In a bid to gain a 100% growth in the region, Ryanair are to dramatically increase its flights out of Newcastle Airport.
The move comes as demand has been extremely high out of Newcastle Airport for short haul, European holiday ‘hot spot’ flights.
With ambitious plans of attracting an additional 110,000 passenger next year, the airline will be flying four times a week to all year round favourites, Malaga, and Alicante five times a week.
The increase will mean the airline will need an additional 200 staff, bringing job opportunities to the airport, which Newcastle has hailed as “very good news”.
What’s more, the airport will also be able to use the show of commitment by Ryanair as a way of attracting additional airlines.
Speaking about the new flights, Graeme Mason, Planning and Corporate Affairs Director at the airport, said, “One of the challenges this summer is that our flights have been quite full and people have not been able to fly from Newcastle, so have had to go to other airports. So this additional capacity is encouraging – Ryanair’s presence in the North East has perhaps not been as good as it should have been, but now having more from such an important airline, with such an extensive route network, it adds to choice and is good for the regional economy.”