BUDGET airline easyJet will axe its Newcastle to Paris service next month, replacing it with a flight to Amsterdam in a bid to boost business and leisure travel.
The low-cost carrier, which announced a rise in annual profits yesterday, is launching a series of new routes from Newcastle including a service to Jersey from March.
It will also start a service to Schiphol Airport for its winter 2012 schedule on December 13.
The route will add to airline KLM’s five flights a day between the two cities and a strong ferry link already provided by DFDS Seaways at the Port of Tyne.
Dutch airline KLM increased its number of daily flights from Newcastle to Amsterdam from four to five in March last year.
Air France also operates a Paris Charles de Gaulle service from Newcastle which runs up to three times daily.
EasyJet’s UK director, Paul Simmons, said: “We’re constantly looking at freshening up our offering year on year, and the only route we’re taking away from Newcastle this year is Paris.
“The route simply wasn’t getting the use we expected from the North East market, so we had to take a long, hard look at it. Our customers were calling for a low-cost flight to Amsterdam and that is what we are providing.
“EasyJet delivers the best-value fares to the places our customers tell us they most want to visit, and we’ll continue to make travel easy and affordable for all.”