(Photo: Bamburgh Castle)
(Photo: Bamburgh Castle, an hour from Newcastle)

United Airlines is running a new direct flight through September from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Newcastle International Airport (NCL) to cart East Coasters to the northeast region of England. The seven-hour flights to Newcastle will be the first-ever regularly scheduled transatlantic flights on a major carrier.

Among the reasons for the new flight: The US dollar is strong, the airport in Newcastle is a less congested regional airport in a convenient location (five miles from downtown), and there’s also easy access to Northern England or Scotland.

“A direct trans-Atlantic service has been a long time ambition for Newcastle International Airport so it’s exciting that we have seen the route come to fruition,” said Sarah Stewart, chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative today in an email correspondence. “It provides North East England with a unique opportunity to explore inbound tourism opportunities.”

In Newcastle
When you get to Newcastle, you can visit a castle with its own beach in Bamburgh Castle, check out the art and culture scene at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, or explore Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing world’s best-preserved Roman wall through reconstructed buildings and live archaeology at the museums.

Harry Potter fans can geek out at Alnwick Castle, where you can play the wizarding world’s favorite sport, Quidditch, and get lessons.

Beaches and the countryside are both within an easy drive of Newcastle. Take an hour’s drive to the Lake District or head for the Northumberland’s coastline two hours away.

Dates
United Airlines will fly direct EWR-NCL from May 22 through September 7, five times a week.

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