29 Mar 2018

Newcastle Airport Preparing for an Eggcelent Easter Getaway

As the region prepares for what could be a cold and wet Easter, the North East’s largest airport, Newcastle International Airport, has today revealed that it expects over 60,000 passengers to travel through the terminal over the Bank Holiday weekend (30 March – 2 April) as they search for sunnier climes and city adventures.

The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is set to be the busiest travel weekend of the year so far and, over the four days, almost 450 flights are scheduled to arrive and depart, with the busiest single day predicted to be Good Friday. In total, almost 250,000 passengers are expected to fly to and from Newcastle Airport over the Easter school holidays (30 March – 15 April).

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport, said: “It’s no surprise that people are taking the opportunity to jet off towards the sunshine over the next two weeks. We’re also seeing a great appetite for city breaks too, with Madrid and Berlin particularly popular with holidaymakers in the region.”

The top seven destinations for holidaymakers in the North East this Easter are:

  • Berlin
  • Dubai
  • Faro
  • Hurghada
  • Madrid
  • Palma
  • Tenerife

Famous for its rich history, vibrant nightlife and family-friendly spaces, Berlin is a firm favourite with city break travellers in the region, while Madrid is a relatively new entry into the most popular destinations list. The Spanish capital is famed for its great food, cultural festivals and lively atmosphere.

The popular daily flight to Dubai with Emirates offers Easter holidaymakers the chance to take in one of the world’s most spectacular skylines or connect to hundreds of far-flung, exotic destinations such as Australia, Bali or the Philippines to name a few. A little closer to home, beach favourites Palma, Faro and Tenerife will be offering Easter travellers temperature highs of between 19 to 24 degrees – a welcome change from the recent cold weather experienced in the region. With even hotter temperatures – around 32 degrees forecast – and scuba diving opportunities a plenty, Egypt’s Hurghada has found its way straight back into the list of popular destinations on its return to the Newcastle line-up.

Graeme Mason continued: “We recently celebrated one year since Ryanair increased the number of flights to Madrid, Tenerife, Palma and Faro and so it’s great to see these destinations making it into the top seven Easter getaways from Newcastle. Similarly, the return of Hurghada has been really popular as passengers look for that guaranteed sunshine.”