Newcastle airport produces new draft master plan for increasing number of leisure passengers
Newcastle Airport published a master plan in 1994, and another in 2003. That predicted by 2030 it might have 9 million passengers. There is now another draft master plan, out for consultation until 31st October, which anticipates perhaps 8.5 million passengers by 2030 (DfT forecasts around 6.3 million). They want to grow passenger numbers from the 4.4 million by 2030 and increase aircraft movements from 62,200 to up to 87,500 – making it one of the top 10 biggest airports in the UK. There are the usual predictions of more jobs (they say the airport now “supports” (vague term) 7,800 jobs across the region and by 2030 this will rise to 10,000. The airport hopes to develop 2 business parks on land south of the runway – one to extend existing aviation-related activities such as freight, and a new site for offices. They say these have the potential to deliver “thousands more” jobs. The airport says it contributed £646m to the regional economy in 2012, and by 2030 it is estimated that this figure will “more than double.” In 2005 some 22% of passengers were on business; by the 2009 CAA air passenger survey, it was only 20% on business. ie. 80% of passengers are leisure, contributing to taking their holiday money out of the UK. There is no longer any plan for a runway extension.
Overview of the draft master plan, from Newcastle Airport:
Welcome to Newcastle Airport’s masterplan for 2030. We have published two earlier masterplan documents, in 1994 and 2003. This third masterplan is currently in its draft stage, and outlines possible development requirements up to 2030 so that our neighbours and other stakeholders understand how the airport might change. Using the links on this page you can view or download the full masterplan document and the masterplan summary leaflet.
You can also find out how to let us know your views in the public consultation, which runs until 31st October 2013.
Newcastle International Airport has been serving the people of the North East for more than 75 years. In 2012 we helped enable 4.4 million passengers fly to destinations all over the world. With a catchment area stretching from the Scottish Borders to Cumbria and North Yorkshire, Newcastle International is among the largest regional airports in the UK. The masterplan outlines the airport’s development up to 2030 and the economic and social impact it has in the North East. Currently the airport supports 7,800 jobs across the region and by 2030 this will rise to 10,000. The airport delivered £646 million to the regional economy in 2012, and by 2030 it is estimated that this figure will grow substantially to up to £1.3 billion.
Public consultation To provide feedback, or if you have any specific queries please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at: Masterplan Team Newcastle International Airport Woolsington Newcastle upon Tyne NE13 8BZ
Newcastle Airport – only 20% of passengers are on business in 2009 survey
In 2005 Heathrow had 35.1% business passengers; Gatwick had 17.4% business; Stansted had 18.4% business; Manchester 19.4%; Luton 19.6%; Edinburgh 43.3% ; Glasgow 30.3%; and in 2005 Newcastle had 22% business passengers. ie. 78% leisure, with people on holiday or visiting friends and family, most taking their spending money out of the UK.
The 2005 CAA air passenger survey is at http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/81/2005CAAPaxSurveyReport.pdf
The proportion of business passengers was 20% in the 2009 Air Passenger Survey. ie. 80% leisure.
Full 2009 Air Passenger Survey at http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/81/2009CAAPaxSurveyReport.pdf
Newcastle Airport unveils take-off plans
25th July 2013 (Northern Echo) By Andy Richardson
NEWCASTLE International Airport will create more than 2,000 jobs and double passenger numbers by 2030 if a bold masterplan gets the go ahead. Buoyed by a flurry of positive economic indicators, including today’s 0.6 per cent GDP hike, airport chiefs have laid out their vision to make Newcastle International an even more important asset to the regional economy. They want to grow passenger numbers from 4.4 million to up to 8.5 million by 2030 and increase aircraft movements from 62,200 to up to 87,500 – making it one of the top 10 biggest airports in the UK.
The masterplan shows how possible development requirements might look, including extensions to the terminal, additional aircraft and car parking and improved access, alongside the creation of a new business park facilities.
