The Newcastle International Airport is located in Newcastle upon Tyne and has been in operation since 1935. It is the 11th busiest international airport in the United Kingdom and the third largest in Northern England. The airport has been subjected to several developments in the last decade and in 2013 major expansion plans have been designed for the airport. Further developments in the airport will show an improved infrastructure, additional parking spaces and extensions to the existing terminal. By 2016, the airport would be prepared to handle about 10 million passengers per year. The airport majorly serves the areas of Newcastle, Northumberland and Wearside. Domestic passengers travelling from London, Belfast, Bristol and Southampton to Newcastle use the airport frequently.
The airport has a single passenger terminal equipped with a departure counter and a long line of shops and restaurants. Other important facilities of the airport include tourist information centre, cash points, internet kiosks and bureaux de change. For infants there are baby changing rooms and a game room for young children. There is also a 24 hour prayer room in the main terminal building. There are three luxury lounges in the Newcastle airport, The Cheviot Lounge, The BA executive Lounge and The Flybe Lounge. The lounges offer a wide range of complimentary drinks and snacks, free wireless connectivity and comfortable seating areas. For passengers travelling with infants and for passengers with special needs the airport offers ample facilities.
The airport is located 6 miles away from the centre of the city. Coaches and trains connect the city to the airport. The Metro station is located close to the main terminal and trains from the station to the city centre run at a frequency of 20 minutes. The National Express coach connects the airport to Newscastle, Leeds and Manchester. Buses can be availed from the main terminal to the city centre and to Gateshead and Blyth. Taxi services and car hire services are also available at the airport. Taxis are the hassle free way of connecting from the airport to the city. If you choose to drive to the airport there is the express car park located directly opposite to the main terminal building. Both long stay and short term parking are available at the airport for very cheap prices.
For all last minute shopping places there are few small clothing and fashion outlets. There is also a duty free section which sells alcohol, cosmetics, fashion accessories and confectionery. In addition to the travel stores and chemists, there is also a WHSmith store for passenger convenience. For refreshment, the Newcastle airport lodges big brands like Starbucks, Burger King, Cafe Ritazza, Caviar House and the Eagle Bar. While these restaurants offer fine dining there are also few smaller bars and snack stalls in the airport.
While travelling during late hours or when you have to take an early flight it is better to stay as close as possible to the airport. The Newscastle airport has two hotels; The Britannia Airport Hotel and the DoubleTree within its premises. In addition, The Novotel and The Premier Inn are also located very close to the airport.