Airport to become the gateway to the Big Apple at last

The North East is finally getting a bite of the Big Apple with plans for direct flights to New York.

Newcastle International Airport has announced that United Airlines will introduce flights to Newark Liberty International, subject to Government approval.

Flights would run from May 23 to September 7, five times a week, marking Newcastle’s first scheduled non-stop trans-Atlantic service.

Newcastle Airport Chief Executive David Laws 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 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.”

United Airlines Managing Director Sales UK and Ireland Bob Schumacher said: “We’re very excited about introducing non-stop flights to New York from Newcastle next summer.

“We’ll be offering the people of North East England easy, convenient travel options, not only to New York City, but also to destinations throughout the Americas.

“United already offers trans-Atlantic services from more cities in the UK than any other airline and we’ve every reason to be confident that this new service will be a success.”

The flights will be operated by Boeing 757-200 aircraft, with 169 seats, including first, economy and economy plus travel.

The airport, on the outskirts of Ponteland, has also announced that Flybe will be re-introducing a daily service to Exeter as its winter schedule gets underway. The service has been brought back due to public demand.