Newcastle International Airport recently unveiled a direct route with German airline Lufthansa from the North East to Munich International Airport from February 2020, further strengthening its global reach. The new service will provide onward connections from Munich to further destinations in Europe, as well as the Americas and Asia. Nick Hogarth, hotel manager at Motel One Newcastle, discusses why this is an opportunity for the Munich- headquartered business

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Tell us about Motel One..

Motel One is a luxury budget hotel chain founded in 2000, headquartered in Munich, and now has 70+ hotels across Europe. We now proudly operate seven hotels in the UK, with more city- centre locations on the horizon.

Motel One Newcastle is located in the city-centre, ideal for overnight travel when visiting the city for business and leisure, offering unique interiors and individually designed rooms with free WIFI, and a welcoming service.

How frequently does the Motel One team use Newcastle International Airport for travel?

As hotel manager, I travel back and forth to Munich regularly, up to 10 visits a year. In addition, all team members working in Motel One Newcastle visit our headquarters in Munich at least twice a year.

In addition to training, our team will often travel to other European hotel destinations, for conferencing and events, using Newcastle International Airport as a hub for global travel.

With over 20 members of staff, we certainly use the airport frequently!

What is the impact of the airport’s close proximity to the city- centre?

It is a short 25-minute drive from Newcastle International Airport to Newcastle city-centre, plus fantastic transport links via the Tyne and Wear Metro, making travel to and from the airport very convenient!

The airport benefits passengers with a great selection of flight times, and previously flying to Munich I would have needed to connect through Paris, London, Amsterdam or Dusseldorf, so the direct flight will hugely improve travel efficiency.

Do you frequently have international travellers staying at the hotel?

Yes, with huge credit to the fantastic universities and opportunities for learning we have in the North East, we frequently welcome students, and also their friends and families from across the world. In addition, we have travellers checking in daily who are visiting the city for business and leisure.

We were thrilled to see the Visit North East England campaign unveiled by Newcastle International Airport recently, encouraging inbound tourism in the region. We hear the many ways travellers are uncovering, exploring and experiencing our brilliant region every day!

Will the direct flight with Lufthansa create more opportunities for Motel One?

Yes, absolutely. Munich is a city where Motel One is very well- known, so this new route will increase visibility of our region and opens the door to leisure travellers looking for a European city break, and business travellers who may not have visited the North East previously due to accessibility.

The new route provides further opportunity for increasing passengers travelling into Newcastle International Airport, and this can only be a positive for the region.