A new direct service from Newcastle to Brussels has been launched at Newcastle International Airport today.
bmi regional launched its new service today. Monday, March 3, the only direct flight to link the two cities.
The route is operated by a 49-seater Embraer jet aircraft twice daily Monday to Friday and on Sunday afternoons.
The flights will offer business and leisure travellers the opportunity to reach the Belgian capital in just 75 minutes from £80 per person including taxes one way.
As the plane touched down at Newcastle Airport, it was welcomed to the north east by a guard of honour water salute from the Airport Fire Service.
bmi regional CEO Cathal O’Connell said: “This is our first route from Newcastle International and we’re delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the north east of England to the Belgian capital.
“Last year we launched over a dozen new routes from British airports and our new Newcastle to Brussels service opens up opportunities for those travelling for business and for pleasure.”
Dave Laws, chief executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the launch of this new service and our partnership with bmi regional. Since it was first announced last year, the service has been welcomed by both leisure and business travellers in the north east.
“This is a vital European connection and will help regional businesses to prosper. It will also give leisure travellers the opportunity to sample Belgium and what it has to offer.”
Martin Callanan, MEP for the north east, added: “I am delighted that bmi regional are starting their Newcastle to Brussels route as good air links in the region are vital for the business community here.
“I wish this additional service every success and look forward to using it myself regularly.”
The airline carried almost 500,000 customers in 2013, having become independent from BMI in June 2012, and has pursued a sustainable expansion strategy whilst retaining full in-flight service and the highest customer service standards.