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Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport Logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner Newcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Ltd, Copenhagen Airports A/S
Operator Newcastle International Airport Ltd
Serves Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
Location Woolsington, Tyne and Wear
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 55°02′15″N 001°41′30″W / 55.0375°N 1.69167°W / 55.0375; -1.69167 (Newcastle Airport)Coordinates: 55°02′15″N 001°41′30″W / 55.0375°N 1.69167°W / 55.0375; -1.69167 (Newcastle Airport)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,329 7,641 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Movements 69,254
Passenger 4,587,883
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]
Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle Airport (IATA: NCLICAO: EGNT) is located at Woolsington in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 5 NM (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)[1] north-west of the city centre. In 2009 it was the 12th busiest airport in the United Kingdom.[2]

Though in Newcastle, the airport itself is actually owned by seven local authorities (51%) and Copenhagen Airport (49%). The seven local authorities are: Durham County Council, Gateshead MBC, City of Newcastle, North Tyneside MBC, Northumberland County Council, South Tyneside MBC and City of Sunderland.

Newcastle Airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P725) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction. It was also voted the north's favourite airport in a survey by Wanderlust.[3]



The Airport was opened on 26 July 1935 by the Secretary of State for Air, Sir Phillip Cunliffe-Lister. Incorporating a clubhouse, hangar, workshops, fuel garage and grass runway, at the time it cost £35,000 to build.

Although during World War II the main airport in the region was located at Cramlington in Northumberland, following the war a decision was taken to concentrate development on the present airport site. Accordingly, in the early 1950s, ex-RAF fighter pilot Jim Denyer was appointed as Airport Manager and within a few years over 5,000 people were using the Airport each year to travel to destinations such as Jersey and the Isle of Wight.

The 1960s saw tremendous growth in passenger numbers at the Airport. This was mainly due to British people taking foreign holidays to places such as Spain instead of holidaying within the UK. A new runway was built, along with an apron and a new air traffic control tower. These new additions were opened by the then-Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. In the 1970s, with passenger figures approaching one million per year, the Airport status was changed to Category B, making it a regional international airport. The 1980s saw further investment in check-in, catering and duty-free shops. In 1991, Airport Metro station opened, connecting the airport with Newcastle and later in 2002 Sunderland city centres using the Tyne and Wear Metro system. A new £27 million extension was opened in 2000 by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and the first low-cost airline arrived at the airport, with Go inaugurating a service to London Stansted following the collapse of locally based Gill Airways. 2001 saw the acquisition of a 49% stake in the Airport by Copenhagen Airports.

Airport logo used until 2000

In August 2004 an extended and refurbished Departure Terminal was opened. The refurbishment comprised a 3,000 square metre extension which included new shops, cafes and 1,200 new waiting seats.

Newcastle was the first regional airport in the UK to install common-use self-service kiosks in the terminal, allowing passengers to check-in themselves without the need to queue at a conventional desk[citation needed]. In 2006 a record 5.4 million passengers used the Airport, according to Civil Aviation Authority figures. Passenger figures were expected to approach seven million by 2009[citation needed], although due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and subsequent recession, the actual figure fell short of that number by around 2.5 million.

Rapid expansion in passenger traffic has led to increasing commercial utilisation of the south-side of the airport, which was previously used for general aviation, and is now used for freight, mail and corporate flights. This is partially due to difficulties obtaining departure and arrival slots for light aircraft traffic, which need to be separated from larger aircraft to protect against wake turbulence. As part of the Airport Master Plan, the south-side area is to be expanded with maintenance facilities including new hangar and apron areas. The Newcastle Aviation Academy is also located within this area.


Recent events

The local corporations who own and operate Newcastle Airport are currently in an ongoing legal case (of which the outcomes are confidential), trying to regain a £6 million bonus paid to former Chief Executive, John Parkin, after he was paid the bonus and subsequently left to take a job on the board of directors at Leeds Bradford International Airport.[4]

Future plans

The Airport recently published a Master Plan that sets out development proposals for the airport until 2016. In the near term, these include building a multi-storey car park to replace the current short-stay parking, a new 187-bedroom on-site hotel (currently under construction) and the expansion of the freight facilities on the south side of the airport. Feasibility studies are being carried out to evaluate the longer-term proposals that include:

  • extending the runway at its eastmost end;
  • converting the junction with the A696 into a grade-separated junction to cater for the expected increase in traffic levels; and
  • the building of a heavy rail link to connect the airport with the National Rail network.

In October 2007 a new Air Traffic Control Tower was completed at a cost of £8.2 million, situated on the north side of the airfield.[5] The now christened ' Emirates Tower ' was designed by REID architects, and bears resemblance to the control tower they designed for Edinburgh Airport. In the process the Newcastle VHF omnidirectional range beacon was permanently withdrawn from service, since the new tower would have interfered with its operation.

