New airline and routes at Newcastle Airport: Is travelling recovering?

Khanh Ngo explores the implications of the new airline flying from Newcastle Airport, and what this suggests about the travel industry.

Khanh Ngo
16th November 2020
Newcastle International Airport has announced that they have welcomed a new airline, Iberia Express, which will operate multiple flights between Newcastle and Madrid, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria this winter.

Iberia Express is a low-cost Spanish airline which was named the most punctual low-cost airline in Europe for 6 years running. It will be operating the new routes in the week from 26 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.

The news comes following the Canary Islands’ addition to the UK’s travel corridor list - meaning passengers do not need to quarantine upon returning to the UK - and as Tui and Jet2.com added extra capacity to this destination this winter due to increased demand.

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 traveling 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.”

Is the travel industry on the rebound?

If we are to take anything from the first lockdown, yes. Although under different circumstances, traveling will resume and recover.

The first lockdown in April disrupted thousands of travel plans over the Easter and summer holidays, leaving many people yearning for more. And so when it was lifted, many quickly made plans to fly abroad to make up for lost times despite the many restrictions in the UK as well as destination countries.

It would not be so different the second time around. The fact that airlines are expanding capacity and airports are adopting new airlines and routes to satisfy customer demands over the Christmas/ New Year period is a positive sign that the traveling industry is on the rebound.

Although this is in no way enough to compensate for how hard the industry was hit by the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of 2020, it is indeed the start of a recovery.

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