Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Airbus Touches Down at Airport; Plane Could Boost Tourist Numbers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Airbus Touches Down at Airport; Plane Could Boost Tourist Numbers

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Byline: Michael Brown

BUSINESS leaders have welcomed the arrival of a pounds 20m plane that could see thousands of extra tourists flocking to the North East each year.

Budget airline easyJet yesterday touched down its bright orange Airbus A320 - a 180-seat jet that will help add 50,000 seats to the company's routes.

The aircraft will be used initially for holiday travel to destinations such as Barcelona, Majorca, Nice and Paris.

But from December it will also see service on the firm's newly announced year-round service to Amsterdam, a route that replaces flights to the French capital.

Dave Laws, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: "The new service from easyJet to Amsterdam this winter is a fantastic addition to our low-cost portfolio, as well as a great boost to the region's tourism economy.

"The North East is incredibly popular with Dutch tourists who visit the region to shop and watch our top-class football teams in action. …

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