Newcastle Airport

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Newcastle International Airport
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Quick Info
Type of Airport Commercial
Run by Local Authorities (51%), Copenhagen Airport (49%)
Opened 26th of July, 1935
Closest City Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Distance 6 miles/11 kilometres
Latitude Longitude
55°02´15" N 001°41´30" W
Direction Length Surface
Feet Metres
07 / 25 7,650 2,332 Asphalt
Number of Passengers 4,748,579
Number of Takeoffs/Landings 71,103
Number of Passengers 3,903,000
Number of Takeoffs/Landings 71,096
Number of Passengers 3,387,000
Number of Takeoffs/Landings 78,884
Number of Passengers 3,408,000
Number of Takeoffs/Landings 82,456

Newcastle International Airport is the 9th largest airport in the United Kingdom. Its IATA airport code is NCL and its ICAO airport code is EGNT.

Newcastle Airport is owned by seven local authorities (51%) and Copenhagen Airport (49%). The seven local authorities are: Durham County Council, Gateshead MBC, City of Newcastle, North Tyneside MBC, Northumberland County Council, South Tyneside MBC and City of Sunderland.

The airport has seen tremendous growth in recent years. The CAA recently named Newcastle as the fastest growing regional airport in the UK. The Airport is expecting to handle 5.4 million passengers in 2005.



Newcastle Airport offers services to the following destinations (as of March 2005):



Charter destinations include Athens, Corfu, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Faro, Fuerteventura, Naples, Sharm-el-Sheik, Toronto and Tenerife amongst others. Ski destinations include Innsbruck, Grenoble and Salzburg.


The Airport is located between the small village of Woolsington to the south, the village of Dinnington to the east and the town of Ponteland to the north. The full title of the airport is Newcastle Woolsington International Airport.

The latitude and longitude of the airport are 55.02N 00.141W, grid reference NZ1987.

Surface access

Light rail

Newcastle Airport is connected to Newcastle and Sunderland city centres by the green line of the Tyne and Wear Metro service. The journey time to Newcastle Central Station is 24 minutes and Sunderland can be reached in 50 minutes, by changing to the yellow metro line at Pelaw.

Road transport

The Airport is connected to the A1 trunk road by the A696 dual carriageway. A regular bus service (101 ( also runs from the airport to Newcastle and South East Northumberland. A half-hourly service (76/77 ( runs between the airport and Newcastle City Centre, with a limited service (102 ( linking the Airport with the Metrocentre shopping centre.

Ancillary services

The main handling agents at the Airport are Swissport UK (previously Groundstar) and Servisair/Globeground.

There are two hotels on the Airport site, the Britannia Airport Hotel ( and a Travelinn (, with an additional Travelinn located at Callerton, near the general aviation terminal. There are also a large number of hotels in Newcastle and the surrounding area.


The Airport first opened on the 26th of July, 1935 by the Secretary of State for Air, Sir Phillip Cunliffe-Lister. Incorporating a clubhouse, hanger, workshops, fuel garage and grass runway, at the time it cost £35,000 to build.

Although during World War Two 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.

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. The 1980s saw further investment in check-in, catering and duty free facilities. In 2000 a new £27 million extension was opened by Prime Minister Tony Blair and the first low-cost airline arrived at the airport, with Go-Fly inaugurating a service to London Stansted following the withdrawal from the route by the now defunct Gill Airways. 2001 saw the acquisition of a 49% stake in the Airport by Copenhagen Airports.

Future plans

The Airport recently published a Master Plan ( that set out development proposals for the airport until 2016. In the near term, these include building a multi-storey car park to replace the current short-stay parking and the expansion of the freight facilities on the south side of the airport. Feasibility studies are being carried out to evaluate the longer-term proposals that include:

  • extending the runway at its eastmost end,
  • converting the junction with the A696 into a grade-separated junction to cater for the expected increase in traffic levels, and,
  • the building of a heavy rail link to connect the airport with the National Rail network.

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