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.”