Newcastle Airport say they have seen almost 40,000 more passengers through the terminal in January, a year-on-year increase of 16.2%.

They say a demand for non-EU routes to the likes of Dubai, Geneva and the Canaries saw the airport’s international traffic grow by 26.8%, while EU-scheduled traffic was up 30.6% due to an increase in capacity on some services.

John Irving, Business Development Director at Newcastle International Airport, said:

We recorded our strongest December in over 10 years in 2016 so we are naturally delighted to see the airport carry this momentum into the first month of 2017. January is considered to be a relatively quiet period but as we have continued to invest in the airport and add new routes along with additional capacity, we have experienced an increase in demand for our international services. We take our role seriously as the international gateway for the North East and will continue to explore additional routes to help ensure the region remains well connected for both business and leisure destinations.

John Irving, Newcastle International Airport