Travellers will once again be able to fly non-stop to New York form Newcastle after United Airlines announced its seasonal service will return in time for next summer.
The route between Newcastle International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, will operate six flights weekly from May 26 until September 6.
Flights will depart Newcastle daily at 9.30am, except on Wednesdays, and flight times will be seven hours and 50 minutes westbound.
The return flight will depart New York/Newark daily at 7.20pm, except Tuesdays, arriving in Newcastle at 7.30 am the following day with a seven hours, 10 minutes duration.
The Newcastle flights have been timed to connect with onwards flights from Newark.
“As the first airline to offer a scheduled nonstop service to the USA from North East England, we are excited to return to Newcastle next year,” said United Airlines UK and Ireland managing director Bob Schumacher.
“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’s chief executive David Laws said: “The United Airlines service to New York was a route we were determined to deliver for the North East.
“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 today 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 North East 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.”
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, and lead of the LA7 Shareholders, said: “On behalf of the Local Authority Shareholders and the North East region, I am delighted that all the hard work has paid off, and we have secured the United Airlines service to New York for a second year. I said last year that the new route would be very significant in terms of enhancing regional connectivity, growing the economy, attracting inward investment and encouraging inbound tourism.
“The 2015 operation has been a very solid start in these respects, and I am confident that the return of the route at an increased frequency will further strengthen our region. We will be continuing to work with a number of partner organisations, including the inbound tourism bodies to promote the region in the States and with the business community to encourage firms to use the service to access North American markets.”