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 (2016)
Passengers 4,807,906
Passenger change 15-16 Increase5.4%
Aircraft Movements 56,263
Movements change 15-16 Increase0.6%
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 2016 it was the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the second busiest in Northern England after Manchester Airport, handling over 4.8 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. "". Retrieved 2 July 2017. 

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.[3]

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 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 the 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.[citation needed]

Development since the 2000s[edit]

Main hall

In 2001 the SAS Group announced that an agreement had been concluded to increase its holding in Spanair from 49% to 74% of the shares.[4]

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.[5]

In 2006 a record 5.4 million passengers used the Airport, according to Civil Aviation Authority figures.[6]

Rapid expansion in passenger traffic has led to increasing commercial utilization 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.[7]

In August 2016, United Airlines announced it would discontinue its seasonal route from Newark to Newcastle in 2017, citing economic reasons.[8] Therefore, Newcastle Airport lost one of its two long-haul services.

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

The £3m plans include to extend the terminal by 4,800sqft and will increase the equipment in the security hall, bringing in improved technology to make it a quicker process. This is due to be constructed over the winter of 2017/2018.[9]

Cargo and Freight facilities[edit]

Newcastle Airport Freight Village is located south to the Airport and bases Emirates SkyCargo, FedEx, Servisair Cargo and North East 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.

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. 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 UAE.

All cargo operations are based on the southern apron.

Other airport facilities[edit]

The Airport is also home to the Newcastle Airport Fire Academy.[10][11] The Newcastle Aviation Academy is also located within this area. When Gill Airways existed, its head office was in the New Aviation House, on the airport property.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services to and from Newcastle:[13]

Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Cork, Dublin
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle (ends 28 October 2017)[14]
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle (begins 29 October 2017)[14]
BMI Regional Brussels, Stavanger
British Airways London-Heathrow
BH Air Seasonal: Bourgas
Eastern Airways Aberdeen, Belfast-City (begins 1 September 2017),[15] Cardiff, Isle of Man
easyJet Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin-Schönefeld, Belfast-International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva, Málaga, Malta
Seasonal: Corfu, Jersey, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Split, Tenerife-South
Emirates Dubai-International
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Flybe Exeter, Southampton
Seasonal: Newquay Alicante, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Almeria, Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Faro, Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kraków, Larnaca, Málaga, Malta, Mahón, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Pisa, Prague, Reus, Rhodes, Rome-Fiumicino, Thessaloniki (begins 3 May 2018),[16] Zakynthos
KLM Amsterdam
Ryanair Alicante, Dublin, Faro, Gdańsk, Lanzarote, Madrid, Málaga, Tenerife-South, Warsaw-Modlin, Wroclaw
Seasonal: Girona, Palma de Mallorca
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen
Thomas Cook Airlines Fuerteventura, Hurghada[17] Lanzarote, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Almeria, Antalya, Bourgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Mahón, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos , Reus, Rhodes, Santorini, Skiathos, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Antalya, Bourgas, Cancún, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Málaga, Mahón, Naples, Orlando–Sanford, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Geneva, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Turin, Verona[18]


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Glasgow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle

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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • 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.[22]
  • 25 November 2010 - A Boeing 737-800 registered G-FDZR stopped on the paved surface but with the nosewheel 10 ft beyond the marked runway end. The runway was reported to have a covering of 2 mm of wet snow.[citation needed]
  • 5 December 2015 - A Embraer ERJ 145 registered G-CGWV left wing touched the runway surface during a night landing in gusty wind conditions. Damage to the left wingtip and aileron was found after the flight. The crew were uninjured although the aircraft suffered damage.[citation needed]


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 4.8 million passengers passing through the airport in 2016 (close to the 2004 total), although cargo volumes have broadly increased to record levels since 2005.[2]

Traffic figures[edit]

Newcastle Airport's control tower
RAF Tornado at Newcastle Airport
Newcastle Airport Passenger Totals 1997-2016 (millions)
Updated: 15 March 2017.[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
2016 4,807,906 56,263 4,574 4,894

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes to and from Newcastle (2016)[23]
Rank Airport Total
2015 / 16
1 London–Heathrow 499,479 Decrease 2.7%
2 Amsterdam 363,690 Decrease 4.3%
3 Alicante 340,357 Increase 45.1%
4 Palma de Mallorca 257,176 Increase 13.3%
5 Belfast–International 250,418 Increase 14.1%
6 Málaga 238,845 Increase 40.6%
7 Dublin 232,538 Increase 17.2%
8 Dubai–International 231,047 Decrease 1.0%
9 Tenerife–South 215,583 Increase 23.4%
10 Bristol 164,595 Decrease 2.7%
11 Paris–Charles de Gaulle 148,784 Decrease 3.3%
12 Faro 121,000 Increase 9.7%
13 Southampton 117,767 Increase 7.6%
14 Lanzarote 113,133 Increase 18.6%
15 Barcelona 98,753 Increase 49.0%
16 Ibiza 79,462 Increase 5.0%
17 Dalaman 78,001 Decrease 38.3%
18 Geneva 68,226 Increase 11.5%
19 Gran Canaria 62,178 Increase 64.5%
20 Reus 60,539 Increase 49.2%

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.

  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.


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  4. ^ "The SAS Group Annual Report 2001" (PDF). 
  5. ^ *"Newcastle International Airport extension opened" (Press release). Copenhagen Airports. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 
  6. ^ Editor: Eric, MacBurni (2007). "RUNWAY SAFETY: PROMOTING BEST PRACTICES" (PDF). ICAO JOURNAL. 62: 5. 
  7. ^ "Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Master Plan Update" (PDF). 
  8. ^ - United to axe Newcastle, UK flights over weakening pound 12 August 2016
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  10. ^ "Cargo & Freight". Newcastle Airport. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  11. ^ "Fire Training Courses". Newcastle Airport. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  12. ^ "Contact Us." Gill Airways. 23 April 2000. Retrieved on 22 September 2010.
  13. ^ - Timetables retrieved 8 January 2017
  14. ^ a b "Air France". Air France. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ "Destinations". Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  17. ^ "Thomas Cook UK expands Hurghada routes in W17". Routesonline. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  18. ^ "Ski Holidays 2017/2018 | Get More Winter With Crystal Ski". 2016-07-28. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  19. ^ Report on the accident to Piper PA60-602P, N64719 on 30 November 2000, UK AAIB
  20. ^ "Robinson R22 Beta, G-BSXN, 11 February 2004". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Tornado GR4A, ZA 371, 5 August 2008". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Rockwell Commander 112, G-FLPI, 25 May 2009". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Airport Data 2016". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 3 March 2017. Tables 12.1(XLS) and 12.2 (XLS). Retrieved 16 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

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