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Everyone headed to Brazil for the World Cup in 2014 and, this year, Brazil will play host again to another world-class sporting event: the Olympic Games. Known for its love of a carnivale, Rio de Janeiro is readying itself for a party of all parties, with athletes and spectators from around the world descending upon its famed beaches, samba clubs, its caipirinha kiosks, and its buzzing streets in the name of sport and pleasure. With the beaches, the atmosphere, the sport; this is one party you don’t want to miss. 


Japan is a fantastic place to visit anytime. All the time. More often than not you can find a cheap flight from Australia to Japan which makes it such an easy international getaway. The sakura blossoming, the crazy Shibuya crossing, or tackling the slopes in Niseko are individually enough to make you want to get to Japan.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a city filled with foodies. It's bustling, blaring metropolis where every single person has one thing on their mind: food. Hong Kong is the home of the dim sum, but also brings together cuisine from all over China, and the world. If you travel based on gastronomy, Hong Kong has to be on your 2016 travel menu.


You need to go to Cuba and you need to go now. Travel restrictions between Cuba and the USA have been relaxed after more than 50 years of both countries ignoring one another– 
as a result tourism is about to go gangbusters.  Cuba is on the cusp of change, this Caribbean island nation has been slowly revealing itself to the world and is about to throw open the doors as relations with the US improve. The embassies have reopened. The tourists won't be far behind. Get there now.

Sri Lanka

Lying between the well-visited countries of India and south east Asia, Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. And if you’ve heard Sri Lanka described as the ‘poor man’s Maldives’ and been discouraged from visiting, boy-oh-boy have you missed out. Sri Lanka’s endless beaches, rainforest-covered mountains, ancient temples, elephants, rolling surf, flavourful food – and did we mention the elephants? – position Sri Lanka as a must-see in 2016.


Morocco is so close to Europe yet the two places could not be more vastly different. The weather, food, colours, smells, and history make Morocco one of the most diverse countries in Africa. The soaring mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coast, and winding alleys of ancient cities and souqs are wondrous.  

Byron Bay

Byron Bay has some of the prettiest beaches and best surf breaks in the world. It is also home to a stunning light house at Australia’s most easterly point, Cape Byron where you may even be lucky enough to spot a whale during the annual migration. During winter the Byron Bay delivers luscious warm days, perfect for strolling through the weekend markets, and the annual Splendour in the Grass music festival in July should be on everyone’s bucket list. 

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Monthly check in:July 2017-Airport_news


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Passenger growth in July 2017 increased by 5.2% compared to the same month last year. This was supported by strong growth on all major routes. The blended load factor for all major carriers was 77.2%.    


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Year-to-date passenger numbers reached 724,111, up 6.8% compared toe the same period in the previous year. Additional seats on all major routes were the main contributors to this figure.

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Becoming international ready-Airport_news

In 2016 Newcastle Airport received notification that its application for a Restart NSW grant had been successful. This $855,000 grant will be used towards the funding of the $1.6 million fit-out for the border agency requirements. Until now, Newcastle Airport had only the dedicated terminal space for international passenger processing, not the necessary infrastructure to be able to have international flights to-and-from the airport.

In April, Newcastle Airport announced Hunter-based builder, Kingston Building had been awarded the $1.6 million project. This project involved the installation of the necessary security technology, IT technology, passenger screening equipment, and furniture for the border agencies. Now complete, ahead of schedule which is a credit to Kingston Building  who's managers saw the project executed  to the highest standard with no lost time to injury, ensuring it came in ahead of schedule and ahead of budget.

And, while we haven't got any announcements on the horizon about direct flights to new destinations just yet, here is a sneak peek below of what you can expect when we do get to use our new facilities. You will see we're international ready for when an airline says YES!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this mean that international flights will start right away?

We wish we could say with certainty yes. But, unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
Completing this project doesn’t guarantee international flights will start from Newcastle Airport in the near future. But, what it does mean is that from an infrastructure perspective, we have done everything we need to do to prepare our terminal in readiness for international fights.
You can read more about what we’re doing behind the scenes to bring more services to Newcastle here  

Will I get to use the new facilities when I fly domestically?

No. Our new facilities will only be used fro international departures and arrivals.

How is this project funded?

This project has been partly funded through the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund and by Newcastle Airport.

Where will you fly to first?

That is a good question and one we are working hard to answer! We are looking at short-haul destinations like Fiji and Bali or New Zealand. It's a long race we're running but we are committed to doing everything we can to bring new services, both domestic and international, to Newcastle Airport to give our region an airport it deserves.

I hate sitting in Sydney traffic, how do I fly out of Newcastle overseas?

We couldn’t agree with you more! That Sydney freeway trip can really take its toll. If you were keen on starting your trip from Newcastle we can hub to more 65 destinations world-wide in just one stop.

Byron Bay is winning at winter-Airport_news

Fancy leaving the chill of winter to holiday on some of the best stretch of coast Northern NSW has to offer?

Catch a plane to Byron this season and you’ll be in paradise in no time. With average winter temperatures around 19 degrees and clear sunny days this cosmopolitan spot is the perfect place to soak up some rays and explore a region that is rich in culture and diversity.

What’s more winter is the perfect time to enjoy a spot of whale watching as Australian east coast humpbacks migrate.

Flying makes quick work of the 800 kilometre trip, leaving you to enjoy your break and the get the most from all that Byron has to offer. This easternmost point of the Australia is famous for its beaches, surf breaks, sunrises, fishing and green hills. But there’s so much more to the area. It’s a foodies dream, from market stalls to high-end restaurants Byron boasts outstanding local produce.

With a host of scenic walks, meditation retreats, regular festivals, shopping and entertainment a trip to Byron will leave you feeling truly inspired.

In fact, the chances are you may never want to leave Byron’s blissed-out buzz, yet there are loads of interesting places within an hour’s drive, not least beautiful Ballina.

This bustling town offers stunning beaches, endless waterside attractions and some of the best local seafood you’re likely to find. With 25 kilometres of cycleways along the beautiful Richmond river, kayak tours, river cruises and heritage walks its captivating scenery can be enjoyed at any pace. Visit Macadamia Castle for some family fun, delve your way through the Ballina markets or saddle-up and take a horse ride along the beach.

With some great packages currently on offer from Pelican Travel, your winter blues may have just turned a warmer hue.

Splendour in the Grass –  July 21 to July 23 
Byron Bay Writer’s Festival – August 4 to August 6
The Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival – August 11 to August 12
Ballina Market – 3rd Sunday of every month
Quota Club of Astonville Craft and Garden Fair – Balllina August 26  to August 27
Sample Food Festival – Bangalow Showgrounds


Ballina is just 5 minutes from Ballina Byron Gateway Airport and Byron is under 30 minutes drive.
FlyPelican has six direct flights a week from Newcastle to Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, with flights from $99. 
Flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Looking for all-inclusive? Byron Bay
 packages are available through Pelican Travel. You could enjoy a winter getaway at the luxurious Byron at Byron, with airport transfers to the resort and return flights Ex-Newcastle from $549 per-person.

Why do people love Byron bay so much? Read on to find out our top five reasons to love Byron

*This article first published in the Newcastle Herald 

Monthly check in: June 2017-Airport_news


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Passenger growth in June 2017 increased by 6.2% compared to the same month last year. This was supported by additional seats on all major routes. The blended load factor for all major carriers was 75%.


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Financial year passenger numbers reached 1.257 million, up 6.6% compared to last financial year. Positive growth from all major airlines and new routes to Coffs Harbour and Dubbo during the year were the main contributors for this record figure.

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