Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Airport Expansion Bid Could Create over 2,000 New Jobs; Benefits to Region Could Total PS1.3bn

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Airport Expansion Bid Could Create over 2,000 New Jobs; Benefits to Region Could Total PS1.3bn

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AMBITIOUS plans to expand Newcastle International Airport which could see over 2,000 new jobs created over the next decade have been revealed today.

And bosses hope if successful it will more than double its worth to the regional economy to PS1.3bn by 2030.

While advances in aircraft technology mean runway expansion is now no longer needed, the plans will still see extensive development around the site, with the potential for the terminal to be increased, more car parking space added and further work done to turn nearby land into office and factory space.

Passenger numbers are expected to rise from more than four million in 2012 to eight and a half million journeys by 2030, with around 87,000 aircraft arriving and departing by then.

Airport bosses say that advances in plane construction should mean noise levels never rise above those experienced in 1993, even as the hub attracts large aircraft. Although the changes are set for existing airport land, ongoing green belt changes planned by Newcastle Council could see some additional airport expansion after 2030.

A consultation about to start on the masterplan will see airport bosses admit it has to take account of a controversial bypass city council chiefs say will be needed for new green belt housing.

If plans for a road linking the A1 through the west of the city's countryside land to join up with the A69 go ahead it raises the potential for new business parks on space either side of it through the airport site.

But, with this development only a possibility after 2030, airport bosses say they are fully focused on growing the business.

Airport chief executive Dave Laws said: "Our aim is to be the UK's most welcoming airport. As part of this aim we want to provide an improved airport, to encourage new routes and attract new customers.

To do this we need to develop additional infrastructure, such as improvements to the terminal, better car parking and access, and the development of the Southside, which will help diversify the airport business and secure new income sources. …

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