“ Newcastle Airport (IATA: NCL, ICAO: EGNT) is the ninth largest airport in the United Kingdom. It is located about 6 miles (11 km) from Newcastle city centre. „
Since I have lived in Newcastle for most of my life, this airport is the most popular choice when flying, especially as it's only a 15 minute journey from my house.
The airport is close to the city centre and is accessed by motorway thereby allowing people travelling by car to avoid the city centre. It can also be accessed via the Metro which takes visitors into the of the airport from any one of the North East's metro stations.
For passengers wanting to stay close by before departure, there are several hotels close to the airport but if travelling by Metro, it's worth remembering they are not really within walking distance especially with a large suitcase.
All of the car parks are located next to the airport terminal building so no long coach rides to factor into travelling times. The car parks do have cctv cameras and are deemed to be secure but the charges for the short stay car park are extortionate! I find that if I am collecting someone it's cheaper to drive round until the plane lands and actually on the motorway on the way to the airport there are always cars pulled into the stopping site for exactly this reason.
DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS...
Although the airport is one building, there are large signs outside the airport stating that one large revolving door is for arrivals and one for departures. Whichever one visitors chose they will find the right place just at separate sides of the building, and not like larger airports where there are different buildings and terminals.
INSIDE THE AIRPORT...
Once inside the airport there are plenty of information boards showing arrivals and departures and for the size of the airport the airport is large and airy and seems to have plenty of room for people to move trolleys and pull along luggage. I think there are lots of check in desks; in fact each time I have been to the airport I have never been in a great big queue waiting to check in. So, check in is simple, and then there is a small escalator ride to the next floor and departures. There are the usual security checks and again I have rarely encountered long queues and usually get through the security checks without a long wait.
BUYING EATING AND DRINKING...
Downstairs and close to arrivals there is a Greggs bakers which I suppose gives waiting visitors something to eat and drink, but mostly somewhere to sit whilst watching for the arrivals. There is also a coffee shop, a bar and a wh smith as well as atms dispensing Euros and Pounds. Once through and into departures, there are more shops including the obligatory Boots and over priced coffee bars and eateries.
The whole area is bright and open with large windows looking out onto the runways. Although there are lots of eating places, there aren't too many seats so if some big flights were delayed then I think there could be a lot of people sitting on the floor.
Whilst not the biggest airport, it does have flights to many places throughout the world although often for long haul flights I have had to get a connecting flight to Manchester or London. It is easily accessed, has plenty of efficient long term car parks and hotels close by, and all the amenities expected from an airport.
I have never had any problems flying from here so long may it continue!
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This fairly small airport has a suprising number of positives to its name. Firstly it's got a good number of European bound flights from companies such as easyjet, flybe and british airways. Secondly it's a child friendly aiport for families as there a games zone and great views of the planes taking off. Alternatively couples or adults might enjoy the three airport lounges for a bit of peace and quiet or the suprising number of shops on offer. The only down side to these are that despite being duty free there are still very expensive! There are some good little places to eat or grab a cup of coffee before flying too. Thirdly it's location is good. Whilst not in the centre of Newcastle, there's a cheap metro line into the centre that must take all of 15 minutes. Plus there's ample parking for those with cars and lots of taxis and buses that will pick you up too. There's also good space to be dropped off or picked up. Finally they have computer monitors that tell you how long until your gate opens, which means you can plan your time around this!
I attend university in nearby Durham, but live in Ireland. Needless to say I fly semi regularly from this airport and thought I would now let potential future passengers know about its pros and cons.
First and foremost, I will deal with location. Newcastle airport is situated, like most airports, a good distance outside of the city. There is however a fantastic metro system which for £2.90 will take you into Newcastle and give you free reign of the city's metro system for a while. The trains are very regular to accommodate the large number of people coming through the airport. Besides this there are bus links with the city, rent-a-car facilities and enough car parking space for somebody to come and collect you or drop you off.
With regards to the airport itself, it is very modern and has enough facilities to keep you entertained for the duration of your stay. The shopping complex is one of the largest I've seen in an airport of this size, but unfortunately the prices are, despite being duty-free, also amongst the highest. With regards to eating and drinking there is a lot of choice, but this choice is among the usual candidates such as McDonalds and Starbucks. Check in is hassle free and proceeding through security is an undaunting affair. One of the great things about Newcastle airport is that there are screens dotted around the airport telling you when your departure gate will actually open.
There are loads of domestic flights on offer, mostly from easyjet, and various destinations around Europe are available to. These range from the usual Rome and Paris destinations to some surprising destinations such as Poland and Malta.
