Newcastle International Airport is preparing for the busiest two weeks of the year with the upcoming Easter period.
The North East’s largest airport is expecting over 200,000 customers to travel through the terminal in the two week period, with many heading off to visit friends and family.
Nick Jones, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport said: “It is fantastic to see people returning to travel in such strong numbers from the region and we look forward to welcoming even more passengers back to the Airport.
“Some of the most popular destinations for the 200,000 passengers travelling through Newcastle over the next two weeks are expected to be Spain, Portugal, Dubai, the Canary Islands and Cyprus.
“Many passengers will also be travelling further afield to cities such as New York, Bangkok and Orlando, connecting from the North East via London Heathrow, Dubai, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.”
As businesses continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, a number of new routes and airline partners have been secured.
Jones continued: “We have a host of new destinations and airlines for our passengers to enjoy this summer.
“Recently we celebrated the opening of a new Ryanair base on site, which brings with it 2 aircraft, over 60 jobs and 19 routes for the airline from Newcastle including 4 new destinations of Milan, Riga, Zadar and Chania.
“This week sees the start of even more flights to the popular sunshine destinations of Antalya and Dalaman in Turkey with Corendon Airlines, a new low cost Turkish airline to join the Airport’s list of operators.
“Finally, next week Aer Lingus will resume 5-weekly flights to Dublin, providing even more connectivity and convenient onward connection to the USA and Canada.”
Alongside rebuilding and retraining its workforce, the airport has been working closely with new partners and businesses to ensure smooth operations of the terminal, with check-in, baggage handling and immigration all expected to be smoothly operated.