Airport bosses will today unveil a double daily service to the heart of European power in Brussels.
Bmi will operate the direct link from Newcastle International Airport to Brussels International with a 49-seater jet aircraft.
“This is our first route from Newcastle International and we’re delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the North East of England to the Belgian capital,” said Cathal O’Connell, CEO at bmi regional.
“This year, we’ve launched over a dozen new routes from British airports and our new Newcastle to Brussels service opens up opportunities for those travelling for business and for pleasure.”
Chris Sanders, aviation development director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We’re delighted with the announcement that bmi regional will be operating a new Brussels service from March 2014. The route is a key hub both for business and leisure travellers and one we are sure will be very popular.”
The flights are scheduled to begin on March 3, 2014 and will take around 75 minutes and cost from £69.99 per person, including taxes. Bmi regional offers a full in-flight service including at-seat meals and full bar selection, in addition to 20kg of checked baggage per person and 30-minute check-in.
The carrier was named Silver Airline of the Year at the annual European Regions Airline Association (ERA) awards in Austria this month.
Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council and leader of the LA7 shareholders, said: “The launch of bmi’s Newcastle to Brussels service is great news for the regional economy. Connectivity is vital to enable businesses to grow and prosper, and we’re sure that the regional business community will be thrilled with this announcement.”
Charles Bragg, research & development director, P&G UK & Ireland, said: “P&G considers flights from Newcastle to Brussels as a vital transport link between our European Innovation centres in these cities, and to enable engagement with the EU, so we are delighted about the announcement of regular flights.” Arnaud Feist, CEO at Brussels Airport Company: “Newcastle has been a very important missing link in our extensive network to the UK.
“We are very pleased that bmi regional – multiple winner of the Brussels Airport punctuality award for regional airlines and a long-term business partner for Brussels Airport – will commence direct flights to the Capital of Europe.”