Holiday makers delight as first ‘Green List’ flight takes off from Newcastle International Airport

Following the relaxation of restrictions on international leisure travel, passengers from across the region headed to warmer climes on the first of Newcastle International Airport’s flights to Portugal this morning.


Portugal was given ‘Green List’ status by the Government in early May, meaning passengers are now able to travel to the country without the need to quarantine on return back into the UK.

The North East’s largest Airport will facilitate up to 16 flights every week to Portugal throughout the summer months, with the Airport’s airline partners reacting to strong passenger demand.

Multiple airlines will operate flights to Faro in mainland Portugal, known as the gateway to the Algarve region. In addition and Jet2holidays will operate flights to the stunning Portuguese island of Madeira.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport said: “Today marks an extremely important step in the recovery of the Airport as well as the return of international leisure travel for the North East travelling public.

“It was fantastic to see excited passengers arriving at the Airport this morning for the first flight to Portugal. I have no doubt they will have a brilliant time on their well-deserved holiday, where the temperature is 23°C today!”

Airlines operating flights to Faro from Newcastle International Airport include, in date order, TUI from the 27th May, British Airways from the 29th May, Ryanair from the 4th June, and Jet2holidays from the 24th June and easyJet from the 19th July.

Flights to Madeira will operate weekly from the 28th June with and Jet2holidays.