Newcastle airport to gain first transatlantic service

Newcastle airport to gain first transatlantic serviceNewcastle airport is to gain its first scheduled non-stop transatlantic service next year.

United Airlines is to serve its hub at Newark with a summer-only service operating five days a week.

The flights will run between May 23 and September 7, subject to government approval.

The carrier is to deploy a 169-seat Boeing 757 on the route.  Flight times will be 7 hours 50 minutes westbound and 7 hours 10 minutes eastbound.

United’s UK and Ireland sales managing director, Bob Schumacher, said: “We’re very excited about introducing non-stop flights to New York from Newcastle next summer.

“We’ll be offering the people of northeast England easy, convenient travel options not only to New York City but also to destinations throughout the Americas.

“United already offers a transatlantic service from more cities in the UK than any other airline and we’ve every reason to be confident that this new service will be a success.”

Newcastle airport chief executive, David, Laws said: “For many years, and everywhere I go, people have been stopping me and asking, when is the northeast going to get a New York service?

“I have been clear throughout that this is a route that we have been determined to deliver for the region. We have been carefully and quietly working behind the scenes, with our shareholders, to secure what will be another game-changing new route.

“United Airlines is the best airline to operate this service. They have an exceptional track record of linking UK regions to their New York/Newark hub, where customers can then connect to over 100 onward destinations.”

Sourced from Travel Weekly

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