Airport revamp takes off with new outlets

The Cabin, part of the revamp of Newcastle International Airport departure lounge.

The Cabin, part of the revamp of Newcastle International Airport departure lounge.

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A £14million transformation of Newcastle International Airport continues to make progress.

The airport, near Ponteland, announced plans last year to re-shape its departure lounge to help improve the environment for passengers.

The Beer House, Flying Hippo and Aspire lounge opened in 2014 as the project got under way.

And now new restaurant The Cabin has opened its doors, along with retail outlets Traveller, Cuba Lily, Travelex and WH Smith.

Airport Commercial Director Gill Caleary said: “We’re delighted with how the departure lounge development is coming along.

“Last year we opened a number of new facilities. They’ve all been given a very warm welcome by North East passengers and have been very busy over the summer and festive periods.

“We’re delighted that a new concept, The Cabin, has now opened. The restaurant has a high-end feel and serves high quality food and wines in luxurious surroundings. It uses local suppliers where possible to offer the best choice for our passengers.

“We’ve also opened great new retail outlets WH Smith, Traveller, Travelex and Cuba Lily so the development is really starting to take shape.”

The Cabin will serve fine wines, champagne, cocktails and craft beer, as well as a range of food and small plates, using locally-sourced ingredients.

One-stop holiday shop Traveller has operated at the airport for seven years, but has now expanded, while Cuba Lily is a new tax-free jewellery store. Travelex provides currency exchange, and the new WH Smith store has an expanded food section and book offer.

Still to come will be a new walk-through World Duty Free store, and food and beverage outlets.

In addition to the shops, restaurants and bars, the departure lounge layout will provide a more straight-forward journey for customers, with curved walkways, seating areas and streamlined shop fronts.

The transformation should be completed in the summer.

Newcastle International is the largest airport in the North East, supporting 3,200 jobs on site and a further 4,600 across the region.

In both 2013 and 2014 Whuch? readers voted it the best large airport, and it aims to be the most welcoming in the UK.