Newcastle Airport

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Newcastle International Airport
Newcastle International Airport - - 971041.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 4,562,853
Passenger change 14-15 Increase1.0%
Aircraft Movements 55,
Movements change 14-15 Decrease5.4%
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 main area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi)[1] north-west of the city centre. In 2015 it was the 10th busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the second busiest in Northern England after Manchester Airport, handling over 4.5 million passengers.[2] 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 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]

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.


Newcastle Airport in 1972

Early years[edit]

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.

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.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

2001 saw the acquisition of a 49% stake in the Airport by Copenhagen Airports.[citation needed]

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]

In August 2016, United Airlines announced to terminate their seasonal route from Newark to Newcastle by 6 September 2016 stating economic reasons.[4] Therefore, Newcastle Airport lost one of its two only long-haul services.

Other airport facilities[edit]

Main hall

When Gill Airways existed, its head office was in the New Aviation House, on the airport property.[5]

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.[6][7]

The Newcastle Aviation Academy is also located within this area.

It was reported in the Evening Chronicle that the airport was looking for a sponsor to build a new observation deck at the airport's old control tower. No information has been given in terms of a start date, but as highlighted above, they are in the process of finding a sponsor for the work.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Cork, Dublin
Air Europa Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas
BMI Regional Brussels, Stavanger
British Airways London-Heathrow
Bulgaria Air Seasonal: Sofia
operated by Van Air Europe
Isle of Man
Eastern Airways Aberdeen, Cardiff
easyJet Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin-Schönefeld (resumes 1 November 2016), Belfast-International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva, Málaga, Malta
Seasonal: Corfu, Jersey, Nice, Gran Canaria (begins 1 November 2016),[8] Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes (ends 27 October 2016), Tenerife-South
Emirates Dubai-International
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Evelop Airlines Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Flybe Exeter, Southampton
Seasonal: Newquay Alicante, Gran Canaria, Kraków, Lanzarote, Málaga, Funchal, Prague, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Almeria (begins 2 May 2017), Antalya, Bodrum (ends 24 October 2016), Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Enfidha, Faro, Fuerteventura, Girona, Grenoble (begins 23 December 2016),[9] Heraklion, Ibiza, Larnaca, Malta, Mahón, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Pisa, Reus, Rhodes, Rome-Fiumicino, Zakynthos
KLM Amsterdam
Pegasus Airlines Seasonal: Dalaman
Ryanair Alicante, Dublin, Gdańsk (begins 31 October 2016), Lanzarote (begins 2 November 2016), Málaga, Tenerife-South (begins 1 November 2016),[10] Warsaw-Modlin (begins 1 November 2016), Wroclaw (begins 30 October 2016)[11]
Seasonal: Faro (begins 26 March 2017), Girona (resumes 28 March 2017), Madrid (begins 27 March 2017), Palma de Mallorca (begins 26 March 2017)[12]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Thomas Cook Airlines Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Sharm el-Sheikh (resumes 7 November 2016), Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Almeria (begins 29 May 2017), Antalya, Bourgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Kos, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos (resumes 2 May 2017), Reus, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Zakynthos
Thomas Cook Airlines
operated by Avion Express
Seasonal: Bodrum, Dalaman, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Mahón, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Málaga, Sharm el-Sheikh (suspended), Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Barbados, Bodrum, Bourgas, Cancún, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Dubai-Al Maktoum (begins 26 December 2016), Enfidha, Faro, Funchal (ends 31 October 2016), Geneva Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Montego Bay, Mahón, Naples, Orlando/Sanford, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Turin, Zakynthos
Vueling Barcelona


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


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 4.5 million passengers passing through the airport in 2015 (below the 2004 total), although cargo volumes have broadly increased to record levels since 2005.[2]

Traffic figures[edit]

Thomson Airways Boeing 737 at Newcastle Airport in 2014
British Airways Airbus A321 bound for London Heathrow
Newcastle Airport's control tower
RAF Tornado at Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport Passenger Totals 1997-2015 (millions)
Updated: 10 April 2016.[2]
Number of passengers[nb 1]
Number of movements[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

Busiest routes[edit]

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 (2015)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2014 / 15
1 Amsterdam 380,012 Increase4
2 Alicante 234,633 Increase1
3 Dubai 233,489 Increase8
4 Palma de Mallorca 227,063 Decrease8
5 Dublin 198,492 Increase10
6 Tenerife South 174,716 Decrease5
7 Málaga 169,855 Decrease5
8 Paris Charles de Gaulle 153,870 Increase2
9 Dalaman 126,517 Decrease6
10 Faro 110,283 Decrease9
11 Lanzarote 95,399 Increase6
12 Ibiza 75,704 Decrease1
13 Barcelona 66,279 Decrease1
14 Sharm el-Sheikh 49,521 Decrease14
15 Corfu 47,123 Increase15
16 Paphos 46,336 Decrease3
17 Mahon 39,537 Decrease3
18 Las Palmas 37,801 Decrease22
19 Murcia 28,799 Decrease30
20 Enfidha 21,192 Decrease53

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.

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.[13]
  • 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.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]


  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.


External links[edit]

Media related to Newcastle Airport at Wikimedia Commons