Take a look at the brand new luxury lounge which is set to open at Newcastle Airport
The premium lounge will provide a space for up to 100 passengers to relax and socialise before jetting off from Newcastle.Newcastle International Airport has revealed plans to build a brand new luxury lounge, which will open its doors to passengers next year.
The premium facility, which can seat up to 100 passengers, will feature an upmarket bar area and serve a range of food ahead of any flight.The superior lounge area, which is set to open in time for summer 2020, will boast high-end hospitality and views of the runway – with a place to relax and socialise for leisure passengers.
Dedicated working zones will also be incorporated for business travellers, with desk space, charging ports and super-fast WiFi.Nick Jones, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport , said: “Airport lounges are becoming increasingly popular, and with the introduction of this new premium lounge in summer 2020, this will ensure we are satisfying customer demand.
“We are working closely with the designers to create a high-quality facility that responds to range of customer requirements including our business customers, with super-fast WiFi and a dedicated working zone.
“Customers will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the runway, with an excellent range of food and drink on offer – we look forward to unveiling more information in the coming months, including the name.”The new lounge has been specifically designed by North East-based company, Ward Robinson, to be a comfortable yet luxurious communal space - providing a sense of calm.
The luxury space will be the airport’s third executive lounge, alongside the Aspire Lounge and the BA Lounge.Passengers will be able to pre-book access into the lounge from January 2020 via the Newcastle Airport website or the NCL Airport App.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the LA7 shareholders, added: "Through this new development, the Airport is showing that the focus at the heart of its strategy is to put passengers first and create the best possible customer experience.
“The new lounge is evidence that the Airport is constantly investing and going from strength to strength – whilst at the same time generating millions of pounds for the local economy.This type of investment is the reason that Newcastle International Airport has been voted named the ‘Best Airport’ for two years running.”
Massive £377m North East transport wish list moves a step closer
Metro improvements, a reopened railway and better cycle routes are all on the wishlist.A ‘monumental’ overhaul of the North East’s public transport has moved one step closer.A final bid for £377m of government cash to fund dramatic upgrades to the region’s public transport network will be submitted in the coming days.The money could help fund the re-opening of a disused rail line between Newcastle and Northumberland, more frequent Metro trains, station revamps, and cycle route improvements.
Leaders from the area’s seven local councils and North of Tyne mayor Jamie Driscoll agreed to approve the final bid for submission to the Department for Transport’s Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) on Tuesday.And while full details could not be revealed due to pre-election purdah rules, it is understood that the bid is largely the same as draft plans revealed this summer.
That wishlist included £108m to enable the twin tracking of the Metro between Pelaw and Tyne Dock – a change that would allow for the daytime frequency of trains across the network to be increased from five to six per hour.A further £99m was also earmarked to help restore passenger trains to the railway line running between Newcastle and Northumberland, via Ashington and Blyth.
Other schemes included more than £30m towards redevelopment of Newcastle and Sunderland rail stations, £11m for bus route improvements from South Shields to Newcastle, enhanced park and ride facilities, and £4.25m towards the demolition and redevelopment of Durham bus station.
Councillor Martin Gannon told the North East Joint Transport Committee that the TCF bid is “absolutely monumental in terms of securing our vision for the future of transport in the region”.
He added that a launch event could be held after the general election “to discuss what the scale of the bid is that we are putting in, our expectations from that, and what our vision for the region is”.Mr Driscoll said after the meeting that whichever party forms the next government must "take transport devolution seriously".The mayor said that massive improvements in public transport are the "only way" that the region can hit its targets to reduce harmful emissions.
He added: "It is also the only way we can unlock our economic potential. A lot of people cannot get to education or work - we need to fix that."Whichever government is in there, they have to take transport seriously. You cannot operate on the basis of saying it is all about individual responsibility."
A decision on how much money the North East would be allocated had been expected before the end of the year.Transport bosses say that every scheme funded through the project should be delivered between 2020 and 2023.
Why is there a giant cake in Newcastle's Northumberland Street?
A colourful Amsterdam scene has been created in cake by DFDS and here's how you can enjoy a slice for free
Fields of tulips, a canal lined with pastel-coloured houses, bridges and bicycles have been recreated in vanilla-flavoured sponge and icing form in an eye-catching display from DFDS.
A remarkable Amsterdam-inspired giant cake - more of a sculpture - has taken up position in Newcastle outside Haymarket Metro Station on Northumberland Street where it can't fail to catch the eye of passers-by.
And no doubt there will be a rush on when it gets cut at noon this Tuesday.
Free slices of the seven-foot by five-foot whopper will be given out to visitors on behalf of ferry operator DFDS to promote its Newcastle to Amsterdam route.
The creation, with its intricate scene including typically-narrow Dutch houses and a windmill, is the work of world renowned cake artist Michelle Wibowo and took more than 100 hours to make.
The giveaway from noon is to celebrate the DFDS's popular local route to Holland's capital which has daily departures from Port of Tyne in North Shields.
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In the past three years, more than 24,000 people have made the crossing and the hope is that having a chance to share in a 100kg cake will be food for thought encouraging many more to book a trip.
The award-winning DFDS, which also hosts the likes of music cruises and murder mysteries , is advertising mini-cruises starting from £70 per person and there is also an option to take a car.
DFDS Vice President Kasper Moos said: "We’re incredibly excited to be celebrating one of Europe’s most vibrant capitals by giving the people of Newcastle a flavour of one of our most popular destinations.
"Our daily Newcastle to Amsterdam route is a convenient and affordable option for travellers who want the freedom to explore the beautiful regions that surround the city of Amsterdam."He joked: "We hope the cake inspires people to visit the area for themselves - after all, travelling by ferry is a piece of cake!”