A new airline is set to land at Newcastle Airport next summer after it announced new flights to a popular European holiday destination.

Turkish airline Sun Express will launch three weekly flights from March next year to the holiday resort of Antalya, Turkey, running all summer.

The new service will depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March 28 through to October 28, 2023.

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The airline will become the third to operate flights to Antalya from Newcastle and is another new addition to the airport.

Peter Glade, SunExpress’s Commercial Director said: “We are thrilled to be further expanding our footprint in the UK and to add Newcastle International Airport to our route network next year.

The Northern Echo: Sun Express is launching the new flights from the end of March 2023. Picture: PRSun Express is launching the new flights from the end of March 2023. Picture: PR (Image: PR)

“I’m sure that passengers in England’s North-Eastern region will fall in love quickly with our vibrant and diverse home city. It offers everything that makes for a successful holiday: crystal-clear water, beautiful beaches, excellent cuisine and unbeatable value for money."

Newcastle Airport says Turkey remains one of the most popular destinations for North East holidaymakers.

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Chris Ion, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport said: ‘’We are delighted that SunExpress has chosen Newcastle International Airport and the North East of England as their newest UK airport gateway and we look forward to welcoming the Airline to the Airport in 2023.

“Turkey is one of the North East’s most popular holiday destinations and this summer saw our largest ever choice of flights and holidays to the destination.

“This new service from SunExpress will offer our passengers even more choice at competitive prices to explore Antalya, one of the most popular and vibrant holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.’’

SunExpress was named Best Leisure Airline in Turkey 2021 at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The airline currently operates flights from London Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham airports, expanding their services for summer 2023 to include Newcastle and Bristol Airports.

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