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3 September 2009 announced yesterday five new summer 2010 routes from its Newcastle base creating a staggering 100,000 extra seats and 450 new jobs. The five brand new routes for the region are Dalaman, Crete, Gran Canaria, Paphos and Sharm el Sheikh.

The new routes start flying in May 2010 and are on sale now at a starting price of £59.99, one way, including taxes. The additional destinations will mean more employment for the area with the creation of over 450 new jobs at and supporting industries.

Philip Meeson, boss at said, “We see the North East as having real growth potential for our leisure business. The people here have really embraced and love flying with us. The new routes are in response to that demand and the new jobs will also hopefully show our renewed commitment to this great region. We will be working closely with the airport to deliver this enhanced service.

“We believe we are developing a real understanding of what the people of the North East want from their holidays - fantastic leisure destinations, low fares and a friendly service. This is proving to be a winning formula and with the five new routes we have just announced, we will continue to give our passengers the destinations they want.”

New destinations and starting fares for summer 2010 now on sale from Newcastle are:

- Dalaman from £69.99 one way including taxes departing from 7th May 2010
- Crete from £69.99 one way including taxes departing from 25th May 2010
- Gran Canaria from £59.99 one way including taxes departing from 1st May 2010
- Paphos from £69.99 one way including taxes departing from 5th May 2010
- Sharm El Sheikh from £79.99 one way including taxes departing from 1st April 2010

In addition to the five new routes also goes on sale today with flights for summer 2010 for Corfu, Cork, Pisa, Rhodes and Split. The airline also has increased its service in summer for Tenerife which will now operate three times a week and Lanzarote which will now operate twice a week with more new routes for the base to come soon.

David Laws, chief executive of Newcastle International said, “Newcastle International’s partnership with has been given another significant boost today.

“With the launch of these new routes, will be providing our customers with additional choice and flexibility for holidays to some of our most popular sunshine destinations - and at low-cost too. The continued expansion of services from Newcastle International is great news for passengers in the region and demonstrates the confidence and commitment the airline has to Newcastle International and the North East.”

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