Professor John Wilson, Director of the Newcastle University Business School, told ITV News Tyne Tees the new air route between Newcastle and Copenhagen is a sign of economic recovery and a great opportunity for the business community in the region.
More top news
Andrew Pullan's canoe capsized and he was pulled under the water near Barnard Castle in October 2013.
298 people were killed in the atrocity including Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney & John Alder.
£100,000 of vital maintenance work is being carried out on the Tees Barrage.