Newcastle International Airport announces up to 14 flights a week to Portugal

Newcastle International Airport has announced the launch of services to two destinations in Portugal, operated by four airlines flying up to 14 times a week from the airport this summer.

Following the announcement of the Green List by the Government last week, British Airways has announced two direct flights a week on sale to Faro, Portugal. Starting from May 29, the flights will operate every Saturday and Sunday until June 20.

Ryanair will resume flights to Faro from the June 4, operating every Monday and Friday initially and increasing to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from July. Meanwhile, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will resume flights to Faro from June 24, initially operating six days a week before increasing to daily from the end of July. Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will also operate weekly flights to Madeira from the June 28.

In addition, easyJet announced last week that it would be resuming international flights from Newcastle International Airport with the introduction of flights to Faro from the July 20, operating every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the summer season.

Nick Jones, CEO of Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We are pleased that the restart of international leisure travel has been confirmed, although only a very small number of countries have been granted Green List status.

‘We hope as the COVID-19 situation improves in Europe more countries and islands will be added to the Green list and we will be able to welcome more airline partners and passengers back to the Airport throughout the summer months.

‘The COVID-19 tests and Fit to Fly Certificates that passengers will require are provided by the COVID-19 testing facility located at the Airport, which is operated by NPH Group and has remained open throughout the pandemic. Convenient and reliable in-person PCR tests are facilitated by trained clinicians, avoiding the risk of postal delays. These can be booked at nph-group.co.uk.

The safety of our passengers and staff is our highest priority. Our Ten Point Plan of safety measures remains in place, and includes an increased cleaning regime, over 100 hand sanitiser stations throughout the terminal and mandatory mask wearing for passengers and staff.’

The complete list of destinations available from Newcastle International Airport, the on-site testing facility and the airport’s Ten Point Plan of safety measures can be found at newcastleairport.com, it said.

easyJet launches more flights and holidays to green list destinations this summer

easyJet is launching more flights from the UK to serve demand for travel to green list destinations this summer and has put over 80,000 additional seats on sale across existing routes from the UK.

The UK-based airline will also relaunch its route from Newcastle to Faro which will operate up to three times a week from July 19, 2021, with both flights and holidays now available to book online at easyJet.com.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented: ‘We are absolutely committed to a safe restart and are confident this can happen while protecting both the UK health system and the success of the vaccine programme.

‘We are disappointed that so few countries were put onto the green list as it is simply not justified by the data or the science and is inconsistent with the approach to reopen the domestic economy.

‘However, easyJet is the biggest operator from the UK to the European countries which are currently on the Green list, and we have increased our flights to these destinations where we can in order to take as many customers away as possible to reunite them with friends and family or on a long-awaited holiday – and we are ready and able to ramp up.

‘We also expect the number of countries on the Green list to grow next month to include many of our popular summer destinations and we have flexible policies so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘As the North East’s largest airport we are delighted to see ongoing investment by our airlines and welcome easyJet’s decision to reinstate flights to Faro, Portugal from July.

‘The Algarve region is renowned for its quality golf courses, stunning coastline and warm climate therefore we are sure there will be high demand for this service from the North East travelling public.

‘Our Ten Point Plan of safety measures ensures the airport is a safe environment for all, which includes an enhanced cleaning regime and over 100 hand sanitser stations throughout the terminal. We are very much looking forward to welcoming leisure passengers back for their well-deserved holidays.’

easyJet currently operates more seats on flights to European green list destinations than any other UK operator, with over 1.6 million seats now available to green list destinations. Flights and holidays are now on sale at easyJet.com with fares are available for this summer from £29.99 and package holidays from £269.

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks expands Iceland programme

Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks has said that it has advanced the start of scheduled services for trips and holidays to Iceland, to the beginning of September 2021.

With Iceland expected to be on the UK Government’s Green List, holidaymakers may travel to the country from as early as September 2 with Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks. With the latest announcement, customers will have increased choice of scheduled services to Iceland from Manchester Airport this year, in addition to scheduled services from Birmingham Airport.

Perfectly timed for the Northern Lights, Jet2 will operate twice-weekly services from September 2 (Manchester) and September 30 (Birmingham) until November 22, 2021. In addition, scheduled services will operate from February 10, 2022 right through the summer season to November 10, 2022 from Manchester Airport, as well as from February 10, 2022 through to April 25, 2022 from Birmingham Airport.

Besides the natural wonders of Iceland, this offers great choice and flexibility with stays of three-nights or more available over the February half-term, October half-term and Easter. In addition to this programme of scheduled flights, Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks are operating 37 three and four-night dedicated trips to Iceland from seven other UK bases (Belfast International, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and London Stansted Airports).

With 15 trips planned between September and November 2021, and a further 22 trips between February and April 2022, customers will have plenty of choice for visiting Iceland at the best times of year for experiencing the Northern Lights. All flights to Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik will be operated by Jet2.com.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: ‘We are seeing strong demand for flights and holidays to Iceland, as customers look to enjoy its beauty and natural wonders after a year of lockdowns and restrictions. Iceland is expected to be on the UK Government’s Green List, and as we are seeing right across the board, when customers have clarity they are booking in huge numbers. With a great programme of scheduled flights operating from Manchester and Birmingham, in addition to 37 once-in-a-lifetime trips from seven of our other UK bases, customers have great choice and flexibility when it comes to visiting this bucket list destination.’

Guomundur Daoi Runarsson, Chief Commercial & Airport Development Officer at Keflavik Airport said: ‘We at Keflavik Airport are delighted to hear of Jet2.com and Jet2CityBreaks decision to expand their Iceland programme and look forward to a bright future and a strong continuation of our great relationship. We continue to see growing interest in Iceland as a destination post Covid-19 and the recovery looks very promising. The UK market was important before the start of the pandemic and that will continue.’