Plans were recently announced for a new office development south of the main airport runway. The 3 story scheme should create around 170 new jobs. The airport hopes to expand annual passenger capacity to 10 million (double current capacity) by 2016 and to 15 million by 2030[citation needed].

It is expected that £70million will be invested in the airport during the current Master Plan period, which runs from 2006 to 2016. The airport also recently finished extending its remote parking for aircraft, resulting in an extra 5 parking stands that can accommodate 5 medium-sized aircraft (Boeing 737 or Airbus A320 size), or 4 large aircraft plus 2 smaller aircraft (such as the BAe Jetstream 41).

Area served

The airport mainly serves Northumberland, Tyneside and Wearside. The airport competes with the smaller Durham Tees Valley Airport for passengers travelling from and to County Durham and Teesside. Passengers from Cumbria, North Yorkshire and southern Scotland also use the airport, the nearest similar sized airport being Leeds Bradford Airport to the south and the larger Edinburgh and Glasgow International airports to the north. In terms of passenger numbers, Newcastle is the third largest airport in the North of England, Manchester Airport being the largest and Liverpool Airport following.

Airlines and destinations

BA Domestic Airbus A321 bound for London Heathrow
Air France operated by Brit Air at NCL

The following airlines and destinations are available from Newcastle Airport as of April 2009.[6]


Airlines Destinations
Air France operated by Brit Air Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Southwest Newquay, Plymouth
Air Transat Toronto-Pearson [seasonal]
British Airways London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines operated by BMI Regional Brussels
Cimber Sterling Copenhagen
Eastern Airways Aberdeen, Bergen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton, Stavanger, Wick
EasyJet Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast-International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva [seasonal], Ibiza [seasonal], London-Stansted, Málaga, Malta, Minorca [seasonal], Murcia, Nice [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Ciampino [seasonal]
Emirates Dubai
Flybe Belfast-City, Cardiff, Exeter, Guernsey [begins 10 July], Hanover [begins 31 March], Jersey, Limoges [seasonal], London-Gatwick, Rennes [seasonal], Southampton Arrecife, Chambéry [seasonal], Corfu [seasonal], Cork, Dalaman [begins 7 May], Heraklion [begins 25 May], Ibiza [seasonal], Las Palmas de Gran Canaria [begins 1 May], Málaga [seasonal], Minorca [seasonal], Monastir [begins 27 June; seasonal], Murcia, Palma de Mallorca [seasonal], Paphos [begins 5 May], Pisa [seasonal], Rhodes [seasonal], Sharm el-Shiekh [seasonal], Split [seasonal], Tenerife-South
KLM Amsterdam
Lufthansa Regional operated by Eurowings Düsseldorf
Manx2 Isle of Man
Ryanair Dublin, Girona [begins 28 March], Oslo-Rygge [begins 19 May]
Widerøe Stavanger


Seasonal and year-round charter flights are operated by the following airlines:[6]

Airlines Destinations
Air Malta Malta
BH Air Burgas, Varna
Bulgaria Air Burgas
Eurocypria Airlines Heraklion, Larnaca, Paphos
Freebird Airlines Dalaman
Onur Air Bodrum, Dalaman
Saga Airlines Dalaman
SATA International Funchal
SunExpress Bodrum
Thomas Cook Airlines Alicante, Antalya, Arrecife, Bodrum, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Izmir [begins 1 May], Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Mahón, Málaga, Monastir, Orlando-Sanford, Palma, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Santorini, Sharm el-Sheikh, Skiathos, Tenerife-South, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways Alicante, Antalya [seasonal], Bodrum [seasonal], Cancún [seasonal], Corfu [seasonal], Dalaman [seasonal], Faro [seasonal], Fuerteventura [begins 5 May, seasonal], Funchal [begins 3 May, seasonal], Girona [seasonal], Heraklion [seasonal], Ibiza [seasonal], Kefalonia [begins 2 May, seasonal], Kos [begins 5 May, seasonal], Lanzarote, Larnaca [seasonal], Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga, Malta [begins 4 May, seasonal], Minorca, Monastir, Naples [seasonal], Orlando-Sanford [seasonal], Palma de Mallorca, Paphos [seasonal], Punta Cana [seasonal], Reus [seasonal], Rhodes [seasonal], Sharm el-Sheikh, Skiathos [begins 21 May, seasonal], Tenerife-South, Thessaloniki [seasonal], Zakynthos [seasonal]
Turkuaz Airlines Dalaman
Viking Airlines Corfu, Heraklion, Oporto, Rhodes, Verona

Cargo and mail

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express operated by Swiftair Glasgow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Royal Mail operated by East Midlands, London-Stansted
Royal Mail operated by MiniLiner Bristol

Surface access

Light rail

Airport station on the Tyne and Wear Metro is directly connected to the terminal through an indoor walkway. The station is the northern terminus of the green line with frequent, direct services to Newcastle upon Tyne (22 mins) and Sunderland (55 mins) city centres.

