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United Airlines to Launch Nonstop Service between Newcastle and New York

27-10-14

United Airlines will introduce nonstop flights between Newcastle and its New York hub, Newark Liberty International Airport, during the period May 23 to Sep. 7, 2015 (both dates westbound), subject to government approval. The frequency of the service will be five times weekly. It will be Newcastle’s first scheduled nonstop trans-Atlantic service.

Flight UA159 will depart Newcastle daily except Wednesday and Thursday at 9:10 a.m., arriving at New York/Newark at 12:00 p.m. the same day. The return flight, UA160, will depart New York/Newark daily except Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:20 p.m., arriving in Newcastle at 7:30 a.m. the following day (all times local). Flight times will be seven hours 50 minutes westbound and seven hours 10 minutes eastbound.

The flights will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

“We’re very excited about introducing nonstop flights to New York from Newcastle next summer,” said Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales – U.K. & Ireland. “We’ll be offering the people of Northeast England easy, convenient travel options not only to New York City but also to destinations throughout the Americas. United already offers trans-Atlantic service from more cities in the U.K. than any other airline and we’ve every reason to be confident that this new service will be a success.”

‘Game-Changing New Route’

David Laws, Chief Executive, Newcastle Airport, said: “For many years, and everywhere I go, people have been stopping me and asking, when is the North East going to get a New York service?

“I have been clear throughout that this is a route that we have been determined to deliver for the region. We have been carefully and quietly working behind the scenes, with our shareholders, to secure what will be another game-changing new route. I am delighted today that we are finally able to make the announcement everyone has been hoping for. United Airlines is the best airline to operate this service. They have an exceptional track record of linking U.K. regions to their New York/Newark hub, where customers can then connect to over one hundred onward destinations.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, commented: “On behalf of the Local Authority shareholders, I am delighted that the collective efforts we have been making have been successful. This new service will be hugely significant, in terms of further enhancing regional connectivity, growing the regional economy, attracting inward investment and encouraging inbound tourism from North America. The Local Authorities and our partner organisations will work hard to make the route a success. We will work with inbound tourism bodies to promote the region to a new audience and we will work with the business community to increase awareness of the connectivity opened up.”

David Rees, Senior AMP representative on the Board of Newcastle Airport, said: “I am delighted, on behalf or AMP Capital, that the airport has secured a service to New York. Newcastle is one of the most successful regional airports in the U.K., and today’s news will cement this position. We look forward to working with the airport and our fellow shareholders to ensure the route is a success and that the airport and the North East reap the benefits for years to come.”

Convenient Connecting Flights

The Newcastle flights have been conveniently timed to connect at New York/Newark with an extensive network of service to destinations throughout the Americas. United operates flights from New York/Newark to more than 300 destinations throughout North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, including more than 100 served nonstop.

United operates the largest hub in the New York City metropolitan area at Newark Liberty International Airport. Located just 25 kilometres from downtown Manhattan, the airport offers the fastest surface transfer journeys to many parts of the city, including the AirTrain service to New York Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, with journey time of less than 30 minutes.

Onboard Products and Services

United BusinessFirst offers a superior business-class service. The BusinessFirst seat reclines 180 degrees into a 6-foot, 4-inch/1.93-m lie-flat bed and features a personal on-demand entertainment system with a 15.4-inch/39-cm touch-screen monitor. BusinessFirst amenities include laptop power, USB ports and a multi-course meal with complimentary wines.

United Economy offers complimentary food, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and inflight entertainment. Seats feature an adjustable headrest and a personal on-demand entertainment system.

United Economy Plus offers up to five inches/12.7 cm of extra legroom. Located near the front of the Economy cabin, the seats give the added benefit of allowing a swifter exit from the plane upon arrival.

United operates up to 17 flights per day from London/Heathrow to six of its U.S. hubs: Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C./Dulles. In addition, the airline offers nonstop service from Manchester to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Washington/Dulles, from Edinburgh to New York/Newark and (on a seasonal basis) Chicago, and from Belfast, Birmingham and Glasgow to New York/Newark. United offers nonstop trans-Atlantic service from more U.K. cities than any other airline.

For more information and to book flights visit united.com or call 0845 6076760.

