Newcastle Airport

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Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport Arrivals.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Newcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Ltd (51%), AMP Capital (49%).
Operator Newcastle International Airport Ltd
Serves Tyne and Wear
County Durham
North Yorkshire
Location Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 55°02′17″N 001°41′23″W / 55.03806°N 1.68972°W / 55.03806; -1.68972Coordinates: 55°02′17″N 001°41′23″W / 55.03806°N 1.68972°W / 55.03806; -1.68972
EGNT is located in Tyne and Wear
Location in Tyne and Wear
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,329 7,641 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 4,516,739
Passenger change 13-14 Increase2.2%
Aircraft Movements 59,114
Movements change 13-14 Decrease1.4%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Newcastle International Airport (IATA: NCLICAO: EGNT) is an international airport located near the Woolsington area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)[1] north-west of the city centre. In 2013 it was the 10th busiest airport in the United Kingdom.[2]

The airport is owned by seven local authorities (51%) and AMP Capital (49%). The seven local authorities are: City of Newcastle, City of Sunderland, Durham County Council, Gateshead MBC, North Tyneside MBC, Northumberland County Council and South Tyneside MBC. On 27 October 2012 Copenhagen Airport sold the stake in the airport to AMP Capital, which is an Australian-based Investment Management Company.[citation needed]

Newcastle Airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (Number P725) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction.


The Airport was opened on 26 July 1935 as Woolsington Aerodrome 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

The 1960s saw tremendous growth in passenger numbers at the Airport.[citation needed] 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.

Newcastle Airport in 1972

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, in the same decade it was re-branded as Newcastle Airport. The 80's saw further investment in check-in, catering and duty-free shops. In 1991, Airport Metro station opened, connecting the airport with Newcastle city centre 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.[citation needed]

Newcastle Airport's control tower

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.[3]

In 2006 a record 5.4 million passengers used the Airport, according to Civil Aviation Authority figures.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] The Newcastle Aviation Academy is also located within this area.

Area served[edit]

The airport mainly serves the City of Newcastle, the greater Tyneside area, Northumberland 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 second largest airport in the North of England, after Manchester Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Cork, Dublin
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas, Varna
BMI Regional Brussels
British Airways London-Heathrow
operated by Van Air Europe
Isle of Man
Eastern Airways Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Stavanger
easyJet Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast-International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva, Málaga, Malta
Seasonal: Corfu,[4] Jersey, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes,[4] Split, Tenerife-South
Eurowings Düsseldorf (begins 25 October 2015)[5]
Emirates Dubai-International
Flybe Belfast-City, Exeter, London-Stansted (ends 24 October 2015),[6] Southampton
Seasonal: Newquay,
operated by BMI Regional for Loganair
London-Stansted (begins 26 October 2015)[6]
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf (ends 24 October 2015)[5] Alicante, Gran Canaria, Kraków, Lanzarote, Málaga, Prague, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Berlin-Schönefeld (begins 4 December 2015), Bodrum, Chambéry, Copenhagen (begins 11 December 2015), Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Enfidha, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Girona (begins 20 May 2015), Heraklion, Ibiza, Larnaca, Malta, Mahón, Murcia, Newark, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Pisa, Reus, Rhodes, Rome-Fiumicino, Vienna (begins 27 November 2015), Zakynthos
KLM Amsterdam
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Dalaman
Ryanair Alicante (begins 27 October 2015), Dublin
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen[7]
Thomas Cook Airlines Enfidha, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Alicante, Antalya, Bodrum, Bourgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Malta, Mahón, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Skiathos, Zakynthos, Santorini
Thomson Airways Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Málaga, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Bourgas, Cancún, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Enfidha, Faro, Funchal, Geneva Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Montego Bay, Mahón, Naples, Orlando-Sanford, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Turin, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways
operated by Albastar
Seasonal Charter: Verona
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark[8]
Vueling Barcelona (begins 13 May 2016)[9]
Widerøe Stavanger


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Glasgow-International, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Royal Mail
operated by West Atlantic
Royal Mail
operated by
East Midlands

Other facilities[edit]

Newcastle Airport arrivals and check-in area

When Gill Airways existed, its head office was in the New Aviation House, on the airport property.[10]

Also, the Newcastle Airport Freight Village which is located beside the Airport, bases Emirates SkyCargo, FedEx, Servisair Cargo and NorthEast Air Cargo company offices to deal with freight such as mail and cargo to export and import goods to and from Newcastle and across the world. It also houses Freight Forwarding Agents such as; Camair, DHL, Kintetsu World Express, Kuehne & Nagel, Nippon Express, Schenker International, Davis Turner Air Cargo and Universal Forwarding. The Airport is also home to the Newcastle Airport Fire Academy.[11][12]

Ground transport[edit]


Airport Metro Station

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 all the main Newcastle and Sunderland City Centre Metro Stations (approx 20 and 50 minutes respectively).

