Airport masterplan to support up to 27,800 North East jobs
Newcastle International Airport has published its ‘Masterplan 2035’ setting out plans to support up to 27,800 jobs throughout the region.
Setting out the airport’s goals between now and 2035, the masterplan aims to allow the airport to compete in the global aviation marketplace, as well as deliver economic benefits to the North East, surrounding regions and the rest of the country.
The masterplan focuses on improvements in aircraft and safeguarding a possible runway extension, as well as the airport’s new inbound tourism strategy, which will target thousands of extra tourists from across Europe and across the world.
With the implementation of the masterplan, it is estimated that the airport, which is the largest in the North East, will increase its contribution to GVA up to £2.03bn.
Nick Jones, chief executive officer at Newcastle International Airport, commented: “The airport is a global and regional gateway, therefore the connectivity that we provide is absolutely vital.
“This is why the Masterplan is so important, and I hope that it will enhance the experience of the millions of passengers who will continue to use the North East’s largest airport for many years to come.”
David Rees, co-head of asset management for airport shareholder AMP Capital, added: “We welcome the publication of the Masterplan, which demonstrates Newcastle Airport’s ambitious plans for continued growth and improvement, taking into account the views of the community it serves.
“We are confident that the airport’s masterplan will benefit the North East region in terms of jobs and economic contribution, as well as expanding and improving the services offered to customers at the airport.”
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