The move strengthens Brussels Airlines’ network presence in the United Kingdom and is the first codeshare agreement for bmi regional since its independence 20 months ago. The timetable (departures from Newcastle at 6.45am and 5.05pm; departures from Brussels at 9.50am and 8.25pm) enables passengers to combine the Newcastle service with many Brussels Airlines destinations including New York; business hubs in Africa such as Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda and Nairobi; and European destinations such as Berlin, Geneva, Milan, Rome and Vienna. The schedule also allows business travellers to make return trips between the two cities in one day, ideal for meetings and conferences.
bmi regional operates the route using its all-jet Embraer fleet and service includes at-seat full bar and meal service in addition to 30-minute check-in and 20kg hold baggage. Last year, bmi regional was named “Silver Airline of the Year” at the European Regions Airline Association (ERAA) annual awards in Austria and is noted as the most punctual scheduled airline in the UK for nine consecutive years, according to independent data used by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
“We are delighted to add Newcastle to our growing European network portfolio thanks to this new partnership with bmi regional.The direct flight serving Newcastle is not only good news for Brussels Airlines passengers but also for the Newcastle region as new travel solutions to Brussels and many other destinations in Europe, Africa and the United States are now created.”
-- Lars Redeligx, CCO of Brussels Airlines
“Our first codeshare agreement ensures that our customers from the northeast of England now enjoy the convenience that comes with links to 52 countries served by Brussels Airlines. The new link will bring considerable commercial benefit to Newcastle and the region, not least making it easier for potential overseas investors and trade partners to visit.”
-- Cathal O’Connell, CEO of bmi regional
"This codeshare announcement is great news for travellers from Newcastle Airport. Not only can they visit Belgium and all it has to offer, but passengers can also make use of the wide range of connections to reach points on Brussels Airlines network. Passengers wishing to travel to Brussels can book as normal with bmi regional or with Brussels Airlines, and those wishing to travel further can make use of this Brussels Airlines agreement via the Brussels Airlines website. I’m sure this will be very popular with North East leisure and business travellers alike.”
-- Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport
As the largest city in North East England, Newcastle upon Tyne is internationally known for its industry and business, its university, and of course Newcastle United Football Club. The city is also worth visiting because of its historical and modern architecture, vibrant culture, nightlife and numerous shopping opportunities. Within a short travelling distance visitors can reach the cathedral City of Durham, Hadrian’s Wall and the magnificent Northumberland Coast.
Including Newcastle, Brussels Airlines offers its passengers a total of six connections in the UK. Newcastle, London Heathrow, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh are all served by Brussels Airlines.
Book all connecting flights at www.brusselsairlines.com.
|Route||Operator Code||Marketing Code||Days of the week||Dept||Arr||Period|
|Brussels - Newcastle||BM1102||SN4413||1 2 3 4 5 . .||0950||1015||30mar-25oct|
|BM1108||SN4417||1 2 3 4 5 . 7||2025||2050||30mar-25oct|
|Newcastle - Brussels||BM1101||SN4412||1 2 3 4 5 . .||0625||0850||30mar-25oct|
|BM1107||SN4416||1 2 3 4 5 . 7||1705||1930||30mar-25oct|
About bmi regional
bmi regional operates an all-jet fleet comprising 18 Embraer 135 and 145 aircraft. The airline now operates more than 300 scheduled flights a week across a network of 20 destinations in nine European countries and employs more than 400 staff. bmi regional has held the title of the UK’s most punctual airline for the past nine consecutive years, most recently in 2013.
Its scheduled network includes Stavanger, Oslo, Harstad-Narvik Airport (Evenes), Kristiansund in Norway, Brussels in Belgium; Esbjerg in Denmark; Toulouse in France; Bremen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich in Germany; Milan in Italy; Gothenburg in Sweden, and Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich in the UK.
About Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport is the largest airport in the North East. It’s a jobs generator, supporting 3,200 jobs on site and a further 4,600 across the region.
Newcastle International Airport is a public private partnership. Seven local authorities own 51% of the airport company; Durham County Council, Gateshead MB Council, Newcastle City Council, Northumberland Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council. 49% is owned by AMP Capital.
The airport serves a catchment area of the North East, South Scotland, Cumbria, and North Yorkshire and contributes £646 million into the regional economy every year. In 2013, 4.46 million customers passed through its doors. Newcastle International connects to 80 destinations directly and provides customers with access via a wider global network through London, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and Dubai.
At the Airport Operators Association (AOA) Awards ceremony 2012, Newcastle was awarded the 'Best Airport with up to six million passengers in the UK' for the fourth year running voted for by some of the world’s leading airlines and tour operators. In 2013 Which? readers voted Newcastle International Airport the best large airport.