Flybe introduces Sunday flight to Newcastle and Aberdeen from Cardiff

Flybe is set to introduce Sunday services between Newcastle – Cardiff and Aberdeen – Cardiff operated by its franchise partner, Eastern Airways, to complement the weekday flights already operated.

The additional services will commence on January 12, 2020. Fares start from GBP99 one way, including taxes and charges and Sunday services are available now to book at flybe.com.

The news follows Flybe’s recent announcement that it will operate flights to London Southend from Newcastle Airport for summer 2020 and increase services on its Newcastle – Southampton route.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial and Operations, said: ‘By adding Sunday services, these flights will not only appeal to business travellers heading to Newcastle or Aberdeen in advance of Monday, but also leisure passengers taking advantage of short breaks or sporting events in both vibrant regions. These additional services also complement our Cardiff – Anglesey service and Flybe’s Cardiff network.’

Deb Bowen Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘This is a great addition to the network operated by the Flybe and Eastern Airways franchise partnership. Connectivity within the UK is key, and it’s fantastic to see even more choice being added for our customers, so they can enjoy weekend travel and explore fantastic destinations on their doorstep.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development for Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘It is great to see further investment from Flybe as they enhance their Cardiff schedule, giving flexibility for our passengers and extra choice around the weekend.’

Passengers on board Eastern Airways operated flights are offered a full range of complimentary drinks and snacks. Regular customers can also benefit from discounted route passes offering savings of up to 40 percent.

Eastern Airways has been providing scheduled services from Cardiff Airport since 2006, and also operates twice daily weekday flights from Cardiff to Anglesey.

TUI expands capacity for summer 2020 from Cardiff, Newcastle and Birmingham airport

TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced its holiday programme for summer 2020 with the addition of 30,000 seats from Cardiff Airport, 98,000 seats from Newcastle Airport and 194,000 seats from Birmingham Airport.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

TUI said that it will introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hot spots Antalya, Turkey and Gran Canaria in the Canaries. Cardiff Airport will also see additional flying days to Dalaman, Turkey and Tenerife in the Canaries.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We want to thank TUI for recognising the opportunity to add an extra 15,000 holidays from Cardiff next summer. The news demonstrates TUI’s commitment to delivering even more choice for Welsh customers in addition to this year’s passenger growth at our national Airport.’

At Newcastle, TUI has added new destinations including Santorini and Skiathos in Greece, and Hurghada in Egypt. The new routes are on sale with Santorini flights operating on Tuesdays, Hurghada on Fridays and Skiathos on Wednesdays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hotspot Antalya in Turkey, increased frequency to Dalaman in Turkey on Mondays as well as additional flying days to Orlando Sanford, Florida; Tenerife, Canaries; Palma, Spain and Larnaca, Cyprus.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We have received countless requests for services to be restored to Hurghada, Skiathos and Santorini, so we are extremely pleased that TUI is putting these routes on sale for summer 2020.’

As well as the three new routes, TUI has also added more flying days to some of its existing destinations including additional direct flights to Florida on its state-of-the-art Dreamliner.

At Birmingham, TUI has added new destinations including Almeria in Spain and Split in Croatia, with Almeria flights operating on Sundays and Split on Fridays. TUI has added 16 additional flying days across 11 of its current destinations from Birmingham Airport, including to Antalya, Tenerife and Rhodes. The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Ibiza and Palma in Spain and Mahon in Menorca.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director from Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that TUI has added even more capacity and two new routes to its portfolio from Birmingham Airport during summer 2020. These new routes by TUI means that Midlanders have over 40 direct destinations to choose from with the UK’s largest holiday company.’

Loganair announces new route from Newcastle to Cornwall Airport Newquay

Loganair has announced a new service to Cornwall Airport Newquay as part of expanding its network at Newcastle Airport.

Set to launch on April 1, 2020, the new route from Newcastle to Newquay will enhance connectivity between the North East of England and the South West, with fares from £69.99 one way. All Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance, allocated seating and complimentary in-flight refreshments.

The Newcastle route is a year-round service, with 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. Tickets are available for booking now.

Loganair Managing Director Jonathan Hinkles said: ‘We’re excited by these new routes which we’ve been working for some time to develop at just the right level. With more and more people holidaying in the UK, avoiding expensive Euro exchange rates or enjoying a staycation with friends and family we’re confident that the routes will do well.

