Newcastle International Airport has announced that scheduled flights will resume operating from the airport on June 1, 2020.
From Monday, Loganair will commence six flights per week to Aberdeen and KLM five flights per week to Amsterdam. In the second half of June, easyJet will operate up to four flights a week to Belfast, Eastern Airways up to six flights per week to Aberdeen and double-daily weekday flights to Southampton. Loganair will add an additional six flights per week to Southampton and Air France up to five flights every week to Paris.
Ryanair is also expected to commence two flights per week to Alicante. Further flights are scheduled to begin operating throughout July and August.
The airport has also announced a number of measures that will help provide a safe environment for passengers and staff. The airport’s Ten Point Plan include: deter people with COVID-19 symptoms, or those who have self-isolating members in the household, from coming to airport; operate car parks without any human touch point; undertake a trial of temperature testing technology; make face masks mandatory within the terminal building; allow only passengers and staff to enter the terminal; ensure intensive cleaning and hygiene regime throughout the building; enforce two metre social distancing where possible; make sure no shops or restaurants are in operation at the airport, offer COVID-19 prevention training for all customer facing staff as well as establish certain specific measures to ensure the safety of all staff.
Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport said ‘This has been a very challenging period for aviation so it is pleasing that we are now taking cautious and carefully planned steps forward. We will continue to work with the government, our airlines and other business partners to ensure our customers and employees are as safe as possible.
‘Aviation is critical to kick starting the economy so to have airlines ready to restore connectivity is positive news for both the Airport and the wider North East’
Newcastle International Airport added that it is expecting government guidance for aviation in the near future and will update any measures in line with this guidance.