Flybe's new winter schedule sees return of popular Exeter route from Newcastle

A daily service to Exeter Airport from Newcastle is set to be reintroduced by Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, as its 2014-15 winter schedule gets underway on Sunday 26th October.

It joins existing routes from Newcastle to George Best Belfast City and Southampton offering a choice of up to 64 flights a week with one way fares from £27.99 including taxes and charges.

Paul Simmons, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, comments: “The diversity of our winter network this year is greatly expanded with the new routes we have added. Regional connectivity is Flybe’s mission and, due to public demand, we are pleased to again offer our Newcastle customers daily flights to Exeter.”

Flybe is always looking at ways to provide improved benefits for its customers and the start of the winter schedule also sees the airline welcome Avios on board with a new travel rewards programme, and Spend & Fly, a simpler way to earn flights with Flybe’s credit card.  There is also a new secure onsite parking option offered at most of the UK airports from which it operates when making an online booking-  and it will always be the closest available possible to the terminal.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re delighted that Flybe has reintroduced the Exeter service from Newcastle. The route is important for both leisure and business passengers wishing to visit the South West as well as the city of Exeter itself.

“The South West is home to stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and cultural attractions.  Within easy reach you have the Jurassic coastline, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the South and North Devon coasts as well as the whole of Cornwall.  There is plenty to do year round and flying there is now so easy. ”

Adds Mr Simmons: “Providing an extensive choice of routes for customers whose travel plans are time-critical is what Flybe is all about. We look forward to welcoming all our Newcastle passengers on board this winter so they can experience for themselves ‘the fastest way from A to Flybe!”

BIS visit training facilities at Newcastle International Airport

03-10-14

Newcastle International Airport and the Newcastle College Aviation Academy have hosted a visit from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

BIS is the UK government department responsible for driving balanced and sustainable growth. Through its Outreach programme, BIS encourages its employees to spend time with and learn from the people and organisations affected by government policies.

The group of eight members of staff visited the airport to find out more about the wide range of training options on offer across the site. Training takes place at the Newcastle College Aviation Academy located at the airport and at the Newcastle Airport Fire Training Academy, which has over 20 years of experience working with businesses across the UK and beyond. The visitors were also able to experience Newcastle’s state-of-the-art Emirates Air Traffic Control Tower.

The party started the day at Newcastle College where they met with Principal Carole Kitching and Tim Jacklin, Head of the college’s Aviation Academy. They received a tour of the £3.3 million facility, which includes a fully functional Boeing 737 and state of the art workshops featuring industry standard equipment such as hydraulics, landing gear, pneumatics and electronics.

Andy Stephenson, Director of the School of Construction, Engineering and Science at Newcastle College, said: “We very much welcomed the opportunity to host the team from BIS and to demonstrate how our strong partnership with Newcastle International Airport is helping to revitalise the aviation industry in the North East. Developing high quality training and skills is vital to support future growth across the aviation and engineering sectors. Working with employers like the airport, our aim is to provide opportunities for young people to build long term careers and gain the skills that we know employers desperately need.”

BIS staff were then given a tour of the Newcastle Airport Fire Training Academy, which is based at the Airport Fire Station. The academy is a world-class facility delivering training, both practical and classroom based, across a range of sectors. Training equipment includes a 767 aircraft fire simulator, Puma helicopter, helipad, fire screen and oil, gas and marine training facilities.

Peter Snell, General Manager Airside Operations at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re delighted that the group from BIS took the time to visit Newcastle International Airport and the Newcastle College Aviation Academy. We work closely in partnership with the college to develop skills in aviation and offer a range of training options for those entering the sector.  In addition to our work with the college we also operate the Newcastle Airport Fire Training Academy which offers Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accredited courses for businesses across the UK – including other airports!

“We are dedicated to providing high quality training across a variety of sectors to ensure the knowledge and skills we have here at Newcastle is shared with learners. Aviation is a unique environment and it’s vital that those working in the sector have access to quality training programmes.”

Sue Houston, OBE, Business Relationship Manager, BIS YHNE, said: “Our Outreach programme visits help us build relationships and enhance our understanding of those whom our policies affect so we understand their specific interests. Ideally, closer and more effective joint working will result and what we learn can be fed in to evidence-based policy-making.

