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80,000 will travel from Newcastle Airport in 10 days

Newcastle Airport says it will handle 80,000 passengers over the Christmas period and they will travel on more than 800 flights across 10 days.

And today passengers at the airport said they were running smoothly.

Graeme Mason, airport director, said the flight traffic was as much people arriving home and there is a "real community feel" at the airport with people holding "welcome home" signs at arrival gates,

Thousands expected to flyaway for Christmas

Newcastle Airport has announced that it is expecting thousands of visitors to tread the waiting rooms and arrivals halls of the airport over the festive period,

Around 800,000 passengers are expected to travel to or from the airport between December 23rd and January 2nd - with some seeking warmer climes whilst others are returning home to the region.

Newcastle, in particular, also sees an increase in skiers heading for the slopes around Christmas.

"We are expecting a very busy few weeks over the Christmas period with families and friends all over the region making use of our services.

As well as people travelling elsewhere, we also have thousands of people returning home to the region for Christmas.

Our arrivals hall is full of well-wishers and people calling in to collect relatives and friends."

– Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport