The business organisation, the CBI, says the North East is missing out on millions of pounds in trade because there are too few flights connecting us with the rest of the world. It is calling more direct services, in particular to North America.
It is also calling for speedy improvements to the A1 to provide quicker access to Newcastle Airport.
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Emma Jesson brings you Sunday night's forecast
Wet and windy spells, interspersed with drier interludes this week. Breezy with wintry showers, variable temperatures and a weather warning
Mostly cloudy, some bright spells, rain on and off and blustery. Milder temperatures than on Saturday