Aviation minister hails Newcastle Airport success

Aviation minister hails Newcastle Airport success

Aviation minister Robert Goodwill has hailed the success of Newcastle Airport at the official opening of its new £14m departure lounge today.

The MP officially opened the new lounge offering transformed facilities for passengers before they take off on their international and domestic journeys from the airport.

The new facilities are the latest boost for the region’s largest airport which handled over 4.5 million passengers last year and contributes an estimated £646m a year to the regional economy.

Goodwill said: “Newcastle Airport is a shining example of how our regional airports lead the way with their service and range of destinations.

“The new departure lounge underlines Newcastle Airport’s importance as an engine of growth for the north-east and the Northern Powerhouse.

“We are committed to supporting regional airports in their ambitions, with £20m funding for new domestic and international routes across the UK.”

In November 2015, the government announced that a new flight connecting Newcastle Airport and Norwich would be one of the new domestic and international routes receiving a portion of a £7m investment through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund. The flights will begin in 2016.

Newcastle airport already serves over 70 destinations, improving connectivity across the UK and offering international links for tourists and businesses including routes to New York and Dubai.

David Laws, chief executive of Newcastle International Airport, added: “I am delighted the minister has officially opened our new departure lounge.

“Our passengers’ journeys, whether business or pleasure, begin right here at the airport and it’s vital we give them the best possible experience.”

Cllr Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This new development highlights Newcastle International’s role as a major regional airport and a key economic generator for our region.

“There is plenty on offer for the modern traveller and I am sure people from across the north-east and beyond will enjoy these excellent facilities as they fly off, whether it is for business or pleasure.”