With diversity being the name of the game for many businesses these days, Newcastle airport is one of those that has branched out.
Shining a laser pen at a plane may seem like a prank. But the impact could be far more serious.
The passenger was travelling from Southampton to Aberdeen this morning when the pilot discovered a fault with the instrument panel.
Nearly 50,000 people are expected to fly out of Newcastle Airport over the Easter weekend, which is nearly five percent higher than in 2013.
As part of the budget announcement, chancellor George Osborne revealed plans to reduce tax on long haul flights. Graeme Mason, from Newcastle airport, says it could have a big effect on passenger numbers and the economy.
Newcastle Airport has warned that flights to and from the city may be affected, due to air traffic control strikes in France.
Flights may be affected by French air traffic control strikes. Flight info at http://t.co/3n86KEmGa0. Contact your airline for details.
Police are appealing for information after a robbery at Newcastle Airport.
The incident happened at about 9:05pm on Sunday, 9 March at a warehouse on the airport grounds.
Two men entered the building, locking two members of staff in a goods security change.
They stole a large amount of cigarettes before fleeing the scene in a light coloured transit van driven by a third man.
Enquiries into the robbery are underway and detectives are keen to hear from anyone with information.
– Detective Inspector Dave Swinburne, Northumbria Police
"Thankfully the staff members weren't injured but were left shaken. Our investigations are continuing and we're keen to speak to anyone with information. If anyone saw any suspicious activity in the area they should come forward. Anyone who has been offered cigarettes for sale, particularly in large quantities, should also contact us."
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1328 09/03/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A new service is being launched at Newcastle airport this morning.
BMI Regional is starting a route to Brussels aimed at both business and leisure travellers.
Police are warning about the risks of shining laser pens at aeroplanes.
It comes as figures from the Civil Aviation Authority show almost 100 pilots reported being targeted over the North East in the last two years. Offenders could face large fines or a jail sentence if they are caught.
Bruce Storey, from Northumbria Police, said the offence went "way beyond a prank". Meanwhile, Graeme Mason, from Newcastle Airport, stressed that "heavy security" is in place to keep passengers safe.
The Government's Aviation Minister has launched plans for a new business park at Newcastle Airport, which could create thousands of jobs.
Robert Goodwill is also the MP for Scarborough and Whitby. He announced plans to start work on the Newcastle International Business Park. The completed development could create as many as 7,000 new jobs and contribute more than £300 million to the local economy.
Our reporter Richard Wilson is at Newcastle International Airport with Scarborough MP and Transport Minister Robert Goodwill. The airport is launching plans for a new development.
Graeme Mason @nclairport says business diversification at newcastle airport will benefit both airport and local economy
Scarborough MP and Transport Minister Robert Goodwill is at Newcastle International Airport to launch a new business park. He is stressing that connectivity is the key to attracting new business and jobs.