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.
More details will be revealed later this morning of a new development aimed at bringing jobs to Newcastle Airport.
A business park is planned for a fifty acre site next to the airport, which will include office space, warehousing and hangars.
The project launch will be attended by the Under-Secretary of State for Transport and North Yorkshire MP, Robert Goodwill.
Bad weather across the country forced three planes to land at Newcastle Airport this evening.
A British Airways Boeing 747, which can carry around 500 people, had come from New York and had to make a stop here on its way to Heathrow. A Virgin plane heading for Gatwick and an Air Lingus plane en route to Belfast also had to land in Newcastle.
Thousands of people from the North East have started their Christmas breaks - on the road, by rail and by air.
East Coast, who run the main railway line through the region are recommending people allow extra time for their journey.
One of the busiest places over the next few days will be Newcastle Airport, which is expecting to see an increase on passenger numbers from last year. They will even be running flights on Christmas Day.
Gregg Easteal reports from behind the scenes at the airport.
While some are driving home for Christmas, other families from the North East are flying away - from winter sun, to skiiing holidays.
People arriving home for Christmas were greeted by excited family members at Newcastle Airport this morning.
The Friday before Christmas is one of the busiest days of the year on our roads, railways and at Newcastle Airport, which will handle 900 flights between now and New Year's Day.
Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has announced a new Cork route which will operate from Newcastle Airport from the end of March 2014.
The new route will operate four times a week, building on the success of the Newcastle-Dublin route which launched in October.
There were delays and cancellations to some aeroplane flights in and out of Newcastle Airport today. The UK wide issue was caused by a technical fault at an air control centre in Hampshire. While services at Newcastle weren't too badly affected, some passengers faced delays.