Only a few weeks to go until transatlantic service begins

Sunset over Manhattan.
Sunset over Manhattan.

Final preparations are underway ahead of the launch of the first US transatlantic scheduled service from Newcastle International Airport on May 23.

Thousands of eager holidaymakers and business travellers have already booked on the United Airlines service to Newark/New York, which is running five days a week until September 7.

The number one destination is New York, pictured above, but the service is proving popular for trips to Florida, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In all, more than 300 onward connections are available via Newark.

Newcastle International Airport chief executive David Laws said: “United Airlines has a significant number of staff based in the UK and the US planning the operation of the new service.

“The team planning the service have been covering all the different areas needed to establish the service, including maintenance, catering, passenger handling services, cargo, flight operations and crew accommodation.

“There’s a lot of planning behind the scenes for all new services and this one is extra special.

“A small team from United Airlines will be in Newcastle shortly prior to launch for dry runs and to help the staff based here become comfortable with handling the new flight.

“The service makes the North East of England much more accessible for inbound travel from the States, and we are working with partners over there to promote the route.”