“We have been treated to a unique opportunity to see the collaboration between Newcastle College, through their Aviation Academy, and Newcastle International Airport. My colleagues and I were interested to understand how the college and airport met the business needs of the sector. 

“This visit gave us tremendous insight into ways in which the college and Newcastle Airport develop and deliver training together offering students, and potential students from schools, a range of qualifications leading to jobs across the sector. Which other college has a team led by a former Red Arrows pilot, himself a highly skilled trained engineer, and sits within an airport which provides fire and rescue training at an international level? Both facilities make significant contributions to further growth in the regional and national economy. Our day was complete when we visited the airport control tower and went inside a plane used for firefighting training.”

The Newcastle Airport Fire Training Academy offers a wide range of training for local and national businesses and has also helped to train other airports from across the UK and beyond. It offers practical and classroom based learning such as fire training, airside operations, health and safety, first aid and more.

In 2013 the airport also launched Offshore Training Newcastle (OTN), a new partnership with Maersk and Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) delivering training for those working, or aspiring to work in the offshore oil and gas sector.

Newcastle College Aviation Academy is a CAA approved training facility providing higher level training and skills for the aviation engineering industry. The academy has around 200 learners studying Aeronautical Engineering from Level 3 to Foundation Degree, developed and validated by the college; and a BSc in Aircraft Engineering, which is delivered in partnership with Kingston University. Thanks to the close working relationship that the college has developed with Newcastle International Airport and many of its operators, work placements and on the job training is incorporated into the higher level courses.

Newcastle Airport operator named European Regional Airline of the Year

02-10-14

UK airline, Eastern Airways, which operates flights from Newcastle International Airport, has been awarded the prestigious Gold Airline of the Year award by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) at its widely recognised industry awards ceremony in Barcelona.

The carrier was last night named Europe’s number one regional airline 2014/15 ahead of 51 other airline members at the annual event, which has been held since 1991 to recognise excellence and achievements of Europe’s regional carriers, and also forms part of the ERA’s general assembly.

The airline celebrates its 17th anniversary this year and is Europe’s leading provider of fixed wing air services for the oil and gas industry.  It operates over 800 flights a week, has more flights from Aberdeen than any other carrier and previously gained the most prestigious gold award in this industry sector in 2006/7, following consecutive silver awards in 2003/4 and 2004/5.

Richard Lake, chief executive of Eastern Group, said: “It is a great honour to again win the prestigious gold award, which is testament to the efforts and professionalism of every member of the team at Eastern Airways.  To be recognised by our peers in the industry is tremendous as regional aviation is one of the most challenging and competitive sectors in the world.  We must also thank our customers and trade partners who have continually supported us throughout our many years of operation.”

The judging panel commended Eastern Airways for:

  • 16 years of consistent profitability
  • Winning further Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes in France
  • Extending oil contracts
  • Reacting swiftly to changing market conditions and seizing new commercial opportunities to expand its network of scheduled services
  • Bringing new investment into the business

With its primary focus on business travel, the airline enhanced its comprehensive UK network this year with the introduction of new services.  Further expansion also took place in France after being awarded a four year contract providing domestic flights between Lorient and Lyon.  Steady fleet acquisition was required to meet the growth in oil and gas charters and ad-hoc charters, while a new investor was attracted, with Bristow Helicopters Limited making a strategic investment acquiring a 60% interest in the airline, following a strong relationship between the two companies since 1999.

Eastern Airways started services from Newcastle in 2003 and operates a choice of daily scheduled flights to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff and Stavanger in Norway from Newcastle.

Humberside Airport based Eastern Airways has been operating scheduled flights since 1997 and provides a network of services across 17 airports in the UK, Norway and France using a fleet of 31 regional aircraft. 

Local agents celebrate successful Mystery Shopper results

01-10-14

Dawson and Sanderson are celebrating after receiving high scores as part of Travel Weekly’s Mystery Shopper feature.

The undercover ‘mystery shopper’ scores travel agents on their overall customer experience and facilities as well as the advice on offer. Dawson and Sanderson South Shields brand scored very highly with 96% while the Gosforth branch also did well scoring 93%.

