The Geordie city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne has undergone significant urban renovation over the last decades. It has a thriving business, science and educational sector, although traces of its history are apparent in the city layout, particularly the houses, streets and alleys close to the River Tyne. Newcastle International is the only airport serving the city and is also home to the Samson Executive Jet Centre for private charters to Newcastle. Airlines fly into Newcastle from 80 different destinations, and the airport has one terminal and features two executive lounges.
Newcastle International is the only airport in the area, and the next closest international airport is Manchester at a distance of around 160 miles away. Durham Tees Valley Airport is also close by, but does not provide the same level of international flights. Newcastle International Airport is the 11th busiest airport in the UK, and it's located just over 6 miles from the city centre.
Some of the popular routes to Newcastle include Dublin, Paris, Heathrow, Munich and Alicante, with a variety of airlines operating direct flights into the city. These include British Airways, Air France, Ryanair, Jet2 and TUI.
There are lots of good reasons to travel by plane to Newcastle. For example, regular daily flights from London Heathrow to Newcastle-upon-Tyne take just one hour 10 minutes, cutting out any need to spendtime driving or taking a longer (and possibly more expensive) rail journey. European and international travellers heading to northern destinations or staying in the Newcastle area will also discover that it's really easy to travel into the city using public transport from the airport, making the entire journey simple to plan.
Newcastle had relied heavily on its coal, steel and shipping sectors since the Industrial Revolution, and popular city author Dame Catherine Cookson often described how the Great Depression impacted on life in the South Shields area in a gritty, often harrowing manner. Book onto a Catherine Cookson Tour to find out more about the city of Newcastle and the Jarrow area, or take a short walk to the Tyne Dock area of the city for a fascinating and immersive viewpoint of historic Newcastle. Public transport in Newcastle is accessible and reliable, with local buses, trains, Quay Buses, ferries and a metro service offering an interlinked service that is easy to use.