Newcastle International Airport

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Newcastle International Airport
Newcastle International Airport - - 308047.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerNewcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Ltd (51%)
AMP Capital (49%)
OperatorNewcastle International Airport Ltd
ServesTyne and Wear, County Durham, Northumberland and Scottish Borders
Newcastle upon Tyne
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates55°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 (2019)
Passenger change 2018-19Decrease2.6%
Aircraft Movements50,688
Movements change 2018-19Decrease6%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Newcastle International Airport (IATA: NCL, ICAO: EGNT) is an international airport located on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England. Newcastle International is the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the second busiest in Northern England after Manchester Airport, handling just under 5.2 million passengers annually.[2]

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


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. In October 2012 Copenhagen Airport sold its stake in the airport to AMP Capital.[3]

Area served[edit]

The airport mainly serves the City of Newcastle, the greater Tyneside area, Northumberland and Wearside. The airport competes with the smaller Teesside International 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 airports are Leeds Bradford Airport to the south and the larger Edinburgh and Glasgow airports to the north. In terms of passenger numbers, Newcastle is the second largest airport in the North of England, after Manchester Airport.


Early years[edit]

Newcastle Airport in 1972

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, it cost £35,000 to build.[4]

In the 1960s, a new runway was built[when?], along with an apron and a new air traffic control tower. These new additions were opened by the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson on 17 February 1967.[5]

In the 1970s, with passenger figures approaching one million per year, the airport's status was changed to Category B, making it a regional international airport;[citation needed] in the same decade it was re-branded as Newcastle 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 Newcastle City Centre and Sunderland using the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Since the 2000s[edit]

In August 2004, an extended and refurbished Departure Terminal was opened. The refurbishment included a 3,000 square metre extension with new shops, cafes and 1,200 new seats for waiting passengers.[6]

In 2006, a record 5.4 million passengers used the airport, according to Civil Aviation Authority figures.[7]

Rapid expansion in passenger traffic has led to increasing commercial use of the south side of the airport. This was previously used for general aviation, but is now used for freight, mail and corporate flights. This[clarification needed] 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.[8]

In January 2007 it was announced that Emirates were to begin a daily non-stop service to Dubai from the airport. This service started on 7 September 2007 and has operated ever since.[9] Until 2012, the route was flown by an Airbus A330. Since September 2012 it has been flown by a Boeing 777.

In August 2016, United Airlines announced it would discontinue its seasonal route from Newark to Newcastle in 2017, citing economic reasons.[10] Thus Newcastle Airport lost one of its two long-haul services. The other long-haul route is currently flown by Emirates to Dubai.

In July 2017, it was announced that the airport would be investing £3 million on a terminal expansion project which is part of overall £20 million improvement plans running from 2016 to 2017.[11] This £20m improvement plan included a new radar system alongside digital signage in the check-in areas and the installation of new flooring.

The £3m plan includes an extension to the terminal by 4,800 sq ft (450 m2) and will increase the equipment in the security hall, bringing in improved technology to speed up procedures there. This was due to be constructed over the winter of 2017/2018.[12]

In August 2020, easyJet announced the closure of their crew base in Newcastle due to the financial difficulties from COVID-19 which means that the airline only operates domestic flights from the airport after scrapping all of its international routes by 31 August 2020.[13]


Newcastle Airport Freight Village is south of the airport and includes Emirates SkyCargo, FedEx, and North East Air Cargo company offices which deal with freight exports and imports and mail. It also houses freight forwarding agents such as Casper Logistics Ltd, Kintetsu World Express, Kuehne + Nagel, Nippon Express, Schenker International, Davis Turner Air Cargo, and Universal Forwarding.[14]

In April 2016, Emirates reported that flown exports have soared to £310m a year since the arrival of the Emirates service from Newcastle to Dubai.[15] The Dubai route contributes some £600m to the economy and has opened unlimited export avenues to North East firms, some of whom have opened offices in the United Arab Emirates.[15]

The airport is also home to the Newcastle Airport Fire Academy.[16][17] The Newcastle Aviation Academy is also located within this area. When Gill Airways operated, its head office was in the New Aviation House, on the airport property.[18] The south side of the airport also has bases for Great North Air Ambulance[19] and NPAS Newcastle Helicopter.[20] They normally have one respective helicopter based here at a time but are known to rotate their fleet around bases. The area also holds maintenance workshops for the airport and various other depots for airport-run services like Alpha Catering.[21]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services to and from Newcastle upon Tyne:[22]

