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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

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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

Newcastle Airport voted best in the UK

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Newcastle Airport has been rated the best large airport in the UK by Which? Magazine readers for the third year running.

The final standings were revealed after 11,266 people shared their experiences of the UK’s airports. Newcastle topped the list of airports with over 4 million passengers annually, with a customer score of 72%.

Passengers were asked to rate the airport on categories including the check-in experience, quality of food outlets and seating. The Airport scored particularly highly on queues at security, bag drop and passport control.

The result is even more impressive as it came when we were undertaking £14 million development work to our departure lounge to further improve the customer experience. I’d like to thank our passengers for their patience during construction.

– Dave Laws, Chief Executive, Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle to New York flights set to return for Summer '16

United Airlines has announced that its seasonal nonstop service between Newcastle and New York will return next summer.

The flights to and from Newark airport will operate six times weekly from the 26th of May last year to the 6th of September.

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“As the first airline to offer a scheduled nonstop service to the U.S.A. from North East England, we are excited to return to Newcastle next year,”

– Bob Schumacher, United’s Managing Director Sales

Flight UA75 will depart Newcastle daily except Wednesday at 9:10 a.m., arriving at New York/Newark at 12:00 p.m. the same day.

The return flight, UA74, will depart New York/Newark daily except Tuesday at 7:20 p.m., arriving in Newcastle at 7:30 a.m. the following day.

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Flight times will be seven hours 50 minutes westbound and seven hours 10 minutes eastbound.

The North East to New York direct route was launched for the first time this year.

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