Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle International Airport (IATA: NCL, ICAO: EGNT) is an international airport located on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom, about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) north-west of the city centre. It is the 11th busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the second busiest in Northern England after Manchester Airport, handling over 5.4 million passengers.[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.

Newcastle International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerNewcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Ltd (51%)
AMP Capital (49%)
OperatorNewcastle International Airport Ltd
ServesTyne and Wear
County Durham
Northumberland Tees Valley
Scottish Borders
LocationWoolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates55°02′17″N 001°41′23″W
Location in Tyne and Wear
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,329 7,641 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passenger change 2017-181%
Aircraft Movements53,740
Movements change 2017-187%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the Civil Aviation Authority[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. In October 2012 Copenhagen Airport sold its stake in the airport to AMP Capital.[3]

Area served

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 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.


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, 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; 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 city centre using the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Since the 2000s

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 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]

Cargo and freight facilities

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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[14]

All cargo operations are based on the southern apron.

Other airport facilities

The airport is also home to the Newcastle Airport Fire Academy.[15][16] 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.[17]

The south side of the airport also has bases for Great North Air Ambulance[18] and NPAS Newcastle Helicopter.[19] 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.[20]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services to and from Newcastle:[21]

Aer Lingus Regional Dublin
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
British Airways London–Heathrow
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas
Seasonal charter: Sofia (begins 21 December 2019)[22]
easyJet Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast–International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva, Málaga, Malta
Seasonal: Corfu, Jersey, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Split, Tenerife–South
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Flybe Aberdeen, Cardiff, Exeter, London–Southend (begins 29 March 2020),[23] Southampton Alicante, Antalya, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Kraków, Lanzarote, Málaga, Prague, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Almería, Bodrum, Burgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Girona, Grenoble, Heraklion, Ibiza, İzmir, Kos, Larnaca, Malta, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Pisa, Reus, Rhodes, Rome–Fiumicino, Thessaloniki, Verona, Zakynthos New-York EWR
KLM Amsterdam
Loganair Aberdeen, Bergen (begins 26 April 2020),[24] Brussels, Newquay (begins 1 April 2020),[25] Stavanger
Seasonal: Guernsey (begins 23 May 2020)[26]
Lufthansa Munich (begins 3 February 2020)[27]
Ryanair Alicante, Dublin, Lanzarote (ends 4 January 2020),[28][29] Málaga, Tenerife–South (ends 5 January 2020),[30][31] Wrocław
Seasonal: Faro, Gdańsk, Palma de Mallorca
TUI Airways[32] Alicante, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Málaga, Paphos, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Agadir (begins 7 May 2020),[33] Antalya, Burgas, Cancún, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Dalaman, Enfidha, Heraklion, Hurghada (begins 4 May 2020),[34] Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Menorca, Naples, Orlando–Sanford, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Santorini (begins 5 May 2020),[34] Sharm El Sheikh (resumes 7 November 2020),[35] Skiathos, Verona, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Barbados, Geneva, Innsbruck, Montego Bay, Turin[36]

Accidents and incidents

  • 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.[37]


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.[2] It is expected Newcastle will see a reduction in traffic figures this year due to the end of operations of Thomas Cook Airlines.[38]

Traffic figures

Newcastle Airport passenger totals 1997-2018 (millions)
Updated: 25 January 2019.[39]
Number of
[nb 1]
Number of
[nb 2]
1997 2,642,59181,2791,2193,489
1998 2,984,72481,2996783,631
1999 2,994,05179,2917763,409
2000 3,208,73482,9405263,720
2001 3,431,39382,5247832,859
2002 3,426,95279,1731,4382,368
2003 3,920,20475,1139242,576
2004 4,724,26377,7217997,756
2005 5,200,80677,8821997,820
2006 5,431,97681,6553067,884
2007 5,650,71679,2007858,483
2008 5,039,99372,9041,93810,901
2009 4,587,88369,2542,5979,758
2010 4,356,13066,6773,6509,062
2011 4,346,27064,5213,0598,532
2012 4,366,19661,0062,9567,929
2013 4,420,83959,9623,7016,512
2014 4,516,73959,1144,4504,738
2015 4,562,85355,9503,7174,633
2016 4,807,90656,2634,5744,894
2017 5,300,27457,8085,4821,128
2018 5,332,23853,7405,5243
  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

Busiest routes to and from Newcastle International Airport, UK (2018)[40]
1 London–Heathrow496,913 0.9%
2 Alicante368,256 2.9%
3 Amsterdam347,776 5.2%
4 Palma de Mallorca304,453 6.5%
5 Belfast–International269,945 3.9%
6 Málaga269,622 2.3%
7 Tenerife–South246,944 0.4%
8 Dubai–International242,302 1.9%
9 Dublin227,780 13.8%
10 Bristol189,534 11.5%
11 Faro172,176 0.0%
12 Lanzarote151,213 4.2%
13 Paris–Charles de Gaulle144,374 2.6%
14 Southampton116,613 10.5%
15 Dalaman110,958 45.8%
16 Ibiza83,820 1.0%
17 Antalya75,325 105.6%
18 Barcelona72,099 6.7%
19 Gran Canaria64,863 6.6%
20 Fuerteventura 62,430 8.7%

Ground transport


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

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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