Road transport[edit]

The Airport is connected to the A1 trunk road by the A696 dual carriageway. A half-hourly bus service links the Airport to the nearby villages of Ponteland and Darras Hall, as well as to the City Centre.

Traffic statistics[edit]

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 numbers declined in the subsequent four years due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010, with around 4.4 million passengers passing through the airport in 2013 (below the 2004 total), although cargo volumes have broadly increased to record levels since 2005.[2]

Newcastle Airport Passenger Totals 1997-2014 (millions)
Updated: 25 April 2015.[2]
Number of passengers[2]
Number of movements[13]
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 77,882 199 7,820
2006 5,431,976 81,655 306 7,884
2007 5,650,716 79,200 785 8,483
2008 5,039,993 72,904 1,938 10,901
2009 4,587,883 69,254 2,597 9,758
2010 4,356,130 66,677 3,650 9,062
2011 4,346,270 64,521 3,059 8,532
2012 4,366,196 61,006 2,956 7,929
2013 4,420,839 59,962 3,701 6,512
2014 4,516,739 59,114 4,450 4,738
Thomson Airways Boeing 737 at Newcastle Airport in 2014
British Airways Airbus A321 bound for London Heathrow
Air France operated by Brit Air at NCL
RAF Tornado at Newcastle Airport
Busiest domestic routes to and from Newcastle Airport (2014)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2013 / 14
1 London Heathrow 478,806 Steady0
2 Belfast International 196,738 Increase2
3 Bristol 174,461 Steady0
4 London Gatwick 105,336 Increase29
5 Southampton 99,501 Increase9
6 Aberdeen 30,168 Decrease2
7 Belfast City 28,882 Decrease31
8 Jersey 14,720 Decrease18
9 Exeter 12,844 Decrease57
10 Cardiff 11,778 Decrease6
11 Birmingham 8,305 Increase4
12 Isle of Man 4,573 Decrease5
13 Newquay 2,406 Steady0
Busiest international routes to and from Newcastle Airport (2014)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2013 / 14
1 Amsterdam 366,540 Increase3
2 Palma de Mallorca 246,429 Increase3
3 Alicante 232,872 Decrease8
4 Dubai 215,737 Increase8
5 Tenerife South 183,842 Increase8
6 Dublin 180,340 Increase29
7 Malaga 179,195 Decrease2
8 Paris Charles de Gaulle 150,709 Increase7
9 Dalaman 134,236 Decrease2
10 Faro 120,939 Decrease1
11 Lanzarote 89,912 Increase8
12 Ibiza 75,932 Decrease1
13 Barcelona 66,389 Increase1
14 Sharm el-Sheikh 57,433 Decrease3
15 Las Palmas 48,588 Decrease5
16 Paphos 47,541 Decrease8
17 Enfidha 45,144 Decrease1
18 Murcia 40,956 Decrease10
19 Corfu 40,927 Decrease2
20 Mahon 40,582 Decrease4

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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 Airport. The accident report concluded that the aircraft gradually lost airspeed during an icing encounter, before stalling and the pilot losing control.[14]
  • 11 February 2004 - A Robinson R22 Beta lost height while in a hover taxi and impacted the ground causing major damage to the aircraft and minor injuries to the pilot and passenger.[15]
  • 5 August 2008 - A Royal Air Force Tornado GR4A overran the runway making an emergency landing after suffering a bird strike. The crew were uninjured although the aircraft suffered damage.[16]
  • 25 May 2009 - A Rockwell Commander 112 registered G-FLPI veered off the runway while landing. The nosewheel collapsed, the propeller and fuselage suffered damage, but the pilot was uninjured.[17]


  1. ^ a b "NATS - AIS - Home". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i CAA: UK Annual Airport Statistics
  3. ^ *"Newcastle International Airport extension opened" (Press release). Copenhagen Airports. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  4. ^ a b "New routes for summer 2015". Easyjet. 
  5. ^ a b "germanwings Moves 55 Routes to Eurowings from late-Oct 2015". Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Flybe Timetable". Flybe. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Michael Brown (2012-11-01). "Newcastle to Copenhagen flights are launched". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  8. ^ "SNEAK PEEK: A look inside the United Airlines Boeing 757 that will fly from Newcastle to New York". Evening Chronicle UK. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Vueling adds new UK - Barcelona flights for S16". Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Contact Us." Gill Airways. 23 April 2000. Retrieved on 22 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Cargo & Freight". Newcastle Airport. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  12. ^ "Fire Training Courses". Newcastle Airport. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  13. ^ Number of movements represents total aircraft takeoffs and landings during the year.
  14. ^ Report on the accident to Piper PA60-602P, N64719 on 30 November 2000, UK AAIB
  15. ^ "Robinson R22 Beta, G-BSXN, 11 February 2004". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Tornado GR4A, ZA 371, 5 August 2008". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Rockwell Commander 112, G-FLPI, 25 May 2009". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Newcastle Airport at Wikimedia Commons