British Airways has announced a new route to Portugal after the country was confirmed as one of 12 destinations on the UK government’s first Covid "green list".
Twice-weekly BA flights to Faro, opening up the Algarve, will get under way from Newcastle on 29 May. BA has also added extra Faro services from London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
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Leon McQuaid, Newcastle airport head of aviation development, said the move demonstrated BA’s confidence in the airport and the north east region it serves.
"We know there is pent-up demand for leisure travel to Portugal and British Airways’ announcement is brilliant news for the north east travelling public looking for a well-deserved sunshine break."