Emirates airline has built and branded a colossal new air traffic control tower at Newcastle Airport, marking the start of flights between the northern travel hub and Dubai, capital of United Arab Emirates.
Towering above the northern city at double the stature of sculptor Antony Gormley’s famous Angel of the North statue, the newest air traffic control centre in the UK cost £8.2 million to create.
The older, 40-year-old tower was demolished and replaced with this new landmark, equipped with high-tech technologies for plane orientation.
Within the last week, the airline launched its daily service between Newcastle and Dubai.
According to Emirates, the choice of Newcastle was informed by the consideration that it lies more than three hours by road from existing Emirates UK destinations and is therefore "from a geographical point of view" a "logical choice".
Emirates already operates daily flights to Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow airports.
In a statement, the airline described Cardiff, Bristol and Edinburgh Airports as among its remaining ‘choices’ for where to expand next.