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United Flying to Newcastle from Newark This Summer

Airlines & Airports | United Airlines | James Ruggia | May 19, 2015

United Flying to Newcastle from Newark This Summer

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This Saturday, May 23, United Airlines will launch direct five-days-a-week service from Newark (EWR) to Newcastle International Airport (NCL) in the North East of England. The service will be offered through the end of September. The Newark to Newcastle is a first for a major carriers, as no other has ever offered Trans-Atlantic service into Newcastle.

The service will provide direct access to visit England’s North Country and easier access into Scotland with the added convenience of flying into a regional airport without all of the traffic and confusion of beginning an English holiday in Heathrow. During the busy summer travel season, smaller crowds and shorter lines means your vacation starts the moment you touch down in Britain.

“Newcastle International Airport provides a perfect gateway to the North of England,” said VisitBritain New York representative, Meredith Pearson. “It is conveniently located just a short drive or train ride from some of England’s most iconic places: The Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, the medieval town of York and the famed coastal Bamburgh Castle which sits on one of Britain’s top 10 beaches.”

The service will be supported by a consumer marketing campaign by VisitBritain in partnership with the Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative. Newcastle is conveniently located within a close drive or train ride from some of England’s most iconic places: The Lake District is a 1 hour and 40 minute drive; York is an hour by train or a 1 hour and 40 minute drive; and Hadrian’s Wall is a 45 minute train ride or 1 hour’s drive. Hadrian’s Cycleway, a 160-mile National Cycle Network Route, runs from Cumbria’s west coast to Northumbria’s east coast on the path of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. The journey begins at Glannavanta Roman Bath House in Ravenglass. It takes in the scenery of the North Pennines, Newcastle-Gateshead and ends at Arbeia Roman Fort on the North Sea coast.

Newcastle-Gateshead is home to such musical figures as Sting, Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry from Roxy Music and Lee Hall, the writer of Billy Elliott. Newcastle features attractions from Alnwick Castle (a Harry Potter set), and Seven Stories, an attraction that brings the world of children’s books to life, to the award-winning Life Science Center which explores the fascinating story of human life and includes the only 4D motion ride in the North East and a huge planetarium.

Newcastle was an important port during the Industrial Revolution. The prosperity from that time survives on in a superb Victorian architecture. The rich merchants and industrialists enthusiastically used their wealth to patronize the arts, resulting in a rich heritage of paintings, theater and music. VisitBritain continues to seek ways to get American travelers beyond London. It’s a completely different England in the north, a fact that is evidenced by Hadrian’s Wall, built by Romans, like the wall in Game of Thrones, to keep the Wildings north of the wall. 

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