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Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport Logo.png
Newcastle International Airport - geograph.org.uk - 308047.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Newcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Ltd (51%), AMP Capital (49%).
Operator Newcastle International Airport Ltd
Serves Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
County Durham
North Yorkshire
Location Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne
Elevation AMSL 266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates 55°02′15″N 001°41′30″W / 55.03750°N 1.69167°W / 55.03750; -1.69167Coordinates: 55°02′15″N 001°41′30″W / 55.03750°N 1.69167°W / 55.03750; -1.69167
Website newcastleairport.com
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 (2013)
Passengers 4,420,839
Passenger change 12-13 Increase1.3%
Aircraft Movements 59,962
Movements change 12-13 Decrease1.7%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Newcastle International Airport (IATA: NCLICAO: EGNT) is located near the Woolsington area of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, 5 NM (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.

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.

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.

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.

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.[3]

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

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.


In 2013, the Airport published a Master Plan that sets out development proposals for the airport until 2030.[citation needed] In the near term, these include changes to the road network and the expansion of the freight facilities on the south side of the airport.

The developments planned include:

  • Measures to improve the capacity of the runway, such as taxiways and turning points, but no requirement for a runway extension or a second runway
  • Extensions to the terminal and a possible second pier and/or satellite pier development
  • Further apron development to the north east of the terminal to accommodate additional aircraft parking
  • Construction of offices, hangars and warehouses on the southside
  • Additional long stay car parks along with a possible multi-storey short stay car park to the front of the terminal
  • Road junction and infrastructure improvements

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 third largest airport in the North of England, after Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Aer Arann
Cork, Dublin
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Malta Seasonal: Malta
BH Air Seasonal: Bourgas, Sofia, Varna
BMI Regional Brussels
British Airways London-Heathrow
operated by Van Air Europe and Links Air
Isle of Man
Eastern Airways Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Stavanger
easyJet Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast-International, Bristol, Faro, London-Gatwick, Málaga, Malta
Seasonal: Geneva, Jersey, Minorca, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife-South
Emirates Dubai
Flybe Belfast-City, Southampton
Seasonal: Newquay
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf (begins 18 September 2014)
Jet2.com Alicante, Arrecife, Dalaman, Faro, Heraklion, Kraków, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga, Murcia, Paphos, Prague, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Bodrum, Chambéry, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Funchal (begins 4 July 2014),[4] Fuerteventura (begins 24 June 2014), Ibiza, Mahon, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Pula, Reus, Rome-Fiumicino, Rhodes, Venice-Marco Polo
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Livingston Compagnia Aerea Seasonal: Verona (begins 17 May 2014)
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf (ends 17 September 2014)
Onur Air Seasonal: Dalaman
Ryanair Dublin
Seasonal: Girona
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen[5]
Syphax Airlines Seasonal: Enfidha[6]
Thomas Cook Airlines Arrecife, Enfidha, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Alicante, Antalya, Bodrum, Bourgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Malta, Mahon, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Skiathos, Zakynthos
Thomson Airways Alicante, Arrecife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Bourgas, Cancún, Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Mahon, Naples, Orlando-Sanford, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Turin, Zakynthos
Wideroe Stavanger


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express
operated by Swiftair
Glasgow-International, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Royal Mail
operated by West Atlantic
Royal Mail
operated by Jet2.com
East Midlands

Other facilities[edit]

When Gill Airways existed, its head office was in the New Aviation House, on the airport property.[7]

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.[8][9]

Surface access[edit]

Light rail[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 City Centre Metro Stations (approx 22 mins).

Road transport[edit]

The Airport is connected to the A1 trunk road by the A696 dual carriageway. A half-hourly bus service (X77 / X78 / X79) links the Airport to the nearby villages of Ponteland and Darras Hall, as well as to the 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 on Sunday daytimes.

Ancillary services[edit]

The main handling agents at the Airport are Swissport UK (previously Groundstar) who provide services for eighteen of the above 26 airlines and Servisair, their cargo division has a significant operation at Newcastle. Servisair have recently brought a new operation to Newcastle (14 February 2011); SmartHandling by Servisair, which is limited to providing services to Easyjet.

There are two hotels on the Airport site and two near by. The Britannia Airport Hotel is situated at the end of the short stay car park outside the front of the terminal, The second hotel on the airport grounds was completed in 2011 and is operated by the Doubletree by Hilton brand, with 179 bedrooms and a 4 star rating.[10]

Adjacent to the Hilton Doubletree is the Premier Inn, with another Premier Inn located at Callerton, near the general aviation terminal.

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 1997-2013 (millions)
Updated: 1 April 2014.[2]
Number of passengers[2]
Number of movements[11]
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
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 (2012)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2011 / 12
1 London Heathrow 487,404 Increase3
2 Belfast International 191,844 Increase7
3 Bristol 170,375 Increase2
4 Southampton 87,044 Decrease5
5 London Gatwick 84,053 Decrease11
6 Belfast City 39,185 Decrease5
7 Aberdeen 36,300 Increase7
8 Exeter 29,494 Increase21
9 Cardiff 13,214 Decrease12
10 Jersey 12,255 Decrease14
Busiest international routes to and from Newcastle Airport (2012)[2]
Rank Airport Passengers handled  % Change
2011 / 12
1 Amsterdam 285,286 Increase10
2 Alicante 233,346 Increase10
3 Palma de Mallorca 232,518 Increase4
4 Paris Charles de Gaulle 182,491 Increase4
5 Dubai 162,349 Steady0
6 Málaga 158,932 Increase6
7 Tenerife South 157,628 Decrease4
8 Dublin 153,664 Increase9
9 Faro 119,945 Increase5
10 Dalaman 112,552 Decrease7
11 Lanzarote 75,706 Decrease9
12 Barcelona 70,429 Steady0
13 Ibiza 67,669 Decrease6
14 Paphos 64,272 Steady0
15 Sharm el-Sheikh 63,735 Increase7
16 Las Palmas 51,779 Decrease2
17 Murcia 50,488 Decrease21
18 Brussels 47,301 Decrease2
19 Enfidha 43,433 Increase628
20 Düsseldorf 43,173 Increase1

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.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • 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.[14]
  • 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.[15]


  1. ^ a b Newcastle - EGNT
  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. ^ "Jet2.com launches new flights from Newcastle International Airport". Chronicle Live. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  5. ^ Michael Brown (2012-11-01). "Newcastle to Copenhagen flights are launched". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Tunisia Package Holidays Deals Bargain Holidays Port El Kantaoui Djerba". Justsunshine.com. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  7. ^ "Contact Us." Gill Airways. 23 April 2000. Retrieved on 22 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Cargo & Freight". Newcastle Airport. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Fire Training Courses". Newcastle Airport. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  10. ^ Newcastle Airport Hotel
  11. ^ Number of movements represents total aircraft takeoffs and landings during the year.
  12. ^ Report on the accident to Piper PA60-602P, N64719 on 30 November 2000, UK AAIB
  13. ^ Robinson R22 Beta, G-BSXN on 11 February 2004, UK AAIB
  14. ^ Tornado GR4A, ZA 371 on 5 August 2008, UK AAIB
  15. ^ Report on the accident to Rockwell Commander 112, G-FLPI on 25 May 2009, UK AAIB

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