Get your Santa hats at the ready, because budget airline, Jet2, has announced a new Christmas shopping trip from Newcastle Airport to New York. Beginning at £359pp, the all-inclusive return trip departs on the 2 and 9 December 2010. Bosses anticipate ‘huge demand’ for the route, which is the first of its kind from the northeast.
Christmas is six months away, but most department stores will be selling plastic reindeer and tinsel underpants by the beginning of October. UK airlines have also been planning ahead, with Thomson announcing new routes at Glasgow for summer 2011, and a capacity boost at Robin Hood during the same period.
Jet2 is no different. The airline’s new flight to New York is marketed for Britons who traditionally spend their Christmas holidays abroad, or people who want to combine the stress of festive shopping with a wander around one of the world’s most famous cities. The airline’s package holiday arm, http://scripts.affiliatefuture.com/AFClick.asp?affiliateID=76639&merchantID=3291&programmeID=8841&mediaID=0&tracking=&url Jet2Holidays], is organising the trip.
Newcastle Airport boss, Dave Laws, called Jet2’s new route a ‘dream’ – ‘spending the festive season in the City that Never Sleeps is a dream for many people, but Jet2 is set to make this an affordable reality.’ Mr. Laws went on to commend the ‘continued expansion’ of the airline’s services at Newcastle.
Jet2 operated a similar route out of Leeds Bradford in 2008, which performed better than expected. The airline remains open to the idea of an expansion of its Newcastle-New York route if forward demand is sufficiently high.
In related news, Newcastle Airport is celebrating its 75th birthday with a year of events. The northeast hub will host a number of ‘rarely seen’ aircraft on 26 July, before sponsoring further activities at the famous Sunderland Airshow.