THE low-cost airline, Ryanair has announced a brand new route from Newcastle Airport which will operate twice per week throughout the summer period.

The brand new service between the region and Chania, in Crete will begin in July 2021 as part of the airline's summer schedule.

Offering introductory fares from just under £20, Ryanair said North-East families can book their summer getaway and later change their plans for no additional fee.

It comes as foreign holidays are currently banned under national restrictions, something which will be reviewed within the next several weeks.

Those who travel abroad without a valid reason, such as education or for work purposes, will face a fine of £5,000 from March 29.

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Jason McGuinness, Ryanair’s Commercial Director, said: “We are pleased to announce a new Newcastle to Chania route, commencing in July 2021 and flying twice weekly as part of our UK Summer 2021 schedule."

Ryanair says it has temporarily introduced a zero change fee, which will run until the end of October 2021, allowing passengers change or postpone travel up to two times.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation at Newcastle International Airport said: ""We are delighted that Ryanair have added this twice weekly service to Chania, Crete from July.

"This is excellent news for those in the North-East considering a getaway this summer when travel restrictions are eased.

"Despite the pandemic and the impact it is having on the aviation industry, this eighth destination from Ryanair shows that Newcastle International Airport is going from strength to strength and we look forward to welcoming customers from across the region to travel to these popular destinations."