15 AUGUST 2016
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Newcastle International Airport is losing its New York link after United Airlines said it was discontinuing the route. The carrier had operated for two summer seasons. Flights will continue to operate six days a week until 6 September.
Nick Jones, interim chief executive of Newcastle International, said: “We understand that this will be very disappointing news.
“We, United Airlines and our regional partners really have given the New York route our best possible shot during its seasonal period of operation. Passenger numbers in 2016 have been higher than in 2015, but with regret we understand United’s decision.”
Jones pointed out Newcastle continued to have numerous connections for business travellers to the US via its Heathrow, Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and other hub services, and would continue to explore future opportunities for transatlantic flights.
He added: “Newcastle International Airport remains very strong with passenger numbers growing and a number of new routes, including Berlin, Warsaw and Gdansk, recently announced.
“The news regarding the New York service is certainly not reflective of the general trend at the airport.”
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