United's New York route from Newcastle to return next summer

United's New York route from Newcastle to return next summer

Summer seasonal United Airlines’ flight between Newcastle and New York will return next summer.

The carrier is to run six flights a week to Newark Liberty airport between May 26 and September 6, 2016.

The service will be operated by 169-seat Boeing 757-200 aircraft with 16 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and 153 in economy, including 45 economy plus seats with added legroom.

United’s UK and Ireland managing director sales, Bob Schumacher, said: “As the first airline to offer a scheduled non-stop service to the USA from northeast England, we are excited to return to Newcastle next year.

“Our flights offer business and leisure travellers not only convenient access to New York but connections to hundreds of other great destinations across the Americas.”

Newcastle airport chief executive, David Laws, added: “The United Airlines service to New York was a route we were determined to deliver for the northeast.

“We have been very pleased with the way in which the operation has performed in this, its first year and with the response of the individuals and businesses who have taken advantage of the service.

“In the past few weeks, many people have been asking us whether the service will return in 2016, so I am delighted to be able to confirm that it will be back.

“We have worked very hard, with our shareholders and other regional partners, to ensure the route has been a success and to secure this further operation.

“As well as connecting the region to New York, United’s Newark hub provides access to a huge range of key cities, including Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando in the United States, and Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in Canada.

“I once again call upon everyone in the northeast to support this route. With a higher frequency and more seats on sale, it will be more important than ever that using this direct service is the first choice for leisure passengers and businesses alike.”

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