20th April 2010
We have taken to the skies today (20th April), with a rescue flight bound for Sharm el Sheikh.
The 757 took off from Newcastle Airport today at 11am this morning to pick up 229 passengers from the Egyptian tourist resort in a bid to return them to the UK as soon as possible.
The flight is expected to land at Sharm el Sheikh International Airport this evening. Dependent on the situation regarding UK airspace and advice from the Air Traffic Control authority, Nats, it will then either transfer people back to the UK or to mainland Europe, to continue their journey by coach.
Ian Doubtfire, Jet2.com Managing Director, said: "It is our absolute priority to get our passengers back to the UK as soon as we possibly can and we are currently in the process of a wide scale repatriation programme to bring our passengers home.
"With today's clearance on airspace over Newcastle, we took the first opportunity we had to get our aircraft off the ground to help with this repatriation
It is fantastic at last to see one of our aircraft take to the skies over Newcastle and we hope that this is the first of many over the coming days.
In the meantime, our team is working round the clock to get people home. We have deployed over 90 coaches and are currently transferring people by land from Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Canary Islands, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Italy.