Road transport

The Airport is connected to the A1 trunk road by the A696 dual carriageway. A regular bus service (101) also runs from the airport to Newcastle (Kingston Park) and South East Northumberland. A half-hourly service (X77 / X78 / X79) links the Airport to the nearby villages of Ponteland and Darras Hall, as well as Newcastle City Centre. Services X77/X78/X79 are Monday to Saturday daytime services only, with the last journeys being made at around 18:00 hours. Service 74A operates a limited service to the City Centre at other times.

Ancillary services

The main handling agents at the Airport are Swissport UK (previously Groundstar) and Servisair.

There are two hotels on the Airport site, the Britannia Airport Hotel and a Premier Inn, with another Premier Inn located at Callerton, near the general aviation terminal. The construction of a new 187-bedroom, 4-star hotel began in June 2007 and is due to open winter 2009 [7]

Traffic statistics

The airport saw significant growth in the ten years to 2007, when passenger numbers peaked at 5.65 million, more than double the number handled ten years earlier. Passenger growth stalled in the subsequent two years due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010, with 4.59 million passengers passing through the airport in 2009 (below the 2004 total), although cargo volumes have consistently increased to record levels.[2]

Number of passengers[2]
Number of movements[8]
1997 2,642,591 81,279 1,219 3,489
1998 2,984,724 81,299 678 3,631
1999 2,994,051 79,291 776 3,409
2000 3,208,734 82,940 526 3,720
2001 3,431,393 82,524 783 2,859
2002 3,426,952 79,173 1,438 2,368
2003 3,920,204 75,113 924 2,576
2004 4,724,263 77,721 799 7,756
2005 5,200,806 55,494 199 7,820
2006 5,431,976 58,940 306 7,884
2007 5,650,716 58,395 785 8,483
2008 5,039,993 54,706 1,938 10,901
2009 4,587,883 69,254 2,597 9,758
Source: United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority[9]
Ten busiest domestic routes from Newcastle Airport (2008)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
1 London Heathrow Airport 462,615 6
2 Belfast International Airport 205,180 9
3 Bristol International Airport 202,178 18
4 London Stansted Airport 200,126 33
5 Southampton Airport 117,305 2
6 London Gatwick Airport 101,400 8
7 Exeter International Airport 48,216 14
8 Belfast City Airport 40,449 9
9 Cardiff Airport 31,516 96
10 Birmingham International Airport 22,551 7
Busiest international routes from Newcastle Airport (2008)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
1 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 289,550 13
2 Palma Airport 271,015 9
3 Alicante Airport 225,706 11
4 Málaga Airport 200,764 21
5 Dublin Airport 199,985 12
6 Paris CDG Airport 196,214 16
7 Tenerife South Airport 160,856 14
8 Dubai Airport 140,954 219
9 Faro Airport 111,471 20
10 Barcelona Airport 90,243 5
11 Dalaman Airport 85,958 10
12 Murcia Airport 80,620 8
13 Prague Airport 79,394 12
14 Paphos Airport 77,693 8
15 Ibiza Airport 68,707 3
16 Girona Airport 67,710 17
17 Arrecife Airport 60,671 2
18 Las Palmas Airport 59,462 18
19 Krakow Airport 56,186 17
20 Corfu Airport 50,652 17

Accidents and incidents

  • 30 November 2000 - a Piper Aerostar registered N64719 en route to Iceland crashed close to Fearnoch, on the north side of Loch Tay, in Perthshire, killing the single crewmember. The aircraft had departed from Newcastle. The accident report concluded that the aircraft gradually lost airspeed during an icing encounter, before stalling and the pilot losing control.[10]
  • 25 May 2009 - a Rockwell 112 Commander registered G-FLPI veered off the runway while landing. The nosewheel collapsed, the propeller and fuselage suffered damage, but the pilot was uninjured.[11]


  1. ^ a b Newcastle - EGNT
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h UK Airport Statistics: 2009 - annual
  3. ^ Wanderlust
  4. ^
  5. ^ Newcastle International Airport (23 May 2006). "Work on new £8.2m Air Traffic Control Tower takes-off.". Press release. Retrieved 2007-02-12. "Work has started today on Newcastle International Airport's multi-million pound construction to build a new state-of-the-art air traffic control tower." 
  6. ^ a b [ Newcastle Airport. After a survey conducted in early 2009 about what new routes passengers would like to see come to Newcastle Airport. The results where; A New Transatlantic Route - to New York and New Caribbean Routes - to Aruba, Barbados, Cuba and Jamaica. According to the survey, more passengers would like to see more long haul routes start in the future. Scheduled & Charter timetables]>
  7. ^ Newcastle Airport Hotel
  8. ^ Number of movements represents total aircraft takeoffs and landings during the year.
  9. ^ UK Airport Statistics
  10. ^ Report on the accident to Piper PA60-602P, N64719 on 30 November 2000, UK AAIB
  11. ^ Report on the accident to Rockwell Commander 112, G-FLPI on 25 May 2009, UK AAIB

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