20 Dec 2013

Newcastle Airport Christmas getaway

DATE: 20-12-13

Thousands of passengers head off for the festive period

Tis’ the Season to be Jolly at Newcastle International Airport this Christmas as thousands of passengers travel on holiday to see friends and family for the festive period.

Around 100,000 passengers are expected to travel to or from Newcastle Airport between Friday 20th December and 1st January 2014 with between 800-900 flight movements during this time.

Welcome home gatherings can often be found in domestic and international arrivals throughout the holidays as thousands fly into the North East to enjoy time in the region with loved ones.

The airport is open all year round and has four departing flights this Christmas day – all staffed by air traffic controllers, handling agents, and operational airport teams such as security and the airport fire fighters.

Popular destinations during the festive season include Dubai, the Canary Islands, Dublin, Amsterdam, Sharm el Sheikh, mainland Spain and Geneva. Newcastle also sees an increase in skiers heading for the slopes around Christmas time.

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are expecting a very busy festive season around 100,000 passengers using the airport. We have lots of flights in and out as families and friends make use of our services to travel across the globe. Some of our passengers are dashing off for some winter sun while others make use of our hub connections to make extra special visits over the holidays.

"Christmas has even come early this year with the announcement that Aer Lingus Regional will operate a Cork service from Newcastle from March 2014.

“As well as those travelling away we have thousands returning home to the North East for Christmas – our arrivals halls are vibrant and joyful places at this time of year and we’re delighted to be part of many people’s experience this Christmas. We would like to wish all of our passengers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

The getaway comes as Newcastle Airport looks forward to 2014 with new services to Brussels, Gatwick, Cork, Fuerteventura and Madeira due to operate.

Christmas stats

Biza Tax and Duty Free at Newcastle International Airport are gearing up for a busy peak shopping season as thousands of travellers make purchases ahead of the big day.

This Christmas the Duty Free store is expecting to sell: Over 1,000 Christmas fragrance gift sets, 1,500 Toblerone bars, 700 bottles of baileys, 500 bottles of Fizz and a whopping 2,200 bottles of Whiskey.

Gregg’s at Newcastle airport will sell around 1,500 mince pies this festive season.

Christmas Travel

Christmas can often mean passengers wish to travel with unusual items packed in luggage. Passengers are advised that the usual restrictions still apply to Christmas presents.

Wrapped Christmas presents packed in hand luggage must not contain any restricted items – even if it is unopened and beautifully packaged. If liquid items are under 100ml, they can travel in hand luggage but must be carried in a clear, resealable plastic bag.

All pyrotechnics or smoke-emitting devices, such as party poppers and Christmas crackers, are prohibited from all passenger baggage. For unusual items, it’s advised passengers contact their airline ahead of their journey to confirm restrictions.