75th birthday celebrations for Newcastle Airport

Despite having to endure one of the toughest years in its 75 year history, suffering volcanic ash disruption as well as the effects of a recession, Newcastle Airport was still able to celebrate its 75th birthday in style.

Costing only £35,000 pounds to build, and opened on the 26th of July 1935, Newcastle Airport is currently one of the UK’s leading international hubs, recently adding a route to Dubai in the UAE.

The airport has seen its passenger volume increase massively in the last 20 years, especially after it was given its own metro station which links the airport to both Newcastle and Sunderland. This, combined with the invention of the package holiday, has seen the airport go from strength to strength in recent times.

Speaking at the celebration, Dave Laws, the airport’s chief executive, said: “This year is very special for Newcastle International as we reflect on our incredible history and take a positive look forward to an exciting future.” Some of the major airlines used the airport’s celebrations to demonstrate both their support for the airport and their promotions. One of these was BA, who offered a limited number of £1 flights between Newcastle and London, with each flight catering for 75 passengers. Some of the day’s more spectacular events included the owner of Jet2.com, Philip Meeson, landing a classic 1930s plane, the Dragon Rapide, as well as Emirates landing one of its new Boeing 777-300ERs, with all the spectacles enjoyed by visitors on a special viewing platform built for the day.

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