New routes to Russia, Iceland and North Africa are to be introduced from Newcastle Airport.
Airline Jet2 will operate direct flights to St Petersburg, Reykjavík and Marrakech as part of their city break weekend packages.
Northumbria Police say they believe the National Police Air Service will provide greater flexibility and effective coverage across the region.
The new service will replace localised helicopter operations when it launches in the North East next April.
Two people have been treated in hospital after their microlight crashed in Northumberland on Saturday.
Ambulance and fire crews were called to Eshott Airfield at about 1.45 pm.
The pilot, a 50-year-old man, and the passenger, a 20-year-old woman, were treated for suspected broken bones.
One of the world's largest passenger planes landed at Newcastle Airport today.
The Boeing 777 has replaced a smaller aircraft and will now fly daily to Dubai.
A plane has gone off the end of the runway whilst getting ready to take off at Durham Tees Valley Airport, an airport spokesman has confirmed.
Emergency services were called after a Falcon 20 jet, operated by Cobham Aviation Services, reportedly developed a problem at around 9am. Three people were onboard at the time but no one was injured. The airport has continued to operate as normal.
An airport spokesperson said:
– Spokesperson, Durham Tees Valley Airport
"Emergency services have been involved in dealing with an incident at Durham Tees Valley airport this morning.
"The incident involved a Falcon 20 aircraft operated by Cobham Aviation Services.
"It is believed the aircraft developed problems whilst preparing for take-off and left the end of the runway.
"Three people were on board the aircraft.
"There are not believed to be any injuries and the airport is continuing to operate as normal.
"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident."
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident.
Hundreds are already queuing to get inside the Chinook on display at the Sunderland International Airshow.