Newcastle International Airport named ‘Airport of the Year’ at transport awards
Newcastle International Airport is today (1st December) celebrating after being named ‘Airport of the Year’ at last night’s North of England Transport Awards.
The airport was presented the title at a glittering ceremony in Leeds by BBC presenter Steph McGovern, after beating tough competition from Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool John Lennon airports.
Newcastle International has recently invested £20 million in upgrades across the airport, including a state-of-the-art radar system, gate area modernisation and new terminal flooring – all of which were key factors in securing the title. It’s also introduced digital signage, free premium wifi, self-service bag drop and a brand new World Duty Free Express store in a bid to ensure the highest standards of passenger experience.
The North East’s largest airport, which was also voted Britain’s best airport for a second successive year in the summer, also saw the five millionth passenger pass through the terminal for the first time since 2008, with passenger figures set to be the highest in a decade as 2017 comes to a close. The growth in passenger numbers has seen winter sun destinations in particular, such as the Canaries and Balearics, record their busiest 12 months on record.
Nick Jones, Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport said: “I’m delighted that Newcastle has been named ‘Airport of the Year’. We’ve had a fantastic 2017, with multi-million pound investment in upgrades throughout the airport and more than five million passengers passing through the terminal for the first time in a decade - it’s really been a year to remember.
“I’m incredibly proud of each and every one of our team at the airport for their continued hard work and dedication that contributes to operating the best airport in the North of England.”
The North of England Transport Awards was launched last year by the Transport Times in a bid to bring the industry together to celebrate its achievements in providing efficient, high quality transport services across the region and reward and encourage innovation and excellence. Newcastle International has been shortlisted as ‘Airport of the Year’ at both years’ ceremonies.