All in all, any trip through this airport is a pleasant experience. Apart from high prices in all of the shops, there is nothing to fault it on.
Having flown from Newcastle International Airport a few times I wanted to write a review on the airport and it's facilities.
Newcastle International Airport is the North East's largest of the two airports that serve the region and has IATA 3 letter code of NCL. With many airlines flying to over 80 destinations worldwide to UK airports like Birmingham, Aberdeen, Bristol & London and to European destinations like France, Spain, Balearics, Norway & Germany plus direct longhaul flights to places like Dubai, Sanford Florida & Domincan Republic. Some of the worlds top airlines fly here including easyJet, Thomson Airways, Emirates, British Airways, Ryanair, TUIFly, Thomas Cook Airlines, Eastern Airways & Flybe.
The airport is located 20 minutes from the City Centre and is easilly accessable using various modes of transport. Passengers can take the train to Newcastle Central station which is a mainline station with local trains to other areas of the region and national routes to Scotland, Midlands, North West & London. Passengers can then take a 22 minute metro train from below the mainline station directly to the airport, the Metro (known as the Tyne & Wear Metro) has stations across Tyneside running every 5 minutes (approximately) including to the airport. There are also 2 bus routes which operate to the airport, route X77/X78/X79 which runs from Newcastle Eldon Square via the airport to Ponteland and route 101 which runs between Blyth via the airport to Kingston Park. You can take a taxi, all taxi companies will be able to take you there but ring around before for the best quote, theres a taxi rank located at the airport and fares are on a meter so its best to prebook with another operator, car parking is expensive at the airport and was recently voted somewhere in the middle of the charts for most expensive airport parking (neighbouring airport Durham Tees Valley was least expensive).
When you enter the airport through the main terminal doors you are met by various sales & information counters for the vast amount of airlines that serve Newcastle International, here you can get flight information, check availability & book flights, it's also the place to go to get help & advice when things go wrong from your airline. Opposite here you have two areas both linked together and this is where you will find all of the checkin counters, the counters are modern with large screens above with airline logos & flight details so you can easilly see if your at the correct desk for your flight, theres also a large black LED departure board which tells you the latest arrival & departure information including when flights have landed and when they are checking in, I have never had any problems checking in at the airport, tons of checkin counters & the airlines I have used from there before have had great checkin. Security & passport control is upstairs, there are lifts and escalators to take you up to the security check point. Security,as with checkin, is very fast I have never waited more than a few minutes to pass security at Newcastle and I have travelled during peak periods, the airport is very busy but I just don't seem to of waited long before for security.
Once you pass through security your in the departure lounge, the lounge area has been refurbished and has a fantastic range of bars, cafes, restaurants & shops, including top high street names like WH Smiths, Tie Rack, Traveler, Caffe Ritazza, Boots, Burger King, Greggs, Travelex, Claires, Dixons & JD Sports. You can have some fantastic savings on the High Street price, especially at Dixons, which is now an airport only retailer, part of the same group who owns Currys & PC World. You also have a brand new Duty Free shop ran by Biza, which has a fantastic large range of alcohol, cigarettes, perfumes & aftershaves plus a great range of gifts & confectionary.
In Arrivals you have a few baggage belts but these are small and it can get a bit crowded here at busy times, they really could do with extending this area, I believe theres 4 belts but don't hold me to that its bout 4 or 5 from what I remember and sirens sound (although may not do if the baggage handlers forget) when luggage is coming.
The airport is large and spacious, very clean usually and airy so its not too stuffy & obviously smoke free and has large windows in the departure loune so you can sit and watch the planes if you wish, thats a great way to keep the kids occupied whilst you sit and have a coffee from Ritazza, a pasty from Greggs and surf the internet in the Internet Lounge, either on their computers or using your laptop/PDA.
Overall I have never had a bad experience at Newcastle International Airport, it's a large spacious airport (apart from Baggage Reclaim) and has a wide range of shops and food outlets for use during your wait in departures, activities to keep kids entertained including the kids play area & arcade machines, plus plane spotting and great for grown ups too with great shops & fantastic bargains to be had in Duty Free & Dixons plus all your travel necessaties in WH Smiths & Boots (you can even use your Boots Advantage Card just like on the High Street). Can't say anything bad apart from the Baggage Reclaim area which is too small for the amount of flights that land at once at times.
