Newcastle Airport is located near the Woolsington area of Newcastle upon Tyne and is 5.8 miles north-west of Newcastle city centre.
Newcastle Airport Map
The Airport mainly serves Northumberland, Tyneside and Wearside and is 51% owned by local authorities and 49% owned by AMP Capital.
Newcastle Airport is the 11th busiest airport in the UK and the second busiest airport in the north of England after Manchester Airport.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Newcastle Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach/Radar - 124.380
Dir - 125.830
Tower - 119.705
Delivery - 121.730
Ground - 121.730
ATIS - 118.380
The Airport was opened in July 1935 as Woolsington Aerodrome, incorporating a clubhouse, hangar, workshops, fuel garage and grass runway.
During World War II the main airport in the region was located at Cramlington but after the war it was decided to develop Woolsington Airport. In the 1950s, ex-RAF fighter pilot Jim Denyer was appointed Airport Manager and destinations included Jersey and the isle of Wight.
During the 1960s there was a major increase in traffic due to foreign holidays becoming cheap and popular with destinations such as Spain. A new runway was built with an apron, and air traffic control tower.
In the 1970s it became a regional international airport and later rebranded as Newcastle Airport. The 1980s saw further investment in check-in, catering, and duty-free shops. In 1991, the Airport Metro station was opened which connected the airport with Newcastle and later with Sunderland using the Tyne and Wear Metro system. In 2000, a new extension was built.
Copenhagen Airports aquired a 49% stake in the airport in 2001. In 2004 the Departure Terminal was extended and refurbished which included new shops, cafes, and seating. In 2007 a new Air Traffic Control Tower was completed and situated on the north side of the airfield.
The south-side of the airport is used for freight, mail, and corporate flights. It is planned to expand the south-side area with maintenance facilities, new hangar, and apron areas. The Newcastle Aviation Academy is also located in this area. The main aim of the Academy, which is an off-site university campus, is to supply the aircraft industry with more trained engineers.
In August 2004 an extended and refurbished Departure Terminal was opened. The refurbishment comprised a 3,000 square metre extension which included new shops, and cafes etc. On 27 October 2012 Copenhagen Airport sold the stake in the airport to AMP Capital, which is an Australian-based Investment Management Company.
In July 2017, it was announced that the airport would be investing in a terminal expansion project which is part of overall improvement plans running from 2016 to 2017. This improvement plan included a new radar system alongside digital signage in the check-in areas and the installation of new flooring.
The airport is also home to the Newcastle Airport Fire Academy. The Newcastle Aviation Academy is also located within this area. The south side of the airport also has bases for Great North Air Ambulance and NPAS Newcastle Helicopter. 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.
Getting to Newcastle Airport
Newcastle International Airport lies in the heart of the North East and is an extremely accessible regional airport. As the A1 is a principal north/south road, it bypasses the city centre and leads directly to the airport. The Sat Nav postcode is NE13 8BZ
Newcastle International Airport is well connected to the North East rail network by the Metro service. There is a direct link from the airport to Newcastle Central Station, taking less than 30 minutes.
For bus times and fare information then visit www.traveline.info
or Newcastle Buses
Airport Taxis, are the official taxi service for Newcastle International Airport, and are a reliable and efficient service operating direct from Newcastle International.
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• Drop off & Pick up