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Cat McKinnell MP backs Heathrow expansion

Catherine McKinnell MP, whose constituency includes Newcastle International Airport, is backing the expansion at Heathrow. The Newcastle North MP says strong links to London can only support the region's exporting of goods.

Catherine McKinnell MP Credit: ITV

"We know we have a big challenge in our region, we're a next exporting region, we sell more than we buy in, and we need to protect that, safeguard it and grow it, especially as we're moving into a new world outside of the European Union. Newcastle Airport is a huge, vital part of getting our goods and services and people out there, on holiday and selling their goods and services, and the Government I think very much recognise that, by coming to the North East to recognise the important part aviation and Newcastle Airport plays in our regional economy."

– Catherine McKinnell MP | MP for Newcastle North

Heathrow expansion 'great news for the North East'

The Planning and Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport says the Heathrow expansion is great news for the region. Graeme Mason told ITV News Tyne Tees it's about connecting flights and where you can travel to from there.

Will Heathrow expansion affect ticket prices?

There's work to be done to ensure Heathrow's expansion costs are not passed down to the customer, admits the Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport.

There will be a £10 discount, however, for flights from regions like Newcastle from January 2017. Graeme Mason says he hopes this is something that can continue.

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Secretary of State for Transport to visit Newcastle Airport

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Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling is to visit Newcastle Airport.

It comes a day after he announced a third runway at Heathrow is the Government’s preferred option to increase the UK’s airport capacity.

He'll meet with Newcastle International Airport’s interim Chief Executive Nick Jones and South Tyneside Council leader Ian Malcolm to discuss the decision and the benefits it will bring for the whole

It's thought a third runway at Heathrow could also see the re-introduction of the Durham Tees Valley to London route.

NECC 'welcome' decision to grant third runway at Heathrow

Newcastle Airport Credit: Newcastle Airport

North East England Chamber of Commerce has today welcomed the Government’s decision to back a new runway at Heathrow Airport.

“We are absolutely delighted with the Government’s decision to move forward with expansion at Heathrow Airport. This long-awaited conclusion is a welcome one for North East England and the whole of the UK.

“As a Chamber representing 4,000 business members we have been staunch advocates of Heathrow expansion as the right option to ensure North East businesses continue to enjoy the access they need to markets around the world.

“We would now urge MPs to support this positive decision as the National Policy Statement is brought forward.

“North East England is a globally-facing, exporting region and access to the UK’s international hub airport is a vital part of that success.

“We currently enjoy excellent connectivity to Heathrow via Newcastle International Airport and the potential for a new route to Durham Tees Valley is great news.

“A green light for airport expansion allows our businesses to make investment plans safe in the knowledge that our region’s connection to Heathrow is secure and that it has the capacity needed to support future economic growth.

– Chamber Chief Executive James Ramsbotham

Airline offers free Newcastle to London flights for children

British Airways has started a ‘Kids Fly Free’ scheme from Newcastle Airport to London Heathrow.

Free kids flights with an adult ticket from Newcastle to Heathrow Credit: PA

The initiative will run until 1 November 2015 - and to qualify an adult must buy an adult flight ticket. It applies to children aged 11 and under.

Andrew Crawley, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: "We know it can be a struggle to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays and long car journeys can be difficult. So what quicker, easier or cheaper way to see a bit more of the UK, than to jump on a British Airways flight where the kids travel for free?"