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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

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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

Emergency crews have attended diverted plane

Emergency crews were called to assist a passenger plane that made an emergency landing at Newcastle Airport this morning.

Kelly Collier was on board the Jet2 flight LS597 to Faro when it experienced problems.

She told ITV Tyne Tees: "the air pressure dropped in the cabin and everyone had earache."

"Ambulances and fire engines were around us at the end of runway."

No one was hurt in the incident.

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Plane diverted back to Newcastle Airport

Airport emergency crews on standby as plane diverted back to Newcastle Airport Credit: Kelly Collier

A plane has been diverted back to Newcastle Airport after experiencing problems during the flight.

Kelly Collier, who was passenger on the Jet2 plane, told ITV Tyne Tees there was a loss of cabin pressure.

She said airport emergency crews were waiting for them as they taxied in, but no one was hurt.

Air Ambulance gets new home at Newcastle Airport

The Great North Air Ambulance has been given a new base at Newcastle Airport.
The move will dramatically improve response times for emergencies in Northumberland.

The Great North Air Ambulance has been given a new base at Newcastle Airport.

It will be its second base in the North East and will mean a much quicker response time when it is called out to emergencies in Northumberland.

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