Aer Lingus Regional Dublin
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas
British Airways London–Heathrow
Corendon Airlines Seasonal: Antalya, Dalaman (both begin 2 April 2022)[23]
easyJet Belfast–International, Bristol
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf[24] Alicante, Antalya, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Kraków, Lanzarote, Málaga, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Berlin (begins 25 November 2021),[25] Bodrum, Budapest (begins 25 November 2021),[25] Burgas, Cologne (resumes 6 December 2021),[25] Copenhagen (begins 26 November 2021),[25] Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Geneva (begins 19 December 2021), [25] Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, İzmir, Jersey (begins 22 May 2021),[26] Kefalonia (begins 23 July 2021), [25] Kos, Larnaca, Malta, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Prague, Reus, Reykjavik-Keflavik, Rhodes, Rome–Fiumicino, Salzburg (begins 20 December 2021),[25] Santorini (begins 26 July 2021),[25] Skiathos (begins 21 May 2021),[25] Thessaloniki, Vienna (begins 26 November 2021),[25] Zakynthos
KLM Amsterdam
Loganair Aberdeen, Exeter, Southampton, Stavanger
Seasonal: Bergen (resumes 2 July 2021), Jersey (begins 28 May 2021),[27] Newquay (begins 21 May 2021)[28]
Lufthansa Frankfurt (begins 28 May 2021)[29]
Ryanair Alicante, Dublin, Málaga, Wrocław
Seasonal: Chania (begins 4 July 2021),[30] Faro, Gdańsk, Palma de Mallorca, Zadar (begins 7 July 2021)[31]
TUI Airways[32] Alicante, Gran Canaria, Hurghada (begins 21 May 2021),[32] Lanzarote, Málaga, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Antalya, Burgas, Cancún, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik (begins 5 May 2022),[32] Enfidha, Geneva, Heraklion, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Melbourne (FL) (begins 6 May 2022),[32] Menorca, Naples, Orlando/Sanford (ends 30 October 2021),[32] Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg (begins 22 May 2021),[32] Skiathos (begins 19 May 2021),[32] Turin, Verona (begins 22 May 2021),[32] Zakynthos


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, but later recovered, with around 5.3 million passengers passing through the airport in 2018 (close to the 2006 total), although cargo volumes have broadly increased to record levels since 2005.

Traffic figures[edit]

Newcastle Airport's control tower
Main hall
Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 at Newcastle Airport

See source Wikidata query and sources. [33]

Number of
[nb 1]
Number of
[nb 2]
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
2015 4,562,853 55,950 3,717 4,633
2016 4,807,906 56,263 4,574 4,894
2017 5,300,274 57,808 5,482 1,128
2018 5,332,238 53,740 5,524 3
2019 5,199,000 50,688 4,745 3
  1. ^ Passenger, freight and mail volumes include both domestic and international, transit, arriving and departing counterparts.
  2. ^ Number of movements represents total aircraft takeoffs and landings during the year.

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes to and from Newcastle International Airport, UK (2019)[34]
Rank Airport Total
1 United Kingdom London Heathrow 461,804 Decrease
2 Spain Alicante 375,876 Increase
3 Netherlands Amsterdam 362,351 Increase
4 Spain Palma de Mallorca 320,387 Decrease
5 United Kingdom Belfast International 269,402 Decrease
6 Spain Málaga 263,447 Decrease
7 United Arab Emirates Dubai International 227,629 Decrease
8 Spain Tenerife South 226,116 Decrease
9 Republic of Ireland Dublin 221,458 Decrease
10 United Kingdom Bristol 191,235 Increase
11 Portugal Faro 183,536 Increase
12 France Paris Charles de Gaulle 165,599 Increase
13 Spain Lanzarote 143,750 Decrease
14 Turkey Dalaman 121,233 Increase
15 United Kingdom Southampton 112,956 Decrease
16 Spain Ibiza 86,872 Increase
17 Turkey Antalya 78,426 Increase
18 Spain Barcelona 73,992 Increase
19 Greece Corfu 58,908 Increase
20 Switzerland Geneva 56,352 Decrease

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.[35]

Ground transport[edit]


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 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.


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External links[edit]

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