Newcastle has a bright future indeed:
Continental is likely with a daily 757 Newark route in 2006. Emirates is another possibility, with more UK regional services mooted such as Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Bristol. I think it is a matter of time for these two. Zoom is also a good bet with their recent addition of flights from Cardiff and Belfast to Toronto, Newcastle is undoubtedly high on their list of potential destinations. Air Transat will likely increase capacity in summer 2006 by using an A330. On the charter side, a Cancun flight is likely, providing the Dom Rep flights prove popular this year. Orlando/Sanford is very strong this year and hopefully this will be kept up in the future.
The bulk of growth in the european market will undoubtedly come from the low cost airlines. easyJet will be at the top of the list. Possible destinations include Amsterdam, Cork, Shannon, Warsaw, Krakow, Valencia, Madrid, Almeria, Ibiza, Faro, Dortmund, Basel, London Luton, London Gatwick, Pisa and Venice. Along with some of these destinations will come more based aircraft. Ryanair is looking at more routes from the North East, however, whether NCL
will benefit from these additions is unclear. Possible destinations include Oslo, Hamburg, Shannon, Murcia, Venice, Pisa and Gerona. There still exists gaps in several continental markets, which if not picked up by FR
could be tried by the likes of Wizz Air, Norweigan.no and Skyeurope. Flybe has a strong presence in the French market and regional french destinations may come into play in the future.
The bulk of growth on the domestic front will probably be headed by Flybe. Rumoured additions to the NCL
network include Inverness, Aberdeen, Norwich, Southend and Birmingham. The Exeter route will mature to twice daily and if Eastern pull out of the SOU
route, this will go to 3 daily. Speaking of Eastern, it is as yet unclear as to how they are performing up against BE
on the SOU
route. They have ABZ
to themselves, but this will undoubtedly change in the future. The London City route has come up in discussion several times recently, and there is a market for such a service. Possible operators include Eastern and VLM. EUjet will have to work hard to make the MSE
route work, and a Shannon-Newcastle route would be a worthy addition. BA
will continue to ply the LHR
routes. There are several domestic destinations ripe for service: London City, London Luton, Bournemouth, Norwich and Inverness, as well as increased competition on exisiting routes.
Just throwing a few thoughts around, and many of these flights may never happen, but the market at NCL
is far from saturated, and the list of possibilities is growing by season.