Newcastle International airport has been celebrating recently, after receiving two industry awards in the space of just 24 hours. First, they were awarded the accolade of Best UK Airport by BATA (British Air Transport Association) at a ceremony in London, followed closely by being named as the most punctual airport in the UK, for both departing and arriving flights, by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).
Chief Executive at the airport, Dave Laws, was delighted to be recognised by fellow industry members, at a time when there seems to have been nothing but bad news for the aviation industry due to the recession.
Carriers such as BA, Flybe, and Thomas Cook were quick to add their praise for the airport, with Dave Laws being singled out for praise for having “consistently led with complete distinction”.
As far as punctuality is concerned, the league table for the three months from July to Sept 2009 shows that the airport’s performance was at the highest ever level for both charter and scheduled flights. When delays did occur they were shorter than the national average by eight minutes. Operations Director at Newcastle Airport, Will Dougherty, puts the success down to the airport, the airlines and passengers pulling together.
Despite these difficult times, the airport announced this week that several new services would be running as of next summer. These include flights to Burgas in Bulgaria and Izmir in Turkey. Emirates airline will soon also be rolling out a new service to Dubai which, it is hoped, as well as pleasing leisure travellers, will also open up new business opportunities for the region.