Newcastle Airport was pleased to announce that 2007 was a positive year with the airport experiencing record profits and passenger numbers, the Journal has reported.
Financial figures revealed that pre-tax profits increased by nearly 80 per cent in 2007 compared with the previous year, rising from £9.9 million to £17.7 million while passenger numbers increased by 4.1 per cent to 5.7 million.
Graeme Mason, head of planning and corporate affairs at Newcastle Airport, told the Journal: "Last year was our best ever year in terms of passenger numbers and financial performance. There were a number of big landmarks, including the launch of the Emirates service to Dubai and the opening of the new control tower."
Newcastle Airport is keen to build on its success by expanding its operations further with the introduction of more flights to new destinations and the construction of new airport hotels, claimed Mr Mason.
"We are still targeting new routes, including long-haul destinations, and there will be further investment in the terminal building," he told the newspaper.
Newcastle Airport added seven more destinations to its flight routes in 2007.