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Emergency declared on Newcastle-bound flight

An emergency was declared on an Air France plane heading for Newcastle Airport. Credit: PA

An emergency was declared on a Newcastle-bound flight this morning.

The emergency situation came about on Air France plane that was travelling from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris to Newcastle Airport. The flight, AF1058, landed safely at Newcastle at 11.20 this morning, which was later than its scheduled arrival time of 11.00.

Newcastle Airport were not able to say why an emergency was declared.

Meanwhile another plane, the Jet2 flight LS509 from Newcastle to Prague, had to divert because of the situation - it landed safely at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Newcastle Airport celebrates 80th anniversary with time-lapse video

Newcastle Airport is celebrating its 80th Anniversary with the launch of a new video.

The film, created by Jack Fisher, contains a collection of over 15,000 photographs.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders, said:

This film showcases our great airport. The airport is of crucial importance to the North East, contributing over £640 million each year to the regional economy.

This film gives viewers a glimpse of what the daily operation at Newcastle is like and the hard work of the staff onsite."

– Councillor Iain Malcolm

The airport will mark its 80th birthday on 26 July this year and is planning a number of celebrations over the year.

Read more: Newcastle Airport named 'Top UK Airport' by travel magazine.

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Three new routes from Newcastle Airport

Three new routes will be available from Newcastle International Airport. EasyJet will fly to Split (Croatia), Corfu and Rhodes. More than 20,000 passengers expected to fly on the new routes next summer.

Newcastle to Split, Croatia is a summer service, flying on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2 June 2015.

Newcastle to Corfu, Greece is a summer service, flying on Sundays from 7 June 2015.

Newcastle to Rhodes, Greece is a summer service, flying on Thursdays from 4 June 2015.

“This further strengthens their offering from Newcastle and I’m sure these sunny destinations will have many North East travellers rushing to book up.

“Croatia is an increasingly popular holiday destination. Split is the second largest city in Croatia and the largest on the Adriatic Coast. This lively city has spectacular views across the harbour and a wealth of cultural sights for holidaymakers, so it makes for a wonderful break."

– Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport

Don't undermine our success - Newcastle Airport boss

Management at Newcastle Airport have warned that new tax powers for Scotland could end up undermining the success of the North East airport.

Planning and Corporate Affairs Director Graeme Mason said that if Air Passenger Duty was reduced for Scottish airports it could draw passengers away from Newcastle. He warned that 1,000 jobs could be lost in the region as a whole by 2025 if the tax was lowered in Scotland.

For Graeme Mason's full comments click below.

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Fears over possible cheaper air fares for Scotland

Management at Newcastle Airport are worried that Scotland may now be given powers to cut Air Passenger Duty, leading to cheaper air fares north of the border.

Graeme Mason, the Planning and Corporate Affairs Director, said Newcastle Airport was more than able to compete if they had a level playing field. But he said cheaper fares in Scotland might lead to many people using Glasgow or Edinburgh airports instead.

North East wins £1m Heathrow advertising campaign

The region last night won a competition to win £1million worth of advertising across Heathrow Airport, with over 19,000 votes or ‘likes’ for in the Facebook campaign.

Heathrow has been running a competition where the public can vote for their favourite British region to receive £1m worth of free advertising at the airport.

The North East secured four advertisements which will then be shown across digital screens in all terminals at Heathrow from the end of August until the end of November 2014.

“The competition in total received over 40,000 votes for all four regions so the North East should feel proud to receive this prestigious prize. Heathrow is the gateway to Britain and sees around 73 million passengers a year travel through the airport. With seven flights a day from Heathrow to Newcastle we hope the winning images will inspire passengers to explore the beautiful North East during their visit to the UK."

– John Holland Kaye, Heathrow’s CEO

"The whole region really rallied behind the competition and there was a tremendous last push to secure a win for the North East."

– Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Jet2 release statement over plane diversion

“Flight LS597 from Newcastle to Faro returned to Newcastle Airport due to a minor issue and as a precautionary measure was met by emergency services.

"The aircraft landed safely and a replacement will ensure that our customers depart for their destination later this morning. We would like to apologise to our customers affected by this today.”

– Jet2 spokesperson
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