24 Jul 2015

Newcastle International Airport Celebrates 80 Years


The North East’s largest airport is this weekend celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Newcastle International Airport has been serving the region since 26 July 1935 and last year welcomed 4.6 million passengers through its doors.

The airport began its anniversary celebrations early in the year, when it premiered Newcastle International: Your Airport In Motion. The film, which is made using a technique called hyperlapse photography, was produced by Jack Fisher and captures a day in the life of a busy international airport. Jack is currently back at the airport producing an update to the piece, to be launched later in the year.

Staff have also undertaken a number of charity challenges to mark the airport’s 80th year. In June, several staff members including CEO David Laws got on their bike and cycled 80km through Northumberland, raising over £10,000. All money from both charity events went to the Newcastle United Foundation and Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light.

The year is a cause for double celebration as the United Airlines direct service to New York also began operating.

Celebrations this weekend will coincide with the Sunderland International Airshow which is set to feature The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Hurricane and Spitfire; the Red Arrows, RAF Tutor, RAF Hawk T2, RAF Typhoon and the Twister Duo. A special area has been created for the public to view the planes arriving and departing, so everyone can enjoy the spectacle.

David Laws, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “2015 has proved to be a massive year for us.

“After first opening in July 1935, we now find ourselves flying to more than 80 destinations worldwide and play a significant role in the region’s economy.

“Work continues to go on to make the airport bigger and better. Our £14million development of the terminal building is set for completion in September.

“We have a series of events planned for the remainder of the year and we plan to involve as many people in our celebrations as possible.”