Approximately 50,000 customers flew to and from Newcastle International Airport during the first weekend of the school summer holidays – marking the start of one of the busiest times of year for the region’s biggest airport.
Around 300 flights arrive and depart over each weekend during the summer season, with people travelling to and from 80 direct destinations including popular sun spots Spain, the Canary Islands, Turkey, the Algarve and Cyprus, as well as other far flung exotic destinations such as Dubai, Florida, and Mexico or connecting on from London, Amsterdam and Paris.
Many holiday-makers will be returning from their fortnight’s break this weekend – with thousands more heading to the airport to start their holidays.
To help passengers, the Tyne and Wear Metro will have its own steward and stewardess on duty at the Airport Metro Station on Friday August 3 so people get their holidays off to a great start, and to make sure the last leg of the journey home is as easy, cost-effective and hassle-free as possible.
The quick and convenient Metro network means passengers can get to the Airport or home again after their holidays in 23 minutes from Newcastle city centre and 52 minutes from Sunderland city centre.
For anyone not jetting away this summer, the Metro is a great way to get out and about and make the most of your stay-cation. Using the Metro is a quick and easy way to get to some stunning beaches on the Tyne and Wear coast, where there is a whole host of activities for people of all ages to enjoy – many of which are weather proof. Better yet, Metro has teamed up with some of the key attractions to put some money saving offers in place, including the Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, The Dunes Adventure Island, Seven Stories and Life Science Centre. Visit www.facebook.com/mymetrotw for more details.
Sharon Kelly, Customer Services Director, from Tyne and Wear Metro, said: “The service to and from the airport is fast, frequent and a hassle-free way of getting your holiday off to a great start – and getting home again afterwards. We hope people of the North East make the most of the offers available on the Metro to make this summer special. Most Metro park-and-ride car parks are free throughout the summer – so there’s no excuse not to make the most of the fantastic attractions and activities available on our doorsteps.”
All car parks are free throughout the summer, except Kingston Park (free at weekends only), Felling and Heworth.