New routes for 2020
As 11 new routes prepare to take to the skies from Newcastle International Airport, holidaymakers across the North East will be spoilt for choice when deciding on their next break.
From 2020, the Airport will welcome a five-star airline, will have more long-haul capacity on sale and will have a range of new destinations ready to be explored.
Serving as the global gateway for the region, the North East’s largest airport serves over 80 direct destinations with 15 airlines, and operates over 110 flights a week to global hub airports – connecting passengers to the rest of the world.
City breaks are extremely popular with the North East travelling public, and over a third of the direct routes served by the Airport are to lively and bustling cities.
Adding to the impressive list of city breaks, new for 2020 are Munich, served by Lufthansa, and Bergen, with Loganair.
From February 3rd 2020, Lufthansa will fly six times weekly between Newcastle and the beautiful Bavarian capital of Munich – which is famous for its culture, skiing and Oktoberfest.
Making for the perfect city break, Munich is full of interesting museums, castles and palaces – perfect for first-time visitors to discover.
Adrenaline junkies can also get off the beaten track and ski in against the breath-taking backdrop of the Bavaria region.
When travelling to Munich, passengers can also take advantage of Lufthansa’s five-star service, which includes comfortable legroom and an appetizing in-flight menu.
As well as enjoying everything that Munich has to offer, holidaymakers can also use the new route to connect onto a range of onward city break destinations, including Athens, Vienna, Budapest and Milan.
Lufthansa’s arrival is set to increase the number of tourists into the region, with Germany being number one for inbound tourism into the North East.
City break explorers can also travel directly to Bergen, in Norway, with Loganair from 2020.
With operations starting from April 26, passengers can use the Loganair route as a gateway to uncover the breath-taking fjords or can delve into the colourful coastal city of Bergen.
Recently voted as the third best “small city” in the world, this traditionally Nordic city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts visitors with its unique mountainous surroundings, striking architecture and legendary seafood.
As well as brand-new European city destinations, a number of new UK breaks will also be served from Newcastle International Airport.
Loganair will also be adding Guernsey and Newquay to its schedule for 2020.
The Newquay route will operate a year-round service of four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Saturday services will operate from May to September and there will be additional flights on Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays in July and August, taking the service up to daily.
Loganair will operate the Guernsey route weekly on a Saturday and visitors will be able to explore the Island’s stunning beaches, military history and quaint villages.
Flybe recently announced that it would be adding a new service to London Southend, which will provide both business and leisure passengers with an additional connection to Central London and the surrounding areas.
The London Southend route will operate from 29th March and will also encourage inbound traffic into the region.
Sun-seekers can rejoice as new beach holiday destinations have also been added to Newcastle International Airport’s 2020 schedule.
Flights to Sharm El Sheik, and Hurghada, Egypt, will also be re-introduced to Newcastle International Airport – operating throughout the year with TUI.
Both Egyptian favourites will offer passengers guaranteed sunshine and the chance to take a dip in the warm waters of the Red Sea.
As well as the three African destinations, TUI will also be adding the Greek islands of Skiathos and Santorini to their programme for next year.
This means that Newcastle International will be the only airport north of Manchester with direct services to the popular islands – where idyllic landscapes and mouth-watering food is a given.
As of 2020, Kos, which is already served by TUI, will also be added to Jet2.com’s programme – meaning that the North East travelling public will have more flexibility and choice when it comes to looking at departure dates.
TUI will also be adding further dates onto some of its long haul routes, including Orlando Sanford, Florida and Cancun, Mexico.
Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: “2020 is set to be a very exciting year, and with so many new routes taking to the skies our passengers will have an abundance of choice.
“The amount of new additions and investments from all of our airline partners is a testament to the region, and shows how well the Airport is performing.”
Earlier in the year, Newcastle International Airport opened its new Premium Meet & Greet car parking facility – which creates a hassle-free experience for passengers driving to the Airport.
Located just 30 metres from the terminal, the ‘Premium Meet & Greet’ car park allows passengers to drop their car off before heading straight into the terminal.
To book, visit www.newcastleairport.com/car-parking/meet-greet-parking/ or download the NCL Airport app.