It also outlines the airport’s major economic impact and its important role in supporting jobs and exports. Currently the airport supports 7,800 jobs across the region and by 2030 this will rise to up to 10,000.
The development of two business parks on land south of the runway – one to extend existing aviation-related activities such as freight, and a new site for offices – have the potential to deliver thousands more, bosses said. The airport contributed £646m to the regional economy in 2012, and by 2030 it is estimated that this figure will more than double.
Dave Laws, the airport’s chief executive, 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.
“We want to help our neighbours and the wider North-East region understand how the airport will grow in the future. We also want to demonstrate that we have carefully considered the local impacts our plans could have, including on the community, the environment and local roads.
“We’ve launched a consultation process in order to hear everyone’s view on our plans, and once all the responses have been reviewed we will consider whether any changes need to be made.”
James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: ““With such outstanding performance in export markets, connectivity by air is of crucial importance to regional business.
“The North East Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the efforts of the airport to grow passenger and freight volumes, and deliver new routes.
“This new masterplan is a bold vision for how the airport could look in 2030, and what the scale of the benefits of this investment could be to the North East economy could be.
“The team at the airport have set out the facilities and infrastructure required to deliver growth, and how they will manage the local impacts. It is now for the region to get behind this ambitious plan.”
As part of the masterplan consultation, the airport is organising a series of public meetings and roadshow events. More information about public meetings and contact information for the consultation process can be found at at www.newcastleairport.com/masterplan
Newcastle Airport plans to create 2,000 jobs
Ambitious plans for an extensive development around Newcastle Airport are revealed today by airport bosses
Airport bosses today reveal ambitious growth plans which could see more than 2,000 new jobs created over the next decade. Helping to drive the management’s proposals for Newcastle International Airport is the hope that the facility’s worth to the regional economy can be more than doubled to £1.3bn 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 and further work 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 that 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 City Council could see some additional expansion by the airport after 2030. A consultation about to start on the masterplan will see airport bosses admit that it has to take account of a controversial bypass city council chiefs say will be needed for new green belt housing. If plans go ahead for a road linking the A1 to the A69, cutting through countryside to the west of the city, that would create the potential for new business parks to be developed in space on either side of the road as it passes 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. “We want to help our neighbours and the wider North East region understand how the airport will grow in the future. “We also want to demonstrate that we have carefully considered the local impacts our plans could have, including on the community, the environment and local roads. “We’ve launched a consultation process in order to hear everyone’s view on our plans. “And once all the responses have been reviewed, we will consider whether any changes need to be made.” Much of that growth will be focused on the 80-acre Southside Development, which already has planning permission for some sections. Work over two sites south of the runway will include hangar space for aircraft maintenance and a business park with office space. The airport itself could also see a second pier added for departing and arriving aircraft. The airport’s majority shareholders are the seven North East councils, including Newcastle, which is currently looking at ways of using a new supercouncil to lobby for direct regular flights to the US from Tyneside. South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm, head of the LA7 council shareholder group, said: “I very much welcome the publication of this masterplan. “It is important that there is a clear plan for the future expansion of the airport in place. “A growing airport with a wider range of global connections will be crucially important to the future economic wellbeing of the region.” Australian investment firm AMP Capital, the airport’s new minority shareholder, has also backed the plans. Head of asset management David Rees said: “This is very much in keeping with its role as a key strategic asset for the North East and will help ensure that the very significant economic benefits it brings can be further grown in the future.”
The previous master plans:
The plan accounts for a projected growth in passenger numbers to a maximum of 9.5 million by 2016, although we expect the actual figure to be somewhat lower. Provision is made in the plan for developments to the following areas of the airport:
- Terminal building and pier
- Passenger apron
- Runway and taxiway corridors
- Car parks and landside ancilliary activites
- Airside ancilliary actvities
The Masterplan also includes a detailed assessment of the economic and environmental impacts of development. A full environmental appraisal outlines the impact of developments on noise, air quality, water quality, biodiversity, land use, heritage, agriculture, landscape and recreation.
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