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Ryanair officially opens £150 million Newcastle International Airport base

A budget airline says it has created 60 jobs after spending £150 million to open an airport base.

Ryanair yesterday (Tuesday, March 29) officially cut the ribbon on a hub at Newcastle International Airport.

Bosses say the move, first revealed last summer, will see the Irish carrier base two aircraft at Newcastle and deliver flights to 19 destinations, including new getaways to Chania, Krakow, Riga and Zadar, in Croatia.

Nick Jones, the airport’s chief executive, said: “This is a significant investment and commitment from Ryanair, which will benefit the airport as well as the wider North East, creating hundreds of jobs and providing an even bigger choice of destinations.

“We look forward to welcoming even more Ryanair passengers through our doors.”

Dara Brady, Ryanair’s director of marketing, added: “We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with the airport, and are thrilled to announce our largest Newcastle schedule that offers 130 weekly flights.

“This base, and the introduction of our new routes, reinforces our commitment to increasing connectivity, travel options and inbound tourism to the area, as we will now offer 40 per cent more capacity than pre-pandemic.”