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Tom Keighley

Newcastle Airport's upcoming Brussels route promises inbound tourism

An upcoming bmi regional route between Newcastle and Brussels promises inbound tourism, NewcastleGateshead Initiative said.

Speaking ahead of bmi regional’s launch of the route on March 3, Sarah Stewart, the chief executive of the destination management and marketing agency, said it was positive news for the North East’s tourism economy and business community.

She said: “The growing number of airlines choosing Newcastle International Airport signals a real confidence both in the airport and the destination.

“NewcastleGateshead and the wider region remains an attractive destination for city break visitors and those interested in doing business here. bmi regional’s new double daily service will gather a lot of support from businesses here in the North East and in Belgium.

“It’s extremely encouraging to welcome a new airline and a brand new route that will continue growth in inbound tourism in NewcastleGateshead and the North East.”

Cathal O’Connell, CEO at bmi regional, said: “This is our first route from Newcastle International and we’re delighted to provide the only direct flight for travellers from the North East of England to the Belgian capital.

“Brussels has so much to offer for leisure travellers such as a vibrant cultural offering and beautiful surroundings such as the Grand Place – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and traditional Flemish houses. As well as Brussels itself, travellers can make use of the excellent Belgian rail services running from Brussels Airport to reach Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp with ease.”

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