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Newcastle-Malaga flights cancelled over French air traffic control strike

Ryanair flights from Newcastle to Malaga have been cancelled on Tuesday due to a French air traffic control strike.

Flights FR5158 from Malaga to Newcastle and flight FR5159 from Newcastle to Malaga have been cancelled

New flights to Berlin and Las Palmas from Newcastle Airport

Easyjet flight (library image) Credit: PA (library image)

Easyjet is to launch two new new routes from Newcastle International Airport to Berlin in Germany and Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

The two new routes will start on 1st November.

The easyJet flight to Berlin Schoenefeld will be the only one operating in the North East, and will leave on a Tuesday, Thursday and a Saturday.

Flights from Newcastle to Las Palmas will leave every Tuesday over the winter season.

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
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