Husband and wife retire after a combined 90 years at Newcastle International Airport

After spending a collective of 90 years working together at Newcastle International Airport, employee Sue Davis is celebrating her joint retirement alongside her husband Keith.

Sue, from Cramlington, Northumberland, worked at the airport as a Customer Helper with the airline, and Keith has spent the past 45 years as an Air Traffic Controller – making him the airport’s longest serving employee ever.

Sue, a grandmother-of-two, has celebrated her retirement after serving an impressive 46 years at Newcastle International Airport – including the last eight years with

Just days later, her husband Keith also retired after his own 45-year stint working in Air Traffic Control at the airport.

Last week saw Sue, 65, looked after customers for the final time and she summed up her career by saying “I have absolutely loved it.”

Sue added: “It was so different every day, and the people at the airport and are just so wonderful to work with.

“I’m really going to miss that, and of course the opportunity to wave customers off to all the destinations that flies to. Faro in Portugal is a personal favourite of mine.”

Before working for, Sue worked for a Ground Handler and as a Ticket Desk Manager at the North East’s largest airport.

Recalling her decision to join, she said: “I really fancied working for an airline, and really stood out to me as a respected, friendly brand.

“I had worked one side of airport operations and it was exciting to see how an airline operated. The idea of a desk job did not appeal to me.”

Sue’s husband Keith is also retired from Newcastle International Airport, having worked in air traffic control for 45 years.

Sue added: “Between us we have served 90 years at the airport. We’ve barely crossed paths in that time though as we work in such different areas - it’ll be lovely for us to spend some quality time together.”

Geoff Petch, Station Manager for at Newcastle Airport said: “I’d like to thank Sue personally for all her hard work over the years working for us, where she’s played a vital role in ensuring our award-winning customer service is continued.

“We wish her all the best with her retirement and we have a big send-off planned for her.”

Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Keith joined the business on the 19th April 1975 and leaves as our longest-ever serving member of staff.

“He will be greatly missed by the whole business.

“Over his 45-year career, Keith gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience which has now been passed down to over 25 other Air Traffic Controllers who trained alongside him.

“We would like to thank Keith for his time here at the Airport and wish both him and Sue a happy, healthy retirement together.”

To celebrate their retirement, Sue and Keith, who have two daughters and two grandchildren aged three and five months, are travelling to the USA for a road trip.

Later, in October, their two daughters have a surprise holiday booked. “We have no idea where we’re going, it’s a complete surprise!”