6 May 2014

More choice, more variety and more local routes for sun seekers in the North East

DATE: 06-05-14

Thomson and First Choice increase capacity from Newcastle International Airport and introduce two new routes

Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that in summer 2015 they will be increasing capacity at Newcastle International Airport through the introduction of over 7,000 additional seats and two new routes to Agadir, Morocco and Dubrovnik, Croatia bringing the total destinations on offer from Newcastle Airport to 35.

The move to introduce these routes is part of the UK’s largest tour operator’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport, and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations. The new routes went on sale on the 24th April.

Not only will customers from Newcastle be able to fly to some fantastic destinations, but they will also have the opportunity to choose varying durations – not just the standard seven and 14 night stays. Customers travelling from Newcastle will also have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels. These include the brand new for summer 2015 Thomson Sensatori Resorts in Ibiza and Turkey’s Dalaman region.

Local sun seekers will also be able to join Thomson Cruises’ brand new itineraries from Dubrovnik with the introduction of the new additional weekly flight to Croatia. They will have the opportunity to sail on Thomson Celebration on itineraries such as Grecian Legends and Croatian Classics, as well as taking advantage of the extensive cruise and stay programme on offer.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said of the move: “Adding additional capacity from the North East of the UK and the introduction of two new routes demonstrates our commitment to Newcastle Airport and the local area, 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, Newcastle International Airport added: “The addition of Agadir and flights to Dubrovnik is great news for the North East. It is a very long time ago since we last enjoyed flights to Morocco, while the Croatian flight allows travellers the option of both Mediterranean cruise and land-based holidays.”