Six new routes take off from Newcastle Airport as Summer gets under way

The North East’s largest airport, Newcastle International, celebrated summer getting underway this week with the launch of six new flights to four great destinations – Enfidha in Tunisia, Bodrum in Turkey, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Halkidiki in Greece.

To mark these six new connections, Newcastle International surprised one lucky family – the Kiltys from Penshaw – with £100 to spend in World Duty Free to kick start their holidays in style.

On Tuesday (1 May), the airport welcomed the return of Tunisia’s Enfidha to the programme, with Thomas Cook taking passengers to the North African holiday spot from Newcastle International for the first time in almost three years. A land filled with souks and spices, desert dunes and historical sites, Tunisia offers a good value destination for travellers from the North East.

Today (3 May), saw another additional four new routes take-off. and Jet2holidays’ connection to Bodrum opens up the jewel on Turkey’s South Aegean coast, which is a perfect mix of old and new with ancient castles, a stunning marina and sandy beaches aplenty. TUI’s new flight to super-cool Dubrovnik in Croatia gives travellers the opportunity to explore the beautiful Adriatic Coast, and both operators’ routes to family-friendly Halkidiki provide the perfect base for a Greek getaway this summer.

Bank Holiday Monday (7 May) will see Thomas Cook’s new route to Bodrum round off a week of inaugural routes for the region.

Richard Knight, Chief Operations Officer at Newcastle International Airport, said: “There’s a real summer buzz about the airport at the moment, which is fantastic. As the season starts to get underway we see more and more people coming through the terminal, excited about heading off on their holidays and their excitement is contagious.

“The six new routes that have launched this week have proven to be very popular and show a particularly strong demand for mid-haul holidays. We’re delighted with the commitment shown to the region by and Jet2holidays, Thomas Cook and TUI with the addition of these routes and are sure they’ll be firm favourites as the summer progresses.”

Holidays this summer from Newcastle to Dubrovnik with TUI start from £830* per person; Halkidiki with Jet2holidays from £319* per person and with TUI from £1,331* per person; Bodrum with Jet2holidays from £269* per person and with Thomas Cook from £616* per person; and Tunisia with Thomas Cook from £338* per person.