Both agents were presented with different scenarios from the mystery shopper and were offered different holiday options from Newcastle Airport.

Laura Halliday, Aviation Sales at Newcastle Airport congratulated the agents recently with a bottle of champagne. She said: “The results of the Travel Weekly Mystery Shopper feature show the excellent customer service on offer across the North East from agents supporting their local airport. It’s great that the Mystery Shopper has commended these shops and their dedication to providing a first class service for travellers. Well done to all Dawson and Sanderson staff!”

Sarah Dorkin, Senior Travel Consultant at the South Shields store, said: “The results highlight that we’re a family friendly agent with expert knowledge on a range of destinations. I joined Dawson and Sanderson 10 years ago and it’s wonderful to see that our hard work has been recognised. We’re already enjoying a busy summer season so this is an extra bit of good news!”

Dawson and Sanderson has been providing quality discount holidays from Newcastle for over 50 years. Established in 1962 Dawson and Sanderson has served over 8 million happy customers across the UK from one of 22 branches, over the phone or online.

Newcastle Airport served 4.46 million passengers in 2013. The airport aims to be the UK’s most welcoming airport and was recently readers voted by readers of Which? the best large airport for the second year running.

Germanwings fly from Newcastle

18-09-14

Newcastle International Airport has welcomed Germanwings, part of the Lufthansa Group, as the airline begins its new Newcastle to Dusseldorf service.

The new carrier operated its first flight from Newcastle on 18 September having taken over the service from Lufthansa.

The carrier will operate the same service to Dusseldorf as Lufthansa, daily except Saturday, but bringing their unique style of service and competitive fares for journeys to Germany.

Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted at the arrival of Germanwings who, operating as a low cost carrier, will bring a new pricing structure and we expect will become a popular way of reaching Germany from Newcastle. 

“Dusseldorf Airport is very well connected to the German rail system which means the route can be used to access most of Germany.

“We believe this service will be especially popular for leisure travellers who want to get out and about and explore the best of what Germany has to offer. Liebe Germanwings, Herzlich Willkommen in Newcastle!”

Heinz Joachim Schöttes, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications Germanwings, said: “We are delighted to launch this new connection from Newcastle Airport to Dusseldorf. Newcastle is an important destination for us and this new route makes both locations more accessible for both German and UK business travellers as well as holiday makers looking for a great city-break location.”

For the best value fares visit www.germanwings.com.   

For more information on Newcastle Airport visit www.newcastleairport.com.  

Airport hosts British Airways Dreamliner Training

18-09-14

The British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner has once again visited Newcastle as part of an eight day pilot training programme.

 Back in August 2013 Newcastle International Airport was the first regional airport in the UK to receive a special visit from the British Airways Dreamliner, much to the delight of enthusiasts and passengers. The airline has ordered 42 787s and there are currently 8 in service.

As part of this latest visit the 787 performed numerous take-offs and landings at Newcastle International Airport as Dave Sproat, British Airways’ Assistant Flight Training Manager took pilots (Captains and First Officers) through their training using the airline’s most technologically advanced aircraft.

Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle Airport, said: “We’re delighted that British Airways chose to bring the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Newcastle for this pilot training programme.

“This is a spectacular aircraft and we know following its visit last year just how much the North East loves to see it here at the airport.

“Our Heathrow service is a vital link for both business and leisure travellers and sees thousands of passengers connect onto international services. Many of our passengers will connect onto long-haul services using this highly advanced aircraft so it’s wonderful to see.”

Angela Sumner-Cook, British Airways’ Airport Manager Newcastle, said: “Our pilots have the highest levels of training to give our customers the safest and best possible experience on every flight.

“We appreciate the support given by Newcastle International Airport in helping us to deliver this training programme for our pilots.

“With up to seven flights a day to London Heathrow, British airways is proud to provide this important service to the region. Many of our customers go on to connect onto long-haul destinations on our fleet including the 787 Dreamliner.”

The 787 offers huge benefits – including a whisper-quiet cabin pressurised 2,000ft lower than other aircraft (6,000ft), allowing customers to arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed and less jet-lagged.

