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Sonic boom sparks compensation claims

The sonic boom was caused by an RAF Typhoon Credit: PA

A sonic boom, caused when RAF jets were called to accompany a plane in to Newcastle Airport, has caused a string of compensation claims.

People across North Yorkshire heard the sonic booms on May 2nd, 2016, after two Typhoon jets were launched from RAF Coningsby to intercept an Air France passenger plane. The plane wasn't responding because of a radio communication problem and was escorted to Newcastle International Airport.

The boom caused houses to shake, now a Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the i newspaper, shows claims have since been made to the MoD for damage to windows, roofs, ceilings and a fish tank.

The MoD has paid out just under £640 for the damage and is dealing with another seven claims.

In response to the FoI request, the MoD said supersonic flight is not routinely permitted over land in the UK and training is carried out over sea.

"Recent reports of supersonic flight overland have been caused by RAF Quick Reaction Alert Typhoon aircraft who have been on air defence missions authorised to transit at supersonic speed for operational reasons.

"Any inconvenience caused to the public is regretted but this must be balanced against the need to maintain national security in an unpredictable and dangerous world."

– Ministry of Defence

Ryanair flights to Malaga from Newcastle cancelled

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Both in-bound and out-bound flights to Malaga from Newcastle airporthave been cancelled (THURS 28th)

The following flights are affected:

  • FR5159 MALAGA 0930 (departure from Newcastle)
  • FR5158 MALAGA 0905 (arrival from Malaga)

The reason for the cancellation appears to be connected to industrial action by French air traffic controllers. For more information click here

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Durham County Cricket Club announces Newcastle Airport as new sponsor

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Durham County Cricket Club has announced that Newcastle International Airport will be the official sponsor of what is currently the Emirates Riverside's iconic North East Terrace.

Often pictured with Lumley Castle as a backdrop the terrace will now be named 'The Newcastle International Airport Stand'.

Diverted Newcastle flight lands safely

Newcastle international Airport has confirmed that flight BM1101 from Newcastle to Brussels, diverted to Maastricht, landed safely. Information on later flights is due to be released.

The airport plans to run as normal.

"Newcastle International Airport is aware of the situation in Brussels and our thoughts are with all those affected.

"The airport remains open and is operating as normal. We are liaising with the appropriate authorities to ensure the safety and security of our passengers which is always our main priority."

– Newcastle International Airport

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Police officers in hospital after Newcastle Airport arrest

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Two police officers are in hospital after an assault at Newcastle International Airport.

At 6.50am this morning, December 24, three police officers and a two members of airport staff were assaulted by a man.

While the man was being detained, he became aggressive and assaulted the officers and staff causing injuries.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.

"The safety of our officers and staff, and indeed the wider public, is paramount to us, and we will not tolerate any violence towards our officers. Enquiries are ongoing into this incident and anyone who saw what happened is asked to contact us with information.

"Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101 quoting reference 181 24/12/15 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

– Chief Inspector Ron Charlton

Four festive flights from Newcastle Airport to Barcelona

Vueling Airlines has launched the first of four flights from Newcastle International Airport to Barcelona over the festive period.

Arriving under a traditional water cannon salute, the Spanish carrier is offering the chance to discover the capital of Catalonia this Christmas and New Year, before returning with a summer service in March.

We are delighted to welcome Vueling Airlines to Newcastle Airport.

This new service offers extra choice and more opportunity for passengers looking to travel to Barcelona and beyond.> Vueling's extensive route network allows through-ticket connections to onward Spanish destinations such as Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid and Seville."

– Chris Sanders, Aviation Development Director at Newcastle International Airport

Appeal for pilots to take part in 24 hour charity 'Flyathon'

A business is appealing for pilots to depart for NCL for a 24 hour 'Flyathon'.

The Flight Sim Centre, which is based by Newcastle Airport, is staging the event on October 24 - 25 to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

It is being held in their Boeing 737 simulator, where the pilots and the public can donate to 'fly' for an hour or more.

Similar events around the world have proved very popular and generated thousands of pounds for their respective charities

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