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7-Dec-2011 11:38 AM announced (06-Dec-2011) plans to expand its Newcastle base with its Newcastle-based fleet to be expanded to six and its network from Newcastle to 27 with four new destinations from May-2012. The airline’s renewed focus will add the potential for an extra 80,000 passengers p/a with total seat capacity increased to over 600,000 per year. The carrier currently serves 23 destinations from Newcastle and will add Reus (twice weekly from 01-Jun-2012), Bodrum (weekly from 04-Jun-2012), Rome (twice weekly from 31-May-2012) and Venice (three times weekly from 31-May-2012) to its network from 31-May-2012 - see Route Changes Table for more information. There will also be extra frequencies on services to destinations including Faro, Menorca, Malaga, Cork, Prague and Krakow. The carrier said over 100 new jobs will be recruited over the coming months to service the expansion plans and additional capacity, covering ground staff, cabin crew, flight crew and engineering roles. The expansion comes on the back of a record summer for at Newcastle Airport. The carrier handled half a million passengers at the airport, marking a 56% year-on-year increase. The carrier has handled over 2.1 million passengers from Newcastle since its launch at the airport six years ago. [more - original PR]