International gateway for the North East  

May 1, 2018

With 80 direct flights and countless onward destinations to choose from, award-winning Newcastle International Airport is opening the world up to the region’s travellers

Newcastle International Airport is the international gateway for the North East and last year, welcomed almost five and a half million passengers to the terminal for the first time in a decade.

Both business and leisure travellers from across the region, as well as the south of Scotland, Cumbria and Yorkshire, can connect to 80 direct destinations with 16 different airlines and many more worldwide through its global hub network.

The daily Emirates flight to Dubai has operated for over ten years connecting the region to the rest of the world. Whether it’s travelling Down Under to destinations such as Sydney, Perth or Melbourne; relaxing on white sandy beaches in Bali, Thailand or the Maldives; or exploring the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, Singapore or Bangkok, it’s never been easier to reach far-flung places from the North East.

With six flights a day to London Heathrow with British Airways, customers are just over an hour’s flight time away from business meetings in the capital, West End weekends and connections to the rest of the world. Onward destinations with British Airways from London Heathrow include everything from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, and from the USA to China. And there’s plenty more choice for those looking to travel on to far-off, exotic places with several other global hub network flights from Newcastle International Airport.

The KLM route to Amsterdam and Air France to Paris, as well as flights to Brussels and Dublin, provide access to the likes of New Zealand, South America and Africa too.

And it’s not just connecting flights. There are more than 80 direct flights to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations from Newcastle International Airport, including low-cost options for holidaymakers looking for the perfect beach holiday or an action-packed city break. Whether it’s cobbled streets in Croatia, diving in Egypt, paella in Madrid, or beers in Berlin, there’s something for every budget and every duration with flights from easyJet,, Ryanair, TUI, Thomas Cook and many more.

On top of its wide range of destinations, Newcastle International Airport offers an award-winning customer experience, with friendly and helpful staff and top class facilities.

In 2017, it was voted ‘Best UK Airport’ for the second successive year by, was named ‘Airport of the Year’ at the North of England Transport Awards and was placed fifth on a list of happiest airports in the world by HappyOrNot.

In 2018, the airport was named best in its category for customer service at Airport Council International’s Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards and ‘Best-Value UK Airport’ by Skyscanner.

This award-winning customer experience, combined with excellent facilities, provides a great first impression to those visiting the region, which helps the North East attract new businesses and inbound tourists. In a bid to boost inbound tourism, Newcastle International Airport announced a three-year partnership with VisitBritain and NewcastleGateshead Initiative last year, to promote the region to overseas markets. The partnership focuses on driving more visitors to explore the diverse culture and heritage of NewcastleGateshead and the surrounding region and, currently, the initiative is targeting visitors from Germany, highlighting the direct flights from Berlin to Newcastle International Airport as a reason to travel in 2018. As part of this partnership, Newcastle International Airport is also working with local destination management organisations, Northumberland Tourism and Visit County Durham, and tourism colleagues at Sunderland City Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council and the Tees Valley Combined Authority, to develop bookable itineraries showcasing the region’s varied tourism product.

Newcastle International Airport was also announced last year as the international gateway for the Great Exhibition of the North. Set to be the biggest event in England in 2018, the Great Exhibition of the North is a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, vibrant street performances and cutting-edge culture, and tells the story of the North and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers shaped our present and are inspiring our future. Newcastle International Airport will be working to promote the Exhibition to overseas tourists as part of its partnership with NewcastleGateshead Initiative and VisitBritain.

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