13 Dec 2012

New easyJet flight to Amsterdam to deliver 30,000 visitors

DATE: 13-12-12

easyJet, Newcastle’s largest airline, today launched their first flight to Amsterdam from Newcastle International Airport – and estimate it will help to deliver around 30,000 Dutch visitors to the region over the next year. 

Passengers checking into the inaugural flight, which will operate up to five times per week, were greeted by easyJet staff in festive orange Santa hats – in recognition of the new Dutch connection and airline’s signature colour.

Hugh Aitken, UK Commercial Manager for easyJet, said: “We are delighted to add this new flight to Amsterdam which will make it more affordable for businesses to connect with the Dutch market, easier to enjoy a break in Holland and attract more Dutch visitors to the North East. easyJet now links Newcastle with 13 destinations across Europe and we are proud to be the city’s largest airline.”

Earlier this year easyJet added a new £20m Airbus A320 to Newcastle Airport, which has provided an additional 50,000 seats to and from the North East and extra capacity on popular routes such as Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast and Faro. The airline has also announced plans for a Newcastle to Jersey service which will start flying from the 26 March 2013.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re pleased that easyJet is investing once again in services from the North East. I’m sure the route will be very popular with leisure and business travellers alike.

“Amsterdam is an important international hub as well as a fantastic place to visit. It’s ideal for either a relaxed break or action-packed holiday. With a wide variety of museums and galleries, Amsterdam is a delightful cultural destination.”

Flights to Amsterdam start at £27.49 (inc taxes and charges) and depart Newcastle International Airport on Monday, Friday and Sunday – with additional flights on Wednesday and Thursday from February 2013. easyJet is the largest airline out of Newcastle Airport, operating more than 6,600 flights and carrying in excess of 880,000 people each year to and from the region.