FOUR new holiday destination come to Newcastle Airport as Ryanair set up shop

Locals can fly to new destinations in Italy, Croatia and Greece

Four new destinations have been added to Newcastle Airport's roster as Ryanair opens a new base in the North East.

The budget airline celebrated the opening of its new base earlier this week which means an investment of $200m and 60 new direct jobs.

Ryanair will operate over 130 weekly flights from Newcastle this summer, 40 more than before the pandemic, and fly 19 routes.

From Newcastle, Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady said: “Ryanair is thrilled to announce its largest Newcastle schedule that offers 130 weekly flights across 19 routes, including 10 new routes to fantastic destinations such as Chania, Milan, and Zadar.

"The opening of this base and introduction of these new routes from Newcastle reinforces our commitment to increasing connectivity, travel options and inbound tourism to the area as Ryanair will now offer 40% more capacity than it did pre-pandemic.

"We are delighted to open this new base and strengthen our relationship with Newcastle Airport, which will now host a fleet of two Ryanair aircraft."

The arrival of Ryanair at Newcastle Airport also means three new destinations for local holidaymakers to choose from.

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia (Image: Adobe Stock)
Riga, Latvia (Image: Adobe Stock)
Riga, Latvia (Image: Adobe Stock)

Ryanair will be flying to Riga in Latvia twice a week.

The capital looks out over the Baltic Sea and is known as a cultural hub.

Visitors can enjoy wonderful architecture, exquisite restaurants and buzzing nightlife for a truly unforgettable trip.

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia (Image: Adobe Stock)
Zadar, Croatia (Image: Adobe Stock)
Zadar, Croatia (Image: Adobe Stock)

Ryanair will be flying twice a week to Zadar in Croatia.

Zadar is known as the country's "coolest city" with something for everyone.

As well as beaches and a rich local history, the city holds some of the country's well-known music festivals.

Milan, Italy

Milan, Italy (Image: Getty Images)
Milan, Italy (Image: Getty Images)
Milan, Italy (Image: Getty Images)

Ryanair will be flying twice a week to Milan in Italy.

The city has garnered an infamous reputation as a fashion hub and sporting mecca.

There's also a treasure trove of architectural wonders and an array of rooftop bars.

Chania, Crete

Chania, Crete (Image: Adobe Stock)
Chania, Crete (Image: Adobe Stock)
Chania, Crete (Image: Adobe Stock)

Ryanair will be flying twice a week to Chania in Crete.

The Greek city is a bit more of a hidden location, known for its 14th-century Venetian harbour.

You can enjoy strolls through narrow streets before dinner overlooking the water.