‘The growing economic links between the North East of England and Cornwall mean we’re confident that business demand will sustain the year-round service.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘It is great news that Loganair continue to expand their network from Newcastle with the addition of a route to Newquay in Cornwall. Cornwall is an iconic British holiday destination and I am confident that this will be a very popular addition for our North East travelling public.

‘As one of the airport’s newest airlines, this is the sixth route that Loganair have announced in 2019 alongside Aberdeen, Brussels, Stavanger, Guernsey and Bergen.’

Loganair launched its services at Newcastle in March with routes to Brussels and Stavanger. Since then the airline has added frequent flights to Aberdeen and has announced routes to Bergen and Guernsey for Summer 2020. The airline bases two Embraer Regional Jets at Newcastle, the airport said.

Loganair commences services to Brussels and Stavanger from Newcastle

Scottish airline Loganair has launched its first ever services from Newcastle Airport to Brussels and the Norwegian city of Stavanger.

The flight services to the two European cities were previously operated by flybmi, which went into administration on February 16, prompting Loganair to step in to secure the important routes.

Loganair is providing early morning double daily rotations between the North East and the Belgian capital of Brussels between Monday and Thursday, while also operating two evening departures on Friday and Sunday. It is also offering six services per week to Norway’s Oil Capital, Stavanger on weekdays and Sunday.

Loganair’s commercial director, Kay Ryan said: ‘The Brussels service heralds the first time we’ve ever served either Newcastle or Belgium so it could be said this is a historic day for the airline. We’re also pleased to start operating between Stavanger and the North East – which is a popular route for both the energy sector and holidaymakers.

‘We’re excited about building our presence in Newcastle and bookings on these two routes have been really positive.’

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘It is fantastic to welcome the Loganair team to Newcastle Airport today, to celebrate not only a brand-new airline to the region but also the continuation of two popular routes.

‘I’m sure our passengers will enjoy flying with Loganair to Brussels and Stavanger. Both destinations offer a great city break experience – with Stavanger famed for its natural wonders and Brussels for its historic old town and architecture.

‘Loganair offer a great product, high levels of customer service and excellent flight times. With departures six days a week to both destinations and tickets starting from GBP84, I’m confident the services will be welcomed by both our business and leisure passengers.’

Lead-in fares between Newcastle and Brussels start from £84, while tickets to Stavanger start from £85.99. All reservations include 20kg of complimentary hold luggage and passengers are eligible to join Loganair’s loyalty programme, Clan Loganair. Tickets are available to book online at www.loganair.co.uk, the airport said.

Eastern Airways announces new London City service from Newcastle Airport

Eastern Airways, a franchise partner of Flybe, has commenced a brand new service from Newcastle Airport to London City starting January 7.

The new route is the only direct scheduled flight connecting Newcastle with central London. Eastern Airways will operate a morning and evening peak service taking 70-minutes flight time each-way direct into London City Airport. Flights are now on sale up to winter 2019, and the service is expected to carry over 17,000 passengers during 2019. Fares start from £79.99 one way, inclusive of taxes and charges, and are bookable at flybe.com.

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle Airport, said: ‘It is very exciting to see any brand new route take off, but it is particularly special to know that this route will make such a difference to people based in the North East.

‘London City is a fantastic new service to add to our list of destinations, and we expect that it will particularity popular with busy business commuters heading down to the capital.

‘We expect this service to deliver an increase of tourist traffic to and from the region.’

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial & Operations, added: ‘It is vital that cities like Newcastle, and the North East region as a whole, has strong links with the capital – and our new London City service, on behalf of Flybe, offers the most convenient air link to reach the city and central London.

‘London City Airport’s location allows for easy, swift access to Canary Wharf and the London underground for both business and leisure travellers.’

Eastern Airways’ first flight of the day departs from Newcastle Airport at 8:05am, with passengers arriving in London City at 9.15am. An additional evening flight departs Newcastle Airport at 5.50pm, for arrival in London City at 7pm. Return flights from London City Airport depart twice a day at 9:45am and 7.30pm. On Sundays, an evening flight operates from Newcastle Airport at 5.50pm.

bmi regional to launch new Newcastle-Brussels flight

UK-based airline, bmi regional, is set to launch its new jet service to Brussels, which starts on March 3.