Its smooth ride technology also provides extra comfort during any turbulence. Bespoke mood lighting in every cabin can be set to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and to wake them gently in the morning.

Customers can also enjoy the largest windows of any commercial aircraft, offering views of the horizon from every seat, or relax watching British Airways’ new in-flight entertainment system, which features more than 1,600 hours of programming.

The 787 is also extremely fuel-efficient – burning 20 per cent less fuel than the aircraft it replaces.

For more information on Newcastle Airport visit www.newcastleairport.com.

easyJet launches summer 2015 flights

03-09-2014

easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has today announced its summer schedule for 2015 with over 1,200 flights set to take place between 29 March and 31 May next year at Newcastle Airport.

Over 200,000 seats are available to purchase now at www.easyJet.com for flights to and from Newcastle, enabling passengers booking early to secure the best fares early for summer 2015. easyJet has bases across 11 UK airports and currently has over 700 routes on sale to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Russia - 12 of which depart from Newcastle Airport.

Summer routes now on sale from Newcastle include:

  • Nice, France from £31.99 one way*
  • Faro, Portugal from £33.99 one way*
  • Malta from £37.99 one way*

Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager, said: “We’re pleased to announce that our summer 2015 flights are now on sale allowing our customers to take advantage of thousands of low fares up until 31 May 2015. With new routes continuing into the summer, our customers have more choice than ever with over 700 routes currently on sale at easyJet.com.

“We expect the usual summer favourites in France, Spain and Portugal to be high on the travel wish list.

“Along with the fantastic summer sun hot spots we offer, we’re continuing to deliver an unrivalled network of routes across Europe that appeal to business travellers. With over 12 million business travellers flying with us each year, it’s clear flying easyJet makes business sense.”

easyJet’s Flexi fare offers unlimited date changes, 20kg hold luggage, up front seat selection, easyJet Plus bag drop, fast track security, speedy boarding, and no payment fees. easyJet flies to more primary airports than any other airline in Europe with a leading presence on Europe’s top 100 routes.

Business travellers to and from Newcastle can take advantage of services to cities such as Amsterdam, Belfast and Bristol.

*Fares per person, based on two people travelling on the same booking

Work on the A1 at Coalhouse Interchange, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

28-08-14

Passengers are advised that work is being carried out including installation of part-time traffic signals to the roundabout, resurfacing of the A1 slip roads, widening of the southbound carriageway of Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and Coalhouse Roundabout, carriageway widening to Lamesley Lane at the junction with Coalhouse Roundabout, widening of the carriageway to Coalhouse roundabout in the vicinity of Chowdene Bank junction and installation of new traffic signs and renewal of road markings.

Work started on 11 August 2014 and aims to be completed by 31 October 2014.  The work will take place overnight, starting at 20:00 each evening until 06:00 the following morning.

In order to carry out these works the agency will need to close the A1 northbound and southbound slip roads, Kingsway South between Eleventh Avenue and Coalhouse Roundabout, Lamesley Lane near the roundabout and partial closure of Coalhouse Roundabout.  During the works diversions will be clearly signed.  The following diversions will be in place:

  • A1 Slip roads – Diversion to Lobley Hill or Eighton Lodge Interchanges as appropriate
  • Kingsway South – Diversion via Eastern Avenue, Saltwell Road South and Chowdene Bank
  • Lamesley Lane – Diversion via Smithy Lane and Chowdene Bank

When complete these works aim to relieve peak – time traffic congestion to and from Team Valley and reduce accident risk. 

Newcastle tops Which? poll

21-08-2014

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted at the results of the latest Which? passenger survey which once again places Newcastle top amongst the larger airports.

“This is the second year running that passengers have scored us higher than any other large airport which is great to hear. Our aim is to be the most welcoming airport in the UK, and our staff and business partners work very hard to make passenger journeys through the airport enjoyable.

“We have worked particularly hard in the main areas of customer service including security. During summer 2014 so far, we have achieved 97% of customers through the security process in under 6 minutes.

“We are about to commence the main phase of a £14 million transformation of the airport departure lounge. The aim of this development is to give customers a new high quality experience and greater choice. We hope customers will agree that once complete this will make the experience in 2015 even better.”

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