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United Airlines has launched a direct service between Newcastle and Newark.
The flights will operate five-times weekly until September, its first-ever scheduled route to the US from North East England.
Flight UA159 departs Newcastle daily except Wednesday and Thursday at 09:10, arriving at New York/Newark at 12:00 the same day.
The return flight, UA160, departs New York/Newark daily except Tuesday and Wednesday at 07:20, arriving in Newcastle at 07:30 the following day (all times local).
Flight times are seven hours 50 minutes westbound and seven hours 10 minutes eastbound.
“This new service connects Newcastle not only with New York City but also with hundreds of other destinations throughout the Americas via United’s Newark Liberty hub, giving our customers a huge range of travel options,” said United MD sales, Bob Schumacher.
Councillor Iain Malcolm is leader of South Tyneside Council and lead of the LA7 shareholders. He said: "The route marks an important milestone for the North East and will further enhance regional connectivity, grow the regional economy, attract inward investment and encourage tourism."