It’s been a positive start to 2017 for Newcastle Airport; a dramatic increase in passengers saw almost 40,000 passengers using the airport in January. This was a 16.2% increase on the same month in 2016.
The airport is giving the majority of credit to the increase in Non-EU routes, with destinations including Dubai, Geneva and the Canaries. Newcastle Airport’s international traffic rates has seen a further 26.8% increase, which is amplified by the EU scheduled traffic which increased by 30.6%, thanks to increased flights on Ryanair, Easyjet and Jet2 planes.
John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said:
“We recorded our strongest December in over 10 years in 2016 so we are naturally delighted to see the airport carry this momentum into the first month of 2017.
January is considered to be a relatively quiet period but as we have continued to invest in the airport and add new routes along with additional capacity, we have experienced an increase in demand for our international services.
We take our role seriously as the international gateway for the North East and will continue to explore additional routes to help ensure the region remains well connected for both business and leisure destinations.”
Newcastle Airport saw 4.86 million passengers pass through their doors in 2016, with its busiest routes for both international and domestic flights being London Heathrow, Belfast International, Amsterdam and Alicante. As of March, the airport will bolster its range of city routes on offer, with destinations such as Madrid set to begin with Ryanair.
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