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Newcastle to New York: What it took to bring the North East's direct USA flight to the region

Airport chief Dave Laws reveals how Lord Adonis helped push the deal over the line.

Go North East 'a leader in social media'

REGIONAL bus giant Go North East has become the only local company to be ranked in the top 50 of travel social brands – beating international big hitters including British Airways.

THE FTSE 100 finished 68.3 points down yesterday. The UK housing sector again suffered following further disparaging reports of the prospects for the industry.

Yesterday the IMF warned of severe over-pricing of property, reporting US prices had been mispriced by up to a third, with UK prices even more out of kilter.

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Wednesday lunchtime business bulletin

Scottish & Newcastle faces takeover bid; Coffee shop group Caffe Nero delivers leap in profits; Air France-KLM and US airline Delta unveils Heathrow flights to rival BA.

Airport chiefs in talks to introduce US routes

DIRECT flights to the United States from Newcastle Airport could come a step closer next week.

BA searches for partners to land Spanish line

British Airways says it has approached a number of private equity companies about making an offer for Spain's Iberia airline.

Security fears hold up flights

A transatlantic flight from Manchester was diverted to an airport in the far north-east of the United States last night after a reported threat.

Flight continues

More than 200 travellers whose plane was forced to turn around mid-air between Britain and the US after security fears over the passenger list continued on their journeys yesterday.

Flight turned back

A flight to the US from Heathrow was forced to turn around in mid-air and return yesterday, after authorities in America discovered a passenger's name on their "no fly list".

Airline pilot `drunk'

An airline pilot from the US was charged yesterday with being drunk before trying to board a transatlantic flight.

Airlines' alliance ready for take-off

British Airways is looking to reopen talks with US carrier American Airlines with a view to forging a closer alliance between the two groups, it emerged yesterday.

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