Easyjet reduces presence at Newcastle

Those living in the north east of England with a penchant for travel may be disappointed to hear that budget airline easyJet is reducing its service from Newcastle airport.

All is not lost, however, since rival airline Jet2.com is doing its best to increase its presence at the airport.

At present easyJet has five planes operating out of the north east’s largest airport but plans are afoot to reduce this to three in the coming months and to keep it at three for next summer.

The services to Murcia and Rome will be axed this winter, along with cuts to other routes. The communications manager for easyJet, Sarah McIntyre, said that the cuts were part of a review of operations throughout the UK and reflected customer demand. Although there will be no loss of jobs for cabin crew or first officers, around eight fewer pilots are expected to work out of Newcastle. They will be offered a transfer to another of the airline’s hubs, with the added possibility of part-time working.

Jet2.com, the budget carrier based at Leeds Bradford airport, is, on the other hand, increasing its operations out of Newcastle and will now be the airline to offer the biggest range of foreign destinations from the airport. New destinations for summer 2011 include Toulouse, Alicante and Faro, whilst old favourites Krakow and Prague are being reintroduced this winter.

Jet2.com expects an increase in passenger numbers next year of 40% and for this reason will be adding a new 737 to its Newcastle fleet, bringing the total number of Jet2.com aircraft at the airport to five.

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