HOLIDAYMAKERS in the region have jetted off on the first 'green list' flight from Newcastle Airport. 

Excited holidaymakers from across the North-East set off on the early morning TUI flight to Faro in Portugal.

The country is on the government's 'green list,' which means holidaymakers do not need to self-isolate upon their return. 

Up to 16 flights a week to Portugal are scheduled to depart Newcastle over the summer months as airlines have responded to strong passenger demand.

It is understood that multiple airlines with operate flights to Faro in mainland Portugal, in addition to Jet2 operating to Madeira. 

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport said: “Today marks an extremely important step in the recovery of the Airport as well as the return of international leisure travel for the North East travelling public.

“It was fantastic to see excited passengers arriving at the Airport this morning for the first flight to Portugal. I have no doubt they will have a fantastic time on their well-deserved holiday, where the temperature is 23°C today!”

Airlines operating flights to Faro from Newcastle International Airport include, in date order, TUI from the 27th May, British Airways from the 29th May, Ryanair from the 4th June, and Jet2holidays from the 24th June and easyJet from the 19th July.

Flights to Madeira will operate weekly from the 28th June with and Jet2holidays.