This is not a fantastic airport but I am not complaining because it is great to have an airport as substantial as this in a city as small as Newcastle. There are a few low budget airlines that fly from Newcastle including EasyJet which runs a lot of routes from here which is very useful. To get to London at the moment it is cheaper to fly from here than to get the train.
The facilities at the airport are alright, there is a Starbucks, Greggs and WHSmiths before you go through security and the same afterwards with a few clothes shops and a tiny curry's. Though there aren't lots of things you don't need too many because ideally you don't need to spend too much time here.
The one problem with Newcastle is that it can sometimes take a long time to get through security and for this reason you probably need to arrive 90 minutes before your flight is due to take off. Despite this, this airport is a great asset to the north east and not an unpleasant experience.
Newcastle airport is a large airport that is one of the main hubs for airlines such as Ryanair, Easyjet and Flybe. There are more than 100 flights coming and going out of this airport every day, and from this airport, you can go almost anywhere in Europe. However, one of the main disadvantage is that there is hardly any long haul flights out of this airports, with the odd New York flight every now and again, but it is very rare. One thing that is starting to happen is flights to the United Arab Emirates, which is becoming more of a regualar thing
It has only one terminal, with only one main runway, and once your have gotten their into the departures lunge, there is a huge window all across the lenght where you can watch the planes landing and taking off. The check in termianl is quite big, and not too far away from the main doors, so you havent got long to walk. There are stairs, lifts and escelators so that you dont have to lift your luggage up to the security points, which also are that long, so in all this is a brilliant airport that is always expanding and hopefully will get some routes that take you a little further across the world.
Newcastle has grown in recent years into a sizeable international airport. It now serves a reasonable number of holiday destinations by chartered flights including all the major Spanish resorts and others like Florida, Cyprus, Italy (Naples), Turkey and a new service to Dubrovnik in Croatia. I have used it recently for a flight to Brussels with Sabena.
Now I am not saying I am the worlds most travelled person but I have been through a number of different airports in my time. Frankly there is little to choose between any of them. They all feel like, well, airports. They are usually hugely buildings which are like aeroplane hangers with carpoets and a few seats. The people in charge may put in the odd Costa Coffee bar or Burger King but the over all ambience is still distinctly airport.
Newcastle airport makes a pleasant change. OK you still know it is an airport but the shops, cafes and restaurants. In particular praise must go to Cushie Butterfields which was as good a pub as you would wish to find. The Food area is also refreshingly different offering Italian fare at Latinos, pizzas and pasta. It also has Sharwoods Taste of Asia with lots of curries and spicy dishes, The Deli with reasonably priced good sandwiches and Baxters Soup well I will leave you to guess what they serve here. Beyond the gate is Into The Blue another bar area.
There is also a well stocked Boots the chemists and W H Smith and the ubiquitous Costa Coffee Bars but it is the feel of the place that is different. Parking is easy for relatively short stays and no more expensive than for example Manchester. The airport is easily reached by car off the A1 and public transport also calls via the Metro link. Generally I found the airport ran well, check in was good, there were no queues at any of the passport or security areas. In this respect it was much better than Manchester which always seems not to have the space to cope with the capacity it has travelling through it.
All in all I was very impressed with Newcastle airport and for those living in the North East I would suggest there is no reason to look beyond your local airport.
Newcastle International Airport is situated just north of Newcastle and it has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The airport started life on July 26th 1935, with a grass runway, a club house, a hanger, workshops, an ambulance room, a hose for petrol and a garage; the initial cost of all this was £35,000. Over the years the airport was extended and improved, in 2000 it under went a major revamp and passenger numbers have now reached 3.3 million. The airport is not large having only one terminal, however there are two check in halls, one caters for charter flights and the other schedule and domestic flights. Both check in halls are bright, large and clean with an abundance of luggage trolleys and an obvious presence of security guards and airport staff; you have facilities for changing money, there is a Tourist Information desk, a branch of W.H.Smith and a branch of Costa Coffee. The national car hire operators Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Thrifty all operate from the passenger terminal and arrangements can be made to collect or leave hired cars at the Airport. The second floor of the building, reached by stairs, lift or escalator, has a large lounge with ample seating, branches of W.H.Smith, Boots and a manicure parlour. Refreshments are provided by Costa Coffee, a fast food outlet, two restaurants one of which is Latinos (serving Italian food), Baxters (serving mugs of soup) and the continental style Café Rapide. Entrance to the departure lounge is on this level. Again the departure lounge is large and bright with ceiling to floor windows along the full length of one wall looking out over the runways and tarmac. Here we find another branch of W.H.Smith, Boots, the Duty Free Shop, Latinos, Costa Coffee and a bar called Cushie Butterfields. Seating is plentiful and spacious although most seats have arm rests so if you have a long flight delay there are not many seats you can lie across. The large baggage collecti
