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More delays announced at Newcastle Airport

A second day of striking by French Air Traffic Controllers has caused numerous airlines to cancel flights across the UK.

Many passengers are experiencing delays, which are becoming increasingly common as the day progresses:

Newcastle Airport has apologise to their passengers for the disruption industrial action is causing to their journeys:

Our airline partners and operational staff including our Air Traffic Controllers are working very hard to minimise the effect of French industrial action. Passengers with concerns about their flight are advised to contact their airline directly.

– Newcastle Airport spokesperson

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French strike: Flights cancelled at Newcastle Airport

Several airlines have been forced to cancel flights today because of a second day of striking by French air traffic controllers.

Currently five flights at Newcastle Airport have been cancelled:

  • AF1058 from Paris to Newcastle at 1110
  • EZY6468 from Geneva to Newcastle at 1515
  • AF1559 from Newcastle to Paris at 0625
  • EZY6467 from Newcastle to Geneva at 1030
  • AF1059 from Newcastle to Paris at 1150

The strikers from the SNCTA union are protesting against restructuring plans that, they say, threaten the air navigation service in France.

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The controllers are also due to stage another stoppage next week and yet another one at the end of this month.

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Paris-Newcastle flight cancelled due to French strikes

Hundreds of flights across the UK have been cancelled due to the current air strike by French air traffic controllers, in the latest stage in a long-running dispute over pension reforms.

France's largest air traffic controllers' union is walking out for 48 hours. Credit: Reuters

Only one flight to Newcastle Airport has been cancelled so far:

  • Air France flight 1158 from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Newcastle scheduled for 1615 has been cancelled.

The SNCTA union has called the strike for Wednesday and Thursday with the threat of further walkouts from April 16-18 and from April 29 to May 1.

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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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