The new route from Newcastle Airport will connect North East travellers to Belgium when it begins in five weeks’ time, with fares from £76 per person one way. In addition to benefiting thousands of North East travellers heading to Belgium, the service is also expected to create a positive impact for the regional economy through inbound tourism.

Cathal O’Connell, CEO at bmi regional, said: ‘This is our first route from Newcastle International and we’re delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the North East of England to the Belgian capital.

‘Brussels has so much to offer for leisure travellers such as a vibrant cultural offering and beautiful surroundings such as the Grand Place – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and traditional Flemish houses. As well as Brussels itself, travellers can make use of the excellent Belgian rail services running from Brussels Airport to reach Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp with ease.’

Dave Laws, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘The new route is already proving popular with both leisure and business passengers. Belgium is an interesting country to visit with much to see and do. There is far more to Belgium than just delicious chocolate and great beers.’

Sarah Stewart, chief executive of destination management and marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said; ‘The growing number of airlines choosing Newcastle International Airport signals a real confidence both in the airport and the destination. bmi regional’s new Brussels flight is positive news for the tourism sector and the business community.

‘NewcastleGateshead and the wider region remains an attractive destination for city break visitors and those interested in doing business here. bmi regional’s new double daily service will gather a lot of support from businesses here in the North East and in Belgium.

‘It’s extremely encouraging to welcome a new airline and a brand new route that will continue growth in inbound tourism in NewcastleGateshead and the North East.’

bmi regional offers a full in-flight service including complimentary food and drinks on board, as well as allowing 20kg of checked baggage per person and 30 minute check-in at airports.

Easyjet withdraws plans for Guernsey to Gatwick route, takes over FlyBe’s Newcastle to Gatwick route

Easyjet, a UK-based airline, has withdrawn its application for a licence to operate to and from Guernsey, The BBC has reported.

The airline was planning to fly between the island and Gatwick from 2014. The company carried out a commercial evaluation, taking into account uncertainty around plans to give exclusivity on the route to Guernsey airline, Aurigny, a spokesman reportedly said.

Easyjet purchased landing slots at Gatwick airport from Flybe in May for £20m. Flybe currently operates 34 flights per week to Gatwick from Guernsey and 28 flights a week from Jersey, but will stop flying the route from March 29, 2014. Flybe had sold the slots, blaming an increase in airport charges.

EasyJet’s withdrawal move comes as Guernsey treasury minister, Gavin St Pier, urged the protection of Aurigny from competition. He has sought changes to the policies followed by Guernsey’s air route licensing authority in relation to the Gatwick route.

In other news concerning the budget carrier, Chronicle Live reported that easyJet would take over FlyBe’s cancelled Newcastle to Gatwick route.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK commercial manager said: ‘We are pleased to add London Gatwick to the list of destinations served from Newcastle International Airport and continue to demonstrate our commitment to the North East of England.

‘As London remains one of the North East’s key trading partners we have designed a frequent schedule which will make it easy for business travellers to reach the capital and affordable for everyone whether they travel for business or leisure.’

The airline will introduce flights to the capital’s second airport from the end of March 2014, with services twice a day, six days a week. Tickets for the new route, easyJet’s 15th from Newcastle International Airport, have gone on sale, with fares starting from £27.49 per person, the report said.

 

Aer Lingus Regional launches new route to Newcastle Airport

Aer Lingus Regional has launched a new route to Newcastle Airport and is looking to fly up to 65,000 passengers in the first year.

The route, operated by Aer Arann, will operate two daily return flights to Newcastle from Dublin Airport beginning October 24. Aer Lingus Regional has scheduled 26 flights between Dublin and Newcastle per week at prime times, offering a convenient day return for travellers.

The addition of the Newcastle route is part of the ‘new beginning’ strategy, which was announced by Aer Arann to return the company to profitability in 2014. The measures also included the launch of two other new routes to Manchester and Birmingham.

‘We are delighted to announce the launch of our newest route to Newcastle,’ said Aer Arann’s chief commercial officer, Simon Fagan, adding: ‘This new route connects Aer Lingus Regional passengers with one of the UK’s most vibrant cities and means that the airline is now serving nine major UK cities from Ireland. This new route will add up to 65,000 passengers to our network next year.

