27 Mar 2014

New easyJet route offers flying start to local entrepreneurs’ expansion plans

DATE: 27-03-14

easyJet, the largest airline at Newcastle International Airport, has celebrated the launch of new flights to London Gatwick by helping three local entrepreneurs get a flying start to their expansion plans.

From Sunday (30 March) easyJet will launch flights between Newcastle International and London Gatwick, safeguarding the connection following Flybe’s decision to exit. To celebrate the launch, easyJet has partnered with the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) to offer three North East-based businesses a year’s worth of free flights which will help them to showcase their products in London.  

Catering company ‘Love Food’, digital firm ‘EventSneaker’ and online Butchers ‘Great British Meat Company’ intend to use their flights to reach business meetings, attend events and secure new business in London to support their expansion plans. 

easyJet expects to carry around 105,000 passengers on the new London flights annually and will offer a twice daily connection from Newcastle International with prices starting from £24.49 one-way.

Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager at easyJet, said: “We’re pleased to add another new easyJet route from Newcastle International and help safeguard air links between London Gatwick and the North East. Ensuring there is affordable, quick and reliable access between these economic hubs will help businesses and inward investment continue to thrive. 

“To underline the importance of the flights for the business community we have linked with the North East Chamber of Commerce to provide three local entrepreneurs with a flying start to their expansion plans.” 

North East Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, commented: “Improving connectivity and access to international gateways is vital for North East business and the continued economic growth of our region. 

“It is fantastic to see easyJet recognising the potential for a route to the capital and helping some of our exciting new businesses make use of the service.” 

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted easyJet are taking over this important link offering their fantastic service and low fares. We expect significant numbers of business and leisure passengers to fly with them as London Gatwick is a great airport with direct train and road connections to London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The flights will also provide access to the 100 destinations easyJet serve directly from London Gatwick.” 

The airline will be supporting travel for the following North East-based enterprises: 

EventSneaker - www.eventsneaker.com

EventSneaker is an online platform for event organisers that provides a hub for users to send messages and organise their events from one place, accessible anywhere. The business will celebrate 10 months in business at the end of the month. 

Mark Stephenson, co-founder of EventSneaker, said: “I’m hoping that this new route will open up a new corridor for us so that we can take advantage of the business to be done in London, and hopefully bring some of it back home with us to the North!”

Great British Meat Company - www.greatbritishmeat.com

Launched in June 2013, Great British Meat Co. is an online butchers that provides locally-sourced quality meat at an affordable price for consumers across the UK.   

Sam Wass, Director of the company, said: “As a new business, it’s important for us to be budget savvy whilst maximising our time. We visit London often to meet with suppliers, so easyJet’s new route will help to make our travel more efficient.” 

Love Food - www.lovefoodltd.co.uk

Operating from their base in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Love Food offer catering services to the whole of the North East for all occasions, whether it be weddings, corporate catering or private dinner parties. 

Leanne McHugh, Managing Director, said: “Quite a few of our clients are London-based and are arranging events in the North-East, so easyJet’s new route will make linking with them a lot quicker and easier.”