypt depart from Newcastle.

2010 - 2019

2013
Newcastle Airport became a full Thomson Boeing 737-800 base.

2013
Thomson rans a competition with the North East public to name their Dreamliners. ‘Angel of the Sky’ was chosen by listeners of Metro Radio’s Steve and Karen Breakfast Show.

2015
The first Dreamliner flights took off from Newcastle to Florida and Cancun.

2015
Flagship Thomson Holiday design store opened in MetroCentre.

2017
The UK’s leading package holiday brands Thomson and First Choice Holidays rebranded to TUI.

2020 - Looking the Future

2020
The aviation industry embarks on the biggest crisis it has ever seen.

2021
Following the relaxation of restrictions on international travel, TUI became the first airline to resume leisure flights from Newcastle Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021
The airline announced its largest-ever programme from Newcastle. A fourth 737 is based at the Airport, and a second 737 for winter.

Extra flights to popular holiday destinations, including Greece, Turkey, the Canaries, Egypt, and Florida, are added. Two new routes to Dubrovnik and the Costa Brava are also announced.

2022
Long haul flights resume from Newcastle Airport following a 2 year pause due to COVID-19.

2023
The first fly-cruises from Newcastle to the USA with Marella Cruises will begin. Departing to Florida, taking passengers to the Dominican Republic, Miami, the Bahamas, and New York City.