24 Feb 2017

January gets off to a flyer

Newcastle Airport is celebrating a bumper start to 2017 after welcoming almost 40,000 more passengers through the terminal in January, a year-on-year increase of 16.2%.

Strong demand on non-EU routes to the likes of Dubai, Geneva and the Canaries saw the airport’s international traffic grow by 26.8%, while EU-scheduled traffic was up 30.6% due to an increase in capacity on Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2 services.

The airport’s approach to providing more city break destinations is proving to be a popular choice, with new services to Berlin and Polish cities Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw all performing strongly.

In March, the airport will further strengthen its range of city destinations on offer, with flights to Madrid set to commence with Ryanair.

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We recorded our strongest December in over 10 years in 2016 so we are naturally delighted to see the airport carry this momentum into the first month of 2017.

“January is considered to be a relatively quiet period but as we have continued to invest in the airport and add new routes along with additional capacity, we have experienced an increase in demand for our international services.

“We take our role seriously as the international gateway for the North East and will continue to explore additional routes to help ensure the region remains well connected for both business and leisure destinations.”