Newcastle Airport Information (NCL)
Situated just over six miles northeast of the city centre, Newcastle International Airport is one of the country’s oldest airports, having been open since 1935. While not the busiest airport in England, it still sees annual passenger figures in excess of three million and provides an essential gateway to the far northeast of the country. A single terminal handles flights to national, EU and transatlantic destinations.
Newcastle International Airport offers a good selection of business facilities, with two business lounges in the Departures area offering telephone and fax facilities, and a dedicated business centre on the first floor, with a more comprehensive selection of amenities and services. There are a total of three bureau de change counters on hand, while ATMs can be found in various places in both Arrivals and Departures. Lost property and left luggage counters are available as well as baby-changing rooms, a children’s play area and a prayer room. Postal services are also on hand.
Ground transportation between the airport and the city is excellent and includes bus services that connect with Eldon Square Bus Concourse, which run at 20-minute intervals throughout the day. The city’s Metro system also provides a connection between the airport and Newcastle Central Station and Gateshead, with services operating at intervals of only seven minutes during the day. Meanwhile, taxis can be found outside of Arrivals and are ideal for passengers seeking door-to-door travel.
Address: Woolsington, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 8BZ, UK
Tel: +44 871 882 1121
Business, VIP & Wifi
The airport serves the needs of the business community with the provision of specific areas in which laptop users can access Wifi internet connections. Private business facilities are also on hand.
Business centres: the terminal offers a dedicated business centre that offers a comprehensive range of facilities, while the Cheviot Executive Lounge and the British Airways Lounge also offer some basic communication services.
Meeting rooms: there are no meeting or conference rooms available at the airport.
VIP: holders of appropriate airline privilege cards can gain complimentary access to the Cheviot Executive Lounge, while holders of BA full-fare tickets, Premier, Gold or Silver Executive Club cards, or relevant associated cards can gain access to the British Airways Lounge.
Internet: besides Wifi access, the airport offers eight internet desks with broadband access as well as desks for laptop users that support modem internet connections.
With over three million passengers flying into and out of Newcastle International Airport every year, it’s safe to assume that a reasonable proportion of these people are visitors seeking to do some independent travel in the Newcastle and Tyneside area. The airport caters for these passengers by offering a total of six car rental agencies, which are listed below.
Arriving passengers will find car hire franchise desks situated opposite the Domestic Arrivals gate. While arranging car hire on arrival is a perfectly viable option, pre-booking gives better rates and a greater guarantee of securing the vehicle of your choice. Hire on arrival and pre-booking options are available from Avis, Car Hire Centre, Europcar, Hertz, National and Executive Link
Babies: baby-changing rooms can be found in various parts of the terminal for parents travelling with babies. Boots is on hand for essential purchases such as nappies, powder and formula.
Children: a children’s play area is on hand, although it is unsupervised, so parents will need to accompany their children for the duration of their stay. For older children, the GameGrid arcade is packed full of all the latest video games and slot machines.
Mothers: baby-changing rooms make life easier for travelling mothers, while the Food Village is also helpful in providing high chairs for babies and small children. A branch of WH Smith sells comics and other children’s publications, which can take the heat off parents needing to keep their kids occupied during long waiting periods.
The following destinations are currently serviced by schedule or charter flights on a regular or seasonal basis.
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From the north: take the A1 or the A697 until it joins with the A1 south. Continue until you meet the A696 junction, at which point take a right onto the A1 Newcastle bypass. Follow the road in a northwesterly direction for approximately two miles until you reach the airport, which will be on your right hand side.
From the south: take the London to Edinburgh A1 highway as far as the A696 junction, at which point take a left onto the A1 Newcastle bypass. Follow the road in a northwesterly direction for approximately two miles until you reach the airport on your right hand side.
From the east: from the South Shields area, take the A194, A184 and the A167 west, bypassing Newcastle to the north. At the main A1 junction, cross over onto the A696 northwest and follow the road until you reach the airport, which will be on the right hand side.
From the west: from Carlisle, take the A69 towards Newcastle. Before reaching the city, head north and take a left turn onto the B6323. Follow the airport signs before taking another left turn onto the A696 and then a right turn into the airport grounds.
Newcastle International Airport has a good selection of facilities to offer its three million-plus annual passengers and it amply meets expectations for financial amenities, lounges, restaurants and shopping outlets. Business facilities are excellent and Wifi access is available throughout the terminal to anyone with a laptop computer.
