Page last updated at 14:15 GMT, Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:15 UK

Newcastle and Durham airports to hit full service

Stranded family spent thousands

Flights from airports in the north-east of England have almost returned to normal, following a week of chaos caused by the Icelandic ash cloud.

Officials at Newcastle Airport said it was running at 95%, with all services expected to be reinstated by Friday.

Durham Tees Valley Airport said schedules had recovered completely, with only one cancellation reported on Thursday.

The bulk of UK airspace was reopened late on Tuesday.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis made the decision following consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority and a reassessment of the risk to aircraft.

For a time, Newcastle was England's only operating airport and received more than 1,000 passengers on Tuesday evening.

Newcastle Airport spokesman, Graeme Mason, said: "Lost income, in terms of landing fees and passenger expenditure, has been running at around £100,000 per day."

'Out of pocket'

Durham Tees Valley said it was unable to provide an estimate of their losses, but parent company the Peel Group, which also runs Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Robin Hood Airport near Sheffield, said it had lost roughly £150,000 per day.

The situation has also left passengers who have been stranded abroad out of pocket.

Gemma Bolton, from Newcastle, and her family paid £3,800 to stay in their hotel while they waited for a flight from Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

They arrived at Manchester Airport on Wednesday.



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