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I think as sad as it is to see jobs going, nationally we are going to need provide alternative employment for people involved in fossil fuel industries.

Although the jobs are hardly transferrable, but improvements in high speed rail networks, as well as re-industrialisation of Tyneside, Blyth, Seaham, Sunderland et al to support major green industry and logistics is an absolute must.

Maybe one day there will be a series of solar farms instead of a runway at Newcastle Airport instead.
 

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My friends working for Easyjet, hundreds of direct jobs and hundreds of logistic, customer service and support service jobs going, really bad news, 2 jobs seriously does not cover it.
 

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Really bad news.
Newcastle Airport was only just getting back on it’s feet from the financial disaster of 07/08. It was on course for 10m passengers in the coming years and there was hopes for longer range routes to open.
 

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This is bad news- however most of the places they fly to are covered by other airlines at Newcastle- mainly Spain, Croatia, Malta and a Corfu thrown in. However I preferred easyJet to Ryanair (really crappy planes and service and rubbish times of flights as they don’t have a base), Jet2 (bit pricey now- usually same price for a holiday from them than a flight), Tui (pricey). Only places I see that easyJet fly to that aren’t covered by other airlines are Barcelona, Geneva, Jersey and Nice.
To be fair the writing was on the wall for easyJet at NCL- airlines have tried and failed to get the north east public to have city breaks to Budapest etc. and they all fail- all people want to do is to go on ‘holiday/ sunshine’ destinations not city breaks- all that seems to work from Newcastle to places in Europe are sunshine destinations and there was so much competition for easyJet to these places- maybe also people up here prefer the package holidays rather than arranging your own hence why Jet2 was doing well up here and Tui.
Although a blow, I hope maybe Nice, Geneva and Barcelona will be picked up by Jet2, once the pandemic is over.
The biggest potential blow and this would be a blow is that Emirates don’t return- they are keep pushing back their restart of flights from Newcastle when other places in the U.K. are restarting earlier.
 

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It is sad for economic reasons but I think we have to accept somewhat that COVID is a huge opportunity to change the mindset of convenient flying and have a mass cull of accessible flights.

What is absolutely key however is that these 'trade routes' are not just forgotten about but replaced with better rail and port services
 

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This is devastating, goes far beyond the jobs lost from easyjet.
The airport is going to be in major trouble. Easyjet was a huge chunk of their flights.
The Geneva flight was regularly full of business travellers. Belfast and Bristol too were important business routes. Newcastle has lost a chunk of its competitiveness here.

Between this and everything else things really don't look good for the North East at all. My prospects for staying here into the future have dropped down a few notches.
 

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Belfast and Bristol will remain as they will be run by crew/ aircraft from those places. I thought a lot of the places easyJet cover would continue but with plane/ crew from elsewhere- so a plane and crew from Bristol flys in early (good for business users) same crew and plane then goes to Nice returns to NCL and then back to Bristol early evening. So W shape as Ryanair do. Shock was that they are just cancelling everything. Initially they said NCL would still be part of their operations but clearly it isn’t really (apart from two domestic routes). Like I say I’d like to think that Barcelona, Geneva could be picked up by Jet2 or Ryanair. Thing with Ryanair is that as Newcastle isn’t a base the flight times are poor- flying home from Malaga is at 6am as it’s ran by a plane parked overnight there and with a crew from not NCL. As I say most bucket and spade places are covered with other airlines. I’m more nervous about BA, Emirates, KLM and Air France do in the long term- as I say EK keep putting back the DXB restart flights from NCL.
 

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Geneva also has year round business as a snow destination, given their other similar destinations no surprise of we see a weekly Jet2 flight [though I wish they'd trun the [email protected]@dy tune off when you're on the plane :)].
 

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This is devastating, goes far beyond the jobs lost from easyjet.
The airport is going to be in major trouble. Easyjet was a huge chunk of their flights.
The Geneva flight was regularly full of business travellers. Belfast and Bristol too were important business routes. Newcastle has lost a chunk of its competitiveness here.

Between this and everything else things really don't look good for the North East at all. My prospects for staying here into the future have dropped down a few notches.
COVID reality. Even London airports are under pressure. LGW (UK #2) in particular. Easyjet never really expanded enough at NCL to maintain the base under these pressures.
 

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"Iberia Express to fly from Newcastle airport"

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"Low-cost airline Iberia Express is to fly from Newcastle airport to three Spanish destinations.

The International Airlines Group carrier will operate services between Newcastle and Spain’s capital Madrid, as well as Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, both in the Canary Islands, from this winter.

Flights begin on December 26, 2020 and are scheduled to run through to January 3, 2021.
It will be the first time the Spanish airline has operated from the northeast airport.

Richard Knight, chief operating officer at Newcastle airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome Iberia Express to the region and hope this will be the start of a long relationship.

“There is no doubt this has been a challenging year however, the North East travelling public have shown that demand is there to travel.

“When the Canary Islands were added to the UK’s travel corridor list we saw a huge increase in passengers looking to travel therefore it is great to see even more capacity to these popular destinations this winter.”

Evandro Vianna, chief commercial officer at Iberia Express, said: “We are committed to the recovery of tourism. As the holiday season begins, we believe it is important to support connectivity by strengthening our flight program with new routes and more frequencies that allow our clients to reach their preferred destinations.

“The Canary Islands is one of the most popular destinations during these dates, and because of this, we have opted to operate these new routes to and from the islands of Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. The health and safety of our passengers, crew and collaborators is of course our absolute priority, and to facilitate this, we have implemented a number of prevention and hygiene measures that ensure safety on our flights and provide the customer with a pleasant flying experience.”"

travelweekly.co.uk
 

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Bit lost with this Iberia Express- these flights are only on for like a week? Why bother? Why all but announcement for a weeks worth of flights?
 

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Bit lost with this Iberia Express- these flights are only on for like a week? Why bother? Why all but announcement for a weeks worth of flights?
I'm as confused as you, unless they think they can make a bit of money with people wanting to go for Xmas or New Year....and don't mind being in quarantine on the return from Madrid
 

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I'm as confused as you, unless they think they can make a bit of money with people wanting to go for Xmas or New Year....and don't mind being in quarantine on the return from Madrid
I think IBX are probably just plugging a gap in the seasonal market, perhaps after the end of the present lockdown they are anticipating a surge in demand over the festive period, also there in no need to quarantine on the return from the Canary Islands, the offering of MAD-NCL flights is a means to an end as they need to get the a/c to NCL in the first place to operate the other services.
 

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I think IBX are probably just plugging a gap in the seasonal market, perhaps after the end of the present lockdown they are anticipating a surge in demand over the festive period, also there in no need to quarantine on the return from the Canary Islands, the offering of MAD-NCL flights is a means to an end as they need to get the a/c to NCL in the first place to operate the other services.
Let's hope the need for a negative covid test to travel to the Canaries from 23 November isn't still in place by then
 

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