June 27 2019 @ 10:03 by Richard Dawson
Newcastle International Airport has announced the opening of a new ‘premium meet and greet’ car park.
Located only 30 metres from the terminal, the new car parking facility allows passengers to drop their cars off and head straight into the terminal.
The meet and greet area is part of the airport’s multi-million pound plans to upgrade car parking facilities, announced in December last year.
Inside the new facility is a high-specification waiting area with a hotel-style reception where a uniformed member of staff is waiting to collect passenger’s car keys.
It’s thought that the new car park will streamline the collection process when passengers return from their trips, making for a personalised experience.
High-tech photographic booths were also installed to inspect the condition of vehicles going in and out of the facility, providing peace of mind to passengers.
The facility was opened on June 25 by the airport’s COO, Richard Knight and Dean Ward, head of commercial.
Dean said: “Demand for the meet and greet car parking product has increased dramatically over the last few years.
“In light of this, it is important that we continue to invest in new infrastructure and technology to further improve the high standards of customer experience.
“We look forward to welcoming our first customers through the facility this week and many more over the busy summer period.”
Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council and chair of the LA7 shareholders, added: “This latest investment is further evidence of the airport’s strategy to put passengers at the very heart of the business.
“The airport is committed to providing the best possible experience for travellers and this latest investment is testament to this.”