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Newcastle Airport, England

Newcastle Airport (IATA: NCL) is about 9 km (6 miles) from the city of Newcastle upon Tyne (commonly known as Newcastle). The airport primarily serves Newcastle and the counties of Tyneside, Northumberland and Wearside in North East England. It’s the 11th busiest airport in the UK, handling over 5 million passengers in 2017 and the second busiest in North England after Manchester Airport. The majority of the international flights at the airport are between destinations in Europe. The airport comprises of a single terminal with departures and arrivals as well as passenger facilities on the ground floor. Ground transport from Newcastle Airport includes trains, local buses, taxis and car rentals.


Airlines & Flights

Over 15 airlines operate at Newcastle Airport, flying to over 80 destinations mainly within Europe including many popular holiday destinations. Main airlines operating at the airport include EasyJet,, Ryanair, Thomas Cook and TUI Airways. Other European airlines include Air Lingus, Air France, BMI Regional, British Airways, Eastern Airways, Eurowings, Flybe, Brussels Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines. Middle Eastern airline Emirates also operates at Newcastle Airport.

Aircraft at Newcastle Airport by Derek Harper

Connections on the domestic routes include Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Jersey (seasonal), Newquay (seasonal) and Southampton. Major international flights within Europe include Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Faro, Malaga, Lanzarote, Palma de Mallorca, Paris and Tenerife. Other connections in Europe include Brussels, Dusseldorf, Geneva, Granaria, Ibiza and Reus. Emirates operate flights between Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Airport Facilities

You can enjoy free Wi-Fi internet access at the terminal by selecting the ‘Newcastle Airport Wireless’ network. Your default web browser should open automatically once connected to the network. Travelex operates foreign currency exchange desks located before and after security, offering up to 80 currencies including the euro and US dollar. Travelex also operates ATMs that dispense pound sterling and euro currencies.

Newcastle Airport terminal by Mick Garrat

There is a good selection of food and beverage outlets at Newcastle Airport to suit anyone ranging from full meals to light bites. Outlets include Burger King, Cabin, Caffe Ritaza, Flying Hippo, M&S, Pita & Brew and Upper Crust. There are also several shops including duty-free shopping at World Duty Free. WHSmith has four stores located before and after security where can you purchase magazines, newspapers, stamps, confectionery, snacks and drinks. Other facilities include a multi-faith prayer room, luggage storage and a premium lounge for those who want to relax before their flight.

Ground Transport

Tyne and Wear Metro (referred locally as the Metro) is a rapid transit and light rail system covering 60 stations in North East England serving Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside and South Tyneside. There is a Metro station located at Newcastle Airport with trains departing every 12 minutes to Newcastle’s city centre (25 mins) and Sunderland (55 mins).

There are local buses departing near the airport building to various destinations. The following are the buses and their routes.

  • Bus 74 - (Hexham - Oakwood - Ponteland - Newcastle Airport - Kingston Park - Cowgate – Newcastle)
  • Bus 42A - (Kingston Park - Newcastle Airport – Killingworth - Freeman Hospital)
  • Bus X77, X78 and X79 - (Newcastle – Newcastle Airport - Ponteland)

If you prefer a taxi, there are taxis waiting directly in front of the arrivals area. Car rental companies at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, InterRent and National.

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