Ryanair launches new routes from Newcastle Airport

Ryanair have recently announced 5 new routes from Newcastle International Airport as part of their winter schedule. As of November 3rd, the new routes now available throughout the working week will include flights to destinations such as Wroclaw (on Sunday), Gdansk (on Monday), Tenerife and Warsaw taking off on Tuesday and finally, Lanzarote (Wednesday).. Alongside this announcement, it has also been revealed that a new direct route to Berlin has also been opened at Newcastle Airport. Continue reading…

Newcastle Airport targets Cumbrian flyers and new airport redevelopment

Newcastle International airport has the opportunity to attract many more passengers from Cumbria as they plan to expand their flight plans. This follows the Newcastle International Airport’s finished revamp of the departure lounge and now offers direct flights to 74 destinations. In 2014 the airport saw 4% of the overall 4.6 million passengers, originate from Cumbria. In terms of the future, 2016’s passenger numbers are looking to rise to 4.9 million. This is hoping to be supported by the airports new redevelopment with cafes, restaurants, bar areas and new shops. Continue reading…

Exciting times ahead for Newcastle Airport

Exciting times lie ahead for Newcastle Airport in this the year of its 80th anniversary: new routes for travellers living in the North-East of England (and indeed the Scottish Borders) and a £14 million investment in the airport’s departure lounge, guaranteeing a pleasurable passenger experience.

On the 23rd of May this year, United Airlines will start operating their Newcastle to New York (Newark) route which will not only give passengers easy access to the Big Apple itself but will also provide an excellent hub for connections to other parts of North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. So far onward flights to Florida and Las Vegas have proved particularly popular for passengers booking the new route from Newcastle. Continue reading…

Jet2 unveils ‘recession busting’ breaks

is continuing to expand its operations in the UK this week, by releasing five new routes for sale at Newcastle Airport. The “recession busting breaks”, to quote the carrier’s official website, will take off in summer 2012.

Ian Doubtfire, director at Jet2, must be tired of hearing the sound of his own voice. The airline boss has provided commentary for almost all of Jet2’s recent press releases, which number fifteen for the month of June. Mr. Doubtfire, once again, was on hand to talk about Jet2’s expansion at Newcastle, noting that travellers who wished to escape the “hype surrounding Euro 2012” would find a holiday to suit their tastes at the Woolsington hub. Continue reading…

Ash cloud swept away from UK

Grimsvotn, a volcano in southeast Iceland, is the second volcano in as many years to create chaos in the European aviation industry, following on from the antics of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010. Grimsvotn, believed to be the most active of all the volcanoes in Iceland, caused more than 500 flight cancellations in Germany, Scotland, and Northern England, between May 23 and 25 2011. Continue reading…

Newcastle Airport could be sold

Newcastle Airport faces an uncertain future, after a national newspaper revealed that the hub’s majority shareholders are desperate to sell their stake in the Woolsington hub.

Ownership of Newcastle Airport is split between two companies, namely, LA7, with 51%, and Copenhagen Airport, with 49%. The former is a consortium of seven local authorities in the northeast, including the councils of Newcastle, Gateshead, and Sunderland, while the latter is, as its name suggests, a Danish airport. Continue reading…

Newcastle recycles 82% of its waste

The largest airport in the northeast, Newcastle, is taking steps to become one of the most eco-friendly businesses in the country. The Woolsington-based hub boosted recycling to 82% in 2010, according to news agency, Reuters, and achieved the coveted Carbon Trust Standard Award, an accolade that rewards companies who reduce their carbon footprint. Continue reading…

Norwegian airline aims to please

Norwegian airline, Wideroe, has announced plans to increase flight capacity on routes from Newcastle International to the third largest city in Norway, Stavanger. From March 31 2011, the veteran carrier will add an extra flight between the two airports, increasing the service to a total of four per week, and introduce a new Bombardier Dash aircraft onto the route.

Founded in 1934, Wideroe is the Scandinavian equivalent of the UK’s Air Southwest – a predominantly domestic airline that serves small to mid-sized airports. Norway’s far-flung settlements, such as the frozen archipelago of Longyearbyen, and the port town of Kirkenes, are connected to the Norwegian capital, Oslo, courtesy of Wideroe.

Wideroe, a resident at Newcastle for more than a decade, says that its upcoming expansion in the northeast will double the number of seats available on its Stavanger route, and cut the overall flight time by 25 minutes. The flight holds a unique position in the airline’s schedules being one of just ten routes operated by the airline to travel outside its native Norway.

Sverre Sletten, regional chief at Wideroe, was elated with recent developments. “We’re delighted to be able to bring in these big improvements to our Newcastle service.” Mr. Sletten said that his airline was “confident” that customer demand was high enough to support the capacity boost.

The Newcastle-Stavanger flight currently operates on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. However, the March 31 expansion will see an extra daily connection added on Thursdays. Wideroe will also alter the timetable of Monday flights, to give business travellers “a full day at work” before departing for the UK in the evening.

Stavanger, located in south-western Norway, is an archetypical port city, and the banks of central Vaagen Harbour are lined with recreational boats. The settlement is situated close to the Lysefjord, a 26 mile long fjord ringed by huge rocky slopes. The Lysefjord is alleged to be “as deep as the mountains are high”.