Money: ATMs can be found in a variety of locations through the airport, while two airport-operated bureau de change counters can be found on the ground floor and a third operated by Callers Pegasus is on hand in Arrivals. A Natwest bank is located adjacent to the Domestic Arrivals gate. Online banking can be done via laptop using the airport’s Wifi connection.
Services: postal services can be found in the Departures area of the terminal, while other services include prayer and baby-changing rooms and play area for children. Left luggage and lost properties counters are also on hand.
Smoking: Newcastle International Airport has designated smoking areas and passengers wishing to smoke should be conscious of adhering to these areas, since it is an offence to smoke in all enclosed public areas other than those specifically set aside for the purpose according to UK law.
Newcastle Airport is served by a variety of quality accommodation establishments, with both on-site airport hotels and others within easy driving distances. Those located off-site invariably offer free shuttle transfers. Standards of Newcastle’s airport hotels are high, with the majority boasting ratings of three stars or more.
Britannia Hotel (three star)
Located within walking distance of the airport terminal, the Britannia Hotel is a modern establishment with rooms offering en-suite bathroom, colour TV, telephone, radio, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. A bar and full service restaurant are available as well as transfers from the airport. Breakfast is not included in the price of the room.
Check in: 12:00. Check out: 11:00 More details and reservation online
Holiday Inn Newcastle (four star)
Situated approximately six miles from the airport, the Holiday Inn offers all the services and facilities that this international chain is renowned for. Rooms all come with en-suite and include colour TV with satellite channels, radio, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel’s facilities include a swimming pool, spa, sauna and gym as well as free parking. Transfers from the airport are available and breakfast is not included in the price of the room.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online
Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park (four star)
Located just a short distance from the airport and close to the Newcastle Racecourse, rooms here offer air conditioning, a safe, direct dial telephone, mini bar, television and tea and coffee making facilities. Non smoking and interconnecting rooms are available. The hotel’s facilities include an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, solarium and a gymnasium. Transfers from the airport are available.
Check in: 12:00. Check out: 11:00 More details and reservation online
Novotel Newcastle (four star)
Located just over two miles from the airport at the A1(M) and the A696 junction, this modern hotel offers a bar and a restaurant in addition to leisure facilities, which include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and a fully-equipped gymnasium. All rooms feature en-suite bathroom, colour television with satellite, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. Transfers from the airport are available and breakfast is included in the price of the room.
Check in: 14:00. Check out: 12:00 More details and reservation online
A variety of highly qualified staff are on hand at the airport to assist passengers with travel procedures. Information counter staff, security guards and porters are all available to provide friendly service. The airport information desk can be found on the ground floor of the terminal.
Parking facilities at Newcastle International Airport are ample, with options available for driver wishing to park for both short and long periods as well as for those wishing to leave their cars briefly in order to collect arriving passengers or to drop off departing passengers. The needs of disabled drivers are also addressed in all of the car parks.
Short term: drivers will find a facility suitable for parking their vehicles for short periods situated in front of the terminal building. Prices are charged by the hour following the first 30-minute period.
Long term: drivers wishing to park their vehicles for periods over four days can make use of the long-stay parking facility, which is situated away from the terminal. Under 24-hour surveillance, the car park is connected with the terminal by a free shuttle bus service. Parking is available on arrival, but pre-booking is recommended in order to guarantee a space and secure cheaper rates.
Drop off and valet: a drop-off parking facility is conveniently located within a short and walkable distance of the terminal and is designed primarily for drivers dropping off or collecting passengers, although drivers wishing to stay for longer periods are permitted to do so.
Special needs: conveniently situated spaces for disabled drivers are located in all of the car parks at Newcastle International Airport. A valid disabled persons’ badge or equivalent international identification is required in order to use these spaces. Porter assistance is available on request by calling
Shops & Eating
Restaurants and bars: Newcastle International Airport offers a good selection of outlets serving food and beverages, with a varied choice of fare available. Besides the Food Court, there are popular names such as Costa Coffee and Burger King as well as the regional favourite, Greggs bakery. Several bars are on hand as well as a Café Ritazza and a Café Pronto.
Convenience items: Boots and WH Smith are the best places to head for general convenience or last minute purchases, while shops such as Tie Rack and Traveller carry more specific travel goods, which passengers may find themselves with a need for.
Duty free shopping: the Alpha Department Store and the Tax and Duty Free Shop in the Departure Lounge both offer duty-free goods. An extensive selection of products is available between the two shops and includes perfume, designer clothing and accessories, gifts and electrical good and tobacco and alcohol.
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Newcastle International Airport conforms to standards set by the European Union for mobility assistance, with access for wheelchair users available throughout all public areas of the airport. Disabled parking spaces are available as well as an induction loop system, specially designed toilets and telephones, and boarding assistance on request.
