A passenger died on an easyJet flight from Spain to Newcastle on New Year’s Day, said the airline.

A statement from the carrier said medical assistance was provided on board flight EZY6418 from Alicante on January 1, after the passenger was taken ill.

Crew had also requested paramedics to attend upon landing to provide further medical assistance, but the passenger died before landing.

No information about the identity of the passenger has yet been released.

EasyJet said in the statement: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the passenger and we are offering support and assistance at this difficult time.

“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.”