New flight from Newcastle to Toronto announced

Airline Jet2.com has unveiled a new flight from Newcastle airport to Toronto in Canada

The announcement of Jet2.com holidays to Toronto in Canada
The announcement of Jet2.com holidays to Toronto in Canada

Canada's largest city is the latest destination for travellers from Newcastle Airport.

A three-night break in Toronto has been announced as airline Jet2.com unveiled its plans for 2014.

Following the success of previous transatlantic shopping breaks, the airline will be branching out and offering the Canadian city as its latest destination for people living in the region.

Costing from £499 the trip, next April, will give passengers the chance to fly eight hours and some 3,400 miles direct to Toronto for a three-night stay. The Boeing 757 aircraft will stop over in Canada before heading back to Tyneside with its 230 passengers.

There will also be an extra three-night trip to New York after successful breaks over the last two years.

Jet2.com chief executive Steve Heapy said: “This marks a milestone for Jet2holidays at Newcastle International Airport with the expansion of our transatlantic routes.

“We are very excited with the launch of Toronto plus the introduction of an Easter trip to New York, following the success of our Christmas shopping weekends.

CEO of Jet2 Steve Heapy, left, and Newcastle Airport CEO Dave Laws
CEO of Jet2 Steve Heapy, left, and Newcastle Airport CEO Dave Laws
 

“We are thrilled to be giving people direct access to these exciting destinations from Newcastle.

“They are amazing places to visit with a host of iconic sites and attractions including Niagara Falls and the Empire State building and I’m sure they’ll be a success.

“The addition of these two routes reinforces our commitment to offering our local customers an unrivalled choice of great value breaks to a wide range of exciting European and international destinations direct from their doorstep.

“Our trips are always popular and if this goes the same way there is no reason why we won’t put on more flights to these and other new destinations in the future.”

The newly announced flights were among those cited during airport objections to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, currently being built in Cramlington and due for completion in 2015.

During the planning process for the £75m facility the airport raised concerns emergency helicopters accessing the site could cause disruption to airport services, its expansion plans and future flights to places such as Toronto and New York.

Following yesterday’s announcement of the new transatlantic flights the airport explained that there will be no issue with the flights announced as the hospital doesn’t open until 2015.

Three-night package holidays start from £749 with Jet2.com flights starting at £499.

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