5 Jun 2013

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