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."
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.
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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.
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."
"The whole region really rallied behind the competition and there was a tremendous last push to secure a win for the North East."
Passengers who were on board a plane that was diverted back to Newcastle Airport are now continuing their journey.
Flight LS597 was on route to Faro in Portugal when it experienced what operator Jet2 called a "minor issue."
“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.”
Passengers are awaiting a replacement plane after their flight was diverted back to Newcastle Airport this morning.
Flight LS597 was on route to Faro in Portugal when it experienced a "minor issue."
Jet2 say that their customers will "depart for their destination later this morning."
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.
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.
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.