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With British Airways (BA) pulling off the Newcastle-Gatwick service (and Eastern Airways already standing down on a Newcastle ” London City operation), low fare airline Jet2 has come on the route.
In an unusual step the carrier, part of the Dart Group Plc including cargo operator Channel Express, has leased in a BAe 146 to operate the route. Jet2 offers three return flights daily.
Jet2 boss, Philip Meeson said: ”I am thrilled to launch our latest service from Newcastle International and underline our commitment to providing the people of the North East and beyond the lowest possible fares to great destinations. With three flights a day to the nation”s capital, I know that this route will prove to be incredibly popular, whether for business, city breaks or onward internationally.
”Advance ticket sales have been beyond our expectations, clearly showing how residents of the North East have been crying out for low cost fares matched with the highest standards of service to London, something BA was clearly not able to offer them.”