on lounge has ample public phones, seats and public toilets. On the whole I have found baggage collection to be quite speedy at Newcastle. There are plenty of TV screens and information boards keeping you up to date with flight arrivals, departures and delays throughout the Airport. Public telephones and public toilets are located throughout the building; for parents there are nursing and baby changing rooms supported by a bottle warm heating service at the cafes. Newcastle Airport also provides an extensive passenger charter flight services to all the popular short haul holiday destinations and some long haul destinations and charter flight freight service to destinations all over the world. A sixteen-acre freight village at the airport is the base for three handling agents and twelve forwarding agents, providing a comprehensive service to importers and exporters. Newcastle Airport Worldwide Destinations: Andorra, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Isles, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Madeira, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, USA, Canary Islands, Tunisia and Turkey. The Airport provides both long stay and short stay car parks. You have to pre book for the long stay car park (at least one working day before departure), the cost is £3.80 per day and you have to book a minimum of three days; free transport is provided for all passengers and their luggage from the long stay car park to the terminal. Short stay parking for three hundred cars is provided directly outside the terminal building, to get into the car park you collect a ticket from the machine at the barrier, before returning to your car insert the ticket into one of the numerous parking fee machines found around the terminal building and in the car park, the machine will indicate the parking fee and once you insert the money your ticket is indented to allow you to insert it in t
he barrier and drive out of the car park. The first fifteen minutes are free in the short stay car park, it costs £1 from fifteen to thirty minutes and then the price goes up by 30p every fifteen minutes. The metro runs to Newcastle Airport and the station can be found just outside the terminal, the journey time from Newcastle Central Station is approximately twenty-five minutes and costs around £1.40. In front of the terminal there is a stand for Newcastle Taxis and uniformed drivers meet all inbound flights. Newcastle Airport has changed dramatically over the last few years and now EasyJet have secured a base at Newcastle low cost no frills flights to Alicante, Barcelona and Belfast will be available from April 2003 and flights to Paris, Prague and Bristol from August 2003, although you are able to book your flights now on the internet – my husband and son have booked return flights to Prague in August including airport taxes for £50 per person and my other son has booked a return flight to Barcelona in June for £40 per person again including taxes. Ryanair are due to start a daily service to Dublin on the 4th of January 2003. Useful Telephone Numbers/websites; www.ryanair.com www.easyjet.com Newcastle Airport General Information 0191 286 0966 Air France 0845 0845 111 Braathens 0191 214 0991 British Airways 0845 773 3377 KLM UK 08705 074 074 Airport Freight Manager 0191 214 3218
Newcastle International Airport is located just south of the City near Ponteland and until a couple of years ago it wasn’t much to write home about, however after a major revamp it ensures a pleasant start to your holiday or business trip. There are two check in halls, one caters for charter flights and the other schedule and domestic flights, the check in halls are bright, large and clean with an abundance of luggage trolleys; there is a Tourist Information desk, a branch of W.H.Smith, a branch of Costa Coffee, a fast food outlet and an obvious presence of security guards and airport staff. The national car hire operators Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Thrifty all operate from the passenger terminal and arrangements can be made to collect or leave hired cars at the Airport. On the second floor of the building, which is reached by stairs, lift or escalator, there is a large lounge with ample seating, branches of W.H.Smith, Boots and a manicure parlour. Refreshments are provided by Costa Coffee, a fast food outlet, two restaurants one of which is Latinos (serving Italian food), Baxters (serving mugs of soup) and the continental style Café Rapide. Entrance to the departure lounge can also be found on this level. Again the departure lounge is large and bright with ceiling to floor windows along the full length of one wall looking out over the runways and tarmac. Here we find another branch of W.H.Smith, Boots, the Duty Free Shop, Latinos, Costa Coffee and a bar called Cushie Butterfields. Seating is plentiful and spacious although most seats have arm rests so if you have a long flight delay there are not many seats you can lie across. The baggage collection lounge is large and there are public phones, seats and public toilets. On the whole I have found baggage collection to be quite speedy at Newcastle. I live a thirty-five minute drive from the Airport so I normally phone home as soon as I reach baggage collection to tell