‘The Newcastle-Dublin route will facilitate connections to Aer Lingus mainline services to the US for passengers in the North East of England. Aer Lingus Regional aims to connect 3,500 passengers through Dublin in the first 12 months,’ Fagan said, adding: ‘Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing our customers with easy, convenient and great value in regional connections. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new route to Newcastle.’

Chris Sanders, aviation development director at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that Aer Lingus Regional will be operating new services to Dublin this year. This announcement increases the schedule choice for passengers flying from Newcastle on this important route.’

He added: ‘It presents a wide range of connection facilities for travellers which I’m sure will be welcomed by North East holidaymakers and business travellers alike.’

Aer Arann operates 550 flights per week across 25 routes in Ireland, the UK and France. Aer Lingus Regional, which registered a 32 percent rise in passenger numbers in the past 12 months, is looking to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years.

Newcastle Airport announce expansion plans, creation of over 2,000 new jobs

Newcastle International Airport has announced its future expansion plans, which are likely to result in more than 2,000 new jobs being created over the next decade.

The plans will see extensive development of the site, with increased potential for the terminal, more car parking space and construction of office and factory space. The successful completion of the plans would also more than double the airport’s worth to the regional economy, to GBP1.3bn by 2030, the authorities said.

The expansion will also see passenger numbers increasing from over four million in 2012 to eight and a half million journeys by 2030, with around 87,000 aircraft arriving and departing. The ongoing green belt changes planned by Newcastle Council could see some additional airport expansion after 2030.

Dave Laws, chief executive of Newcastle International Airport said: ‘Our aim is to be the UK’s most welcoming airport. As part of this aim we want to provide an improved airport, to encourage new routes and attract new customers. To do this we need to develop additional infrastructure, such as improvements to the terminal, better car parking and access, and the development of the southside, which will help diversify the airport business and secure new income sources.

‘We want to help our neighbours and the wider North East region understand how the airport will grow in the future. We also want to demonstrate that we have carefully considered the local impacts our plans could have, including on the community, the environment and local roads. We’ve launched a consultation process in order to hear everyone’s view on our plans, and once all the responses have been reviewed we will consider whether any changes need to be made,’ he added.

The expansion will be mostly focused on the 80-acre Southside Development, which has already received approval for some sections. Work over two sites south of the runway will include hangar space for aircraft maintenance and a business park with office space. The airport could also have a second pier added for departing and arriving aircraft.

The airport’s majority shareholders are the seven North East councils, including Newcastle, which is looking to introduce direct regular flights to the US from Tyneside. Australian investment firm, AMP Capital, the airport’s new minority shareholder, has also backed the plans.

Emirates sponsors Tyne and Wear Metro

Emirates airline, an air carrier based in Dubai, United Arab emirates, has announced that it is sponsoring the Newcastle Metro, a light rail/rapid transport system that serves the Newcastle and Gateshead area.

The sponsorship, in the form of a promotional travel advert that will be displayed on the outside of four Metrocar compartments, will run for one year. From May, the two carriages that comprise each of the four adverts will feature 56 metres of Emirates’ ‘Hello Tomorrow’ promotional format, with images of destinations to which the airline operates flights from Newcastle International Airport.

The airline is also promoting destinations that include Hong Kong, Australia and Thailand on 32 internal carriage cards that will be displayed in each car.

Vice president of Emirates for the UK, Laurie Berryman, said, ‘Emirates’ branding of the Metro demonstrates our continued investment in the North East and showcases it as a key regional hub. Sitting on a train during a commute is the ideal time to plan future getaways and we hope the wrap provides some destination inspiration for our passengers as they consider their next Emirates flight from Newcastle International Airport.

‘We are the only long-haul, scheduled airline to fly daily from Newcastle to Dubai and beyond, allowing our North Eastern passengers to experience long-haul travel from Newcastle, rather than having to change in London or a continental European hub.

‘Our commitment to the North East includes Emirates’ sponsorship of Durham County Cricket Club and the recent upgrade of our daily flight to Dubai to a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, due to passenger demand. This is the longest aircraft to operate out of Newcastle airport, and represented a capacity increase of more than 50 per cent as well as an upgraded service for all passengers.’