South Tyneside Council’s leader has hailed Newcastle International Airport as a “major feather in the North East’s cap”.
Coun Iain Malcolm makes the comment in the airport’s annual review for 2014.
It shows the airport continues to play an important role in supporting the region’s economy, bringing a total benefit of £646m and enabling £300m worth of exports.
Additionally, the airport supports almost 8,000 jobs, including 3,200 on its Woolsington site.
And this summer a scheduled service to New York is to be launched.
South Tyneside Council, along with six other local authorities, known collectively as LA7, are majority 51 per cent shareholders in the airport.
Coun Malcolm, chairman of LA7, said: “Newcastle International Airport’s continued success is a major feather in the North East’s cap.
“The local authority shareholders are delighted to be involved with such a thriving business that brings so much benefit to the region.
“The announcement of a scheduled summer flight to New York, in addition to the continued success of the daily flights to Dubai, made 2014 a very special year.
“Also, the development of the departure lounge means customers will have an even more enjoyable experience when using their local airport.”