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Newcastle Airport Unveils 2035 Masterplan

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Newcastle International Airport has launched its Masterplan 2035, a blueprint for competing in the global economy, while delivering economic benefits for the region. Ahead of its 100th anniversary since it has been in operation, the new Masterplan is expected to drive continued growth.

The passenger numbers are forecast to continue growing during that time, reaching up to 9.4 million passengers by 2035. It is hoped that the Masterplan will also help deliver a framework to allow for improved connectivity, ensuring people don’t have to use airports outside the North East. Remaining in draft form until the public consultation is complete, the blueprint outlines aims of supporting an increase in inbound tourism.

As one of the biggest job providers and economic generators in the North East, Newcastle International employs 3,500 people on site and supports an estimated 18,900 roles throughout the region. The airport currently makes a GVA contribution of £1.16 billion for the economy, but the number could rise to £2.03 billion by 2035, while the jobs supported could reach 27,800.

“Newcastle International has gone from strength to strength in recent years and we’ve set out a clear plan of action to continue to grow our airport to ensure it can compete in the global economy,” said Nick Jones, CEO at Newcastle International.

“In the years to come, the connectivity provided by the airport will be even more important, and that’s why this plan seeks to safeguard for the future of not just the Airport but the whole region,” he continued.

The Masterplan includes a possible extension of the runway, which will improve aircraft performance, as well as allow future destinations to be served from the existing runway. Other points raised include ways of minimising the airport’s impact on surrounding communities and the environment, and a Surface Access Strategy for continued improvement of the region’s road and public transport infrastructure.

The consultation period to find out the public’s views on the Masterplan consists of drop-in sessions and meetings hosted at the airport and running from the 10th of May until the 13th of September.

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