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Ready for takeoff: Ryanair announce Newcastle base

Ready for takeoff: Ryanair announce Newcastle base

60 direct jobs and 400 indirect jobs will come to the North East, with two based aircraft, 63 departing flights per week and 19 routes, as Ryanair announce Newcastle base.

The announcement of the new base comes as good news, supporting jobs and tourism and giving a much needed boost to UK customers and the UK economy, not just the North East.

As well as 63 departing flights per week, Ryanair’s new Newcastle base will deliver 12 new routes to the likes of Paphos, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Krakow, Menorca, Riga, Milan, Chania and Zadar. A $200m investment also means that two Ryanair aircraft will be based in Newcastle to accommodate the new routes. This means as part of the 60 direct jobs, there may be opportunities for Newcastle based captains, first officers, cabin crew and other roles.

Ryanair Boeing aircraft at Newcastle Airport

One of the Boeing Ryanair aircraft at Newcastle International Airport.

Ryanair has already seen very high demand for low fare flights from Newcastle airport during the summer, as us northerners take a much deserved break and fly to popular destinations such as Palma, Malaga, Alicante and Faro. We can look forward to much more choice next summer with the addition of 12 new routes including Chania, Zadar, Paphos and many more popular destinations.

Ryanair CEO, Eddie Wilson said:

We are delighted to launch a new UK base, which represents a $200m investment at Newcastle. This development will create over 60 direct jobs and offer our UK customers a host of European hotspots to choose from next Summer.”

Nick Jones, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport said:

"Today's announcement from Ryanair to base two aircraft at Newcastle International Airport for summer 2022 is very significant news for both the Airport and the region. Ryanair’s investment is a sign of growing confidence and will provide the North East public with a great selection of new destinations and extra weekly frequencies, providing more options for leisure and business travel. This will create new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineering alongside support services, and will generate economic value for the wider area.”

As Ryanair announce a Newcastle base, the two based aircraft will see the number of routes operated from Newcastle by Ryanair increase from 7 to 19, including some exciting new destinations such as Milan and Riga. These new routes, alongside extra capacity on current services to destinations, provides travellers with choice not only on where to travel but also on the length of time when visiting friends and family, on holiday or away on business.


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