12 Jan 2017

Flying High in 2016

Newcastle International Airport continues to fly high with confirmation that over 4.8m passengers travelled through in 2016.

With an increase of 6% compared to 2015, over 250,000 more passengers used the airport last year, which has now seen six years of positive year on year growth.

August was the busiest month for the region’s biggest airport, with almost 600,000 passengers passing through the terminal, the highest number since 2007.

The airport recorded its strongest December in over 10 years, with more than 300,000 passengers travelling in the final month of 2016.

The airport’s daily Emirates service to Dubai celebrated record numbers in August. The route, set to celebrate ten years of operation in 2017, carried 22,745 passengers in August from Newcastle and its Dubai hub.

Alicante was the favoured holiday destination for the North East travelling public, with 341,298 people travelling to the Costa Blanca.

These latest figures come less than a week after the airport was announced as the most punctual small airport in the world following the release of OAG’s 2016 Punctuality League, with over 90% of flights both leaving and arriving on time.

With over 41,000 scheduled flights from the airport last year, the most punctual route was to Dublin, with an on-time score of 99.85%. The airport also introduced a number of new flight routes in 2016 including services to Berlin, Cancun and three Polish destinations to Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw. The airport further strengthened its range of city destinations on offer, with the announcement of flights to Madrid set to commence in March 2017.

The airport, which serves more than 80 direct destinations and connects across the globe via its hub connections, was one of only three UK airports from around the world that achieved an on-time performance rating of over 90% in 2016.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “2016 was a fantastic year with some amazing achievements. We have seen a number of record breaking months at the airport and to have now seen six years of positive year on year growth is a great accomplishment. We have worked very hard to build a route network that offers a wide variety of choice to suit the needs of all our passengers. With even more choice available from Newcastle for a number of years, 2017 is set to be a special year for the airport as we expect to surpass 5 million passengers.”