Newcastle Airport

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Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport Logo.png
Newcastle Airport Arrivals.jpg
IATA: NCLICAO: EGNT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerNewcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Ltd (51%), AMP Capital (49%).
OperatorNewcastle International Airport Ltd
ServesNewcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
County Durham
Cumbria
North Yorkshire
Northumberland
LocationWoolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne
Elevation AMSL266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates55°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
Websitenewcastleairport.com
Map
EGNT is located in Tyne and Wear
EGNT
EGNT
Location in Tyne and Wear
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
07/252,3297,641Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers4,420,839
Passenger change 12-13Increase1.3%
Aircraft Movements59,962
Movements change 12-13Decrease1.7%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]
 
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Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport Logo.png
Newcastle Airport Arrivals.jpg
IATA: NCLICAO: EGNT
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerNewcastle Airport Local Authority Holding Company Ltd (51%), AMP Capital (49%).
OperatorNewcastle International Airport Ltd
ServesNewcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
County Durham
Cumbria
North Yorkshire
Northumberland
LocationWoolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne
Elevation AMSL266 ft / 81 m
Coordinates55°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
Websitenewcastleairport.com
Map
EGNT is located in Tyne and Wear
EGNT
EGNT
Location in Tyne and Wear
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
mft
07/252,3297,641Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers4,420,839
Passenger change 12-13Increase1.3%
Aircraft Movements59,962
Movements change 12-13Decrease1.7%
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 nautical miles (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.

History[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.

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.

Plans[edit]

Newcastle Airport arrivals and check-in 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:

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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aer Lingus Regional
operated by Stobart Air
Cork, Dublin
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air MaltaSeasonal: Malta
BH AirSeasonal: Burgas, Varna
BMI RegionalBrussels
British AirwaysLondon-Heathrow
Citywing operated by Van Air EuropeIsle of Man
Eastern AirwaysAberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Stavanger
easyJetAlicante, Amsterdam (ends 31 May 2015),[4] Barcelona, Belfast-International, Bristol, Faro, Geneva, London-Gatwick (ends 27 March 2015),[5] Málaga, Malta
Summer seasonal: Corfu (begins 7 June 2015),[6] Jersey, Nice, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes (begins 4 June 2015),[6] Split (begins 2 June 2015)[6]
Winter seasonal: Tenerife-South
EmiratesDubai-International
FlybeBelfast-City, Exeter, London-Stansted (begins 29 March 2015), Southampton
Seasonal: Newquay
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Düsseldorf
Jet2.comAlicante, Arrecife, Dalaman, Faro, Heraklion, Kraków, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga, Murcia, Paphos, Prague, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya (begins 22 May 2015), Bodrum, Chambéry, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Enfidha (begins 27 May 2015), Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Larnaca (begins 27 May 2015), Madeira,[7] Malta (begins 21 May 2015), Mahon, Palma de Mallorca, Pisa, Reus, Rome-Fiumicino, Rhodes, Sofia, Zakynthos (begins 27 May 2015)
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam
Pegasus AirlinesSeasonal: Dalaman (Begins 25 May 2015)
RyanairDublin
Scandinavian AirlinesCopenhagen[8]
Thomas Cook AirlinesArrecife, 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, Santorini (begins 16 May 2015), Hurghada
Thomson AirwaysAlicante, Arrecife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife-South
Seasonal: Antalya, Barbados, Bodrum, Bourgas, Cancún, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik (begins 7 May 2015) Enfidha, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Geneva Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Montego Bay, Mahon, Naples, Orlando-Sanford, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Salzburg, Turin, Zakynthos
United AirlinesSeasonal: Newark (begins 24 May 2015)[9]
WideroeStavanger

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
FedEx Express
operated by Swiftair
Glasgow-International, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Royal Mail
operated by West Atlantic
London-Stansted
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.[10]

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.[11][12]

Surface access[edit]

Metro[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.[13]

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[14]
Freight
(tonnes)[2]
Mail
(tonnes)[2]
19972,642,59181,2791,2193,489
19982,984,72481,2996783,631
19992,994,05179,2917763,409
20003,208,73482,9405263,720
20013,431,39382,5247832,859
20023,426,95279,1731,4382,368
20033,920,20475,1139242,576
20044,724,26377,7217997,756
20055,200,80677,8821997,820
20065,431,97681,6553067,884
20075,650,71679,2007858,483
20085,039,99372,9041,93810,901
20094,587,88369,2542,5979,758
20104,356,13066,6773,6509,062
20114,346,27064,5213,0598,532
20124,366,19661,0062,9567,929
20134,420,83959,9623,7016,512
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 (2013)[2]
RankAirportPassengers handled % Change
2012 / 13
1London Heathrow481,307Decrease1
2Belfast International192,513Steady0
3Bristol175,587Increase2
4Southampton91,064Increase5
5London Gatwick81,813Decrease3
6Belfast City41,700Increase7
7Aberdeen30,759Increase24
8Exeter29,945Steady0
9Jersey17,878Increase45
10Cardiff12,546Decrease12
Busiest international routes to and from Newcastle Airport (2013)[2]
RankAirportPassengers handled % Change
2012 / 13
1Amsterdam356,172Increase25
2Alicante253,499Increase9
3Palma de Mallorca240,281Increase3
4Dubai199,025Increase23
5Málaga182,736Increase15
6Tenerife South170,898Increase8
7Paris Charles de Gaulle141,018Decrease23
8Dublin139,339Decrease9
9Dalaman137,281Increase22
10Faro122,164Increase2
11Lanzarote83,296Increase10
12Ibiza76,618Increase13
13Barcelona65,557Decrease7
14Sharm el-Sheikh59,353Decrease7
15Paphos51,488Decrease20
16Las Palmas51,208Decrease1
17Enfidha45,729Increase5
18Murcia45,451Decrease10
19Mahon42,473Increase4
20Corfu41,907Decrease1

Accidents and incidents[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Newcastle Airport at Wikimedia Commons