whoever is collecting me that I have landed and by the time I collect my luggage and get to the main doors of the Airport I have about a five minute wait for my lift to arrive. There are plenty of TV screens and information boards keeping you up to date with flight arrivals, departures and delays throughout the Airport. Public telephones and public toilets are located throughout the building; for parents there are nursing and baby changing rooms supported by a bottle warm heating service at the cafes. Dailey schedule domestic flights are available to: Aberdeen (British Airways five flights) Belfast (BA four flights) Birmingham (BA four flights) Bristol (BA three flights) Cardiff (BA one flight) Gatwick (BA five flights) Heathrow (BA six flights) Stansted (Go three flights) Southampton (BA two flights) The Airport also has daily schedule international flights to: Amsterdam Schiphol (KLM five flights) Brussels (Sabena four flights) Cork (BA one flight) Dublin (BA three flights) Dusseldorf (Lufthansa one flight) Oslo (BA one flight) Paris Charles de Gaulle (Air France three flights) Stavanger (Braathens two flights) There are also once a week scheduled flights to: Alicante, Malaga, Palma, Faro, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Paphos, Larnaca, Guernsey and Jersey. Newcastle Airport also provides an extensive passenger charter flight services to all the popular short haul holiday destinations and some long haul destinations and charter flight freight service to destinations all over the world. A sixteen-acre freight village at the airport is the base for three handling agents and twelve forwarding agents, providing a comprehensive service to importers and exporters. The Airport provides both long stay and short stay car parks. You must pre book for the long stay car park (at least one working day before departure), the cost is £3.80 per d
ay and you have to book a minimum of three days; free transport is provided for all passengers and their luggage from the long stay car par to the terminal. Short stay parking for three hundred cars is provided directly outside the terminal building, to get into the car park you collect a ticket from the machine at the barrier, before returning to your car insert the ticket into one of the numerous parking fee machines found around the terminal building and in the car park, the machine will indicate the parking fee and once you insert the money your ticket is indented to allow you to insert it in the barrier and drive out of the car park. The first fifteen minutes are free in the short stay car park, it costs £1 from fifteen to thirty minutes and then the price goes up by 30p every fifteen minutes. The metro runs to Newcastle Airport and the station can be found inside the terminal between the two check in halls. Outside the terminal there is a stand for Newcastle Taxis and uniformed drivers meet all inbound flights. It is possible to book the Airport shuttle service that provides convenient, safe and professional transfers to and from your home at a reasonable cost. Newcastle Airport has changed dramatically over the last few years but there is room for further improvement, the only “no-frills” operator to fly from Newcastle is Go, to turn a good airport into a great airport more must be done to attract a greater number of operators but Newcastle Airport remains the best choice between Manchester and Glasgow. Useful Telephone Numbers; Newcastle Airport General Information 0191 286 0966 Air France 0845 0845 111 Braathens 0191 214 0991 British Airways 0845 773 3377 KLM UK 08705 074 074 Airport Freight Manager 0191 214 3218
In all honesty, if I'd rated Newcastle Airport at the end of 1999 I'd have given it no more than two stars. However, since that time the place has improved-in my eyes at least-beyond all recognition. Time was when Newcastle Airport was a shabby little place with a brance of W.H. Smiths and very little else besides. About the only thing to recommend it was the efficient link to Newcastle city centre provided by the Tyne & Wear Metro(an excellent method of travel that costs one pound seventy pence and takes around twenty-five minutes from Newcastle Central Station). The parking was expensive ,and from my parents experience with a company called Callerton Parking(who damaged their car and then denied all responsibility in the rudest manner possible), I didn't have any confidence in the nearby long-stay parking facilities. On coming back from a year in the Far East last November, I was extremely impressed with the improvements. In the place of the shabby little arrivals and departures lounges with their overpriced snack bars stood a gleaming new arrivals area with two branches of Costa Coffee, a new bar called "Cushie Butterfields"-not a bad effort for an airport pub-and several restaurants such as Latinos(Italian), Baxters(soup) and the continental style Cafe Rapide. In addition, from being an airport I mainly associated with horrible package flights to lager lout resorts, they had started to add flights to places such as Oslo, Lyon and Cork. With Sabena taking you to Prague via Brussels and the local carrier Gill Airways operating shuttle flights to Paris Charles De Gaulle on behalf of Air France I actually felt that Newcastle was becoming a true gateway to the world. Newcastle Airport is by no means perfect-none of the "no-frills" operators fly from here(Ryanair fly to Dublin from Teeside)- and when the Metro isn't running(the first trains to the airport from my home don't start until after 7am) it's
a very expensive taxi ride away.However, it's still far and away the best airport between Manchester and Scotland. There's a lot of room for improvement but at least they're on the right track.