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Newcastle's new departure lounge officially opened by UK's Aviation Minister

The new £14 million departure lounge at Newcastle International Airport has been hailed as the latest UK regional airport success story by Aviation Minister, Robert Goodwill.

The Minister of State for Transport today officially opened the new lounge that the airport claims will transform its facilities for departing passengers.

Goodwill, who also viewed the airport’s winter resilience operation plans during his visit, said: "Newcastle Airport is a shining example of how our regional airports lead the way with their service and range of destinations.

"The new departure lounge underlines Newcastle Airport’s importance as an engine of growth for the north-east and the Northern Powerhouse.

"We are committed to supporting regional airports in their ambitions, with £20 million funding for new domestic and international routes across the UK."dbc877b7-9c44-4cdc-a31c-f15850ef8845

The new facilities are the latest boost for the north-east’s biggest airport which handled over 4.5 million passengers last year and contributes an estimated £646 million a year to the regional economy.

In November 2015, the government announced that a new flight connecting Newcastle Airport and Norwich would be one of the new domestic and international routes receiving a portion of a £7 million investment through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.

The flights will begin in 2016.

Newcastle airport currently serves over 70 destinations improving connectivity across the UK and offering international links for tourists and businesses including to New York and Dubai.

David Laws, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport, noted: "I am delighted the minister has officially opened our new departure lounge. Our passengers’ journeys, whether business or pleasure, begin right here at the airport and it’s vital we give them the best possible experience."


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