Careful consideration has been given to the needs of wheelchair users in the design and layout of the airport’s interior, allowing for complete access to all raised and lowered areas via the use of ramps and lifts. Restrooms designed specifically for accommodating wheelchairs can be found throughout the terminal. Low level telephones for wheelchair users are also on hand. Disabled passengers with special requests should inform their specific airline prior to their arrival at the airport or call the airport.
Passengers with hearing impairments can make use of the airport’s induction loop system, which allows them to keep up-to-date with important flight-related announcements. The airport normally employs at least one information desk employee who is capable of conversing in sign language.
For blind passengers, the airport permits guide dogs to enter the terminal building and airlines generally permit them to accompany passengers on flights by prior arrangement. However, both airport and airline should be contacted and informed prior to your arrival at the airport.
Straddling the hugely significant River Tyne, Newcastle is among Britain’s favourite short break destinations and it is famous for its thriving nightlife. With a highly successful football team, the nearby Gateshead shopping centre and the neighbouring coastal resorts of South Shields and Whitley Bay, it isn’t difficult to see what Newcastle has to offer both its resident and visitor population.
• Graingertown is the city’s classic Victorian section, which nowadays offers a cosmopolitan ambience owing to its modern shops, bars and restaurants.
• The Gateshead Millennium Bridge stands majestically above the city and lists among Newcastle’s most famous landmarks.
• The Theatre Royal lists among the country’s finest venues for theatrical performances and is the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
• The Laing Art Gallery and Newcastle Hancock Museum both display works by some of Europe’s finest modern artists, with frequently changing exhibitions.
• Newcastle’s Chinatown is one of England’s finest pockets of Oriental life and it mimics the east with its traditional street markets, busy food stalls and authentic Chinese restaurants.
Eating and shopping: the Gateshead Metro Centre is just a short distance from the city and it offers over 300 retail outlets and leisure attractions as well as more than 50 cafés and restaurants. The centre is the premier shopping and entertainment complex in the Newcastle area. Restaurants are plentiful throughout the city, with Chinatown offering the best in oriental cuisine and other areas offering Indian, French, Italian and Spanish establishments as well as traditional English menus.
Day trips and tours: Whitley Bay is within reasonable driving distance of Newcastle and is the ideal place to head for a daytrip or an overnight break. Along with Tynemouth, Cullercoats, North Shields and Wallsend, Whitley Bay comprises the borough of North Tyneside and offers a variety of traditional accommodation located close to the scenic coastline. Popular attractions in the North Tyneside area include Hadrian’s Wall and Northumberland National Park.
Closer to home is Castle Leazes, a magnificent structure located in the corner of the pretty Leases Park. Tours of the castle are available, while perusing the gardens afterwards can be done entirely at your own leisure.
Newcastle International Airport handles in excess of three million passengers per year and is the primary air facility serving the northeast of England. The airport’s single terminal handles both flight arrivals and departures, with both domestic and international destinations covered.
Terminal 1: handles all flights, with the halls for Arrivals and Departures located in the same building. A total of 25 airlines operate flights from the terminal.
Terminal 2: handles arrivals and departures from mainly small airlines that operate flights to transatlantic and continental destinations. Some major airlines such as US Airways and Virgin Atlantic also operate from this terminal. Check-in desks can be found on the first level of the building.
Terminal 3: handles arrivals and departures from a mix of airlines which operate flights to both national and international cities. Terminal 3 was built to accommodate the overspill from terminals 1 and 2.
Ground links with the city and beyond are well established, reliable and regular, with public buses and the Metro rail service providing the cheapest options. Taxis are on hand to provide door-to-door transport, while passengers wishing to splash out and travel in style can book chauffeur driven limousines.
Rail and metro: Newcastle International Airport is not served by its own train station; however, the Metro line station is a rapid light rail service that connects the airport with the city centre at frequent intervals throughout the day. From Newcastle Central Station, there are connections to a host of major UK cities.
Shuttles and buses: regular bus services connect the airport with Newcastle city centre, Gateshead Metro Centre and Blyth. At peak times, services operate at 20-minute intervals. National Express operates coach services to Newcastle and a large number of other significant UK destinations.
Taxi and limo: a booking desk operated by the Airport Taxi Association is located in the Arrivals Hall of the terminal and it is the best place to head if you require a taxi to the city. Cabs pick up from outside the Arrivals hall and can be pre-booked by calling. Parkers Execulink offer a chauffeur driven limousine service to Newcastle destinations and can be booked at the desk located within the terminal.