Newcastle International Airport is now in the process of extending its car parking facilities.
A multi-million pound contract has been awarded to The Owen Pugh Group to increase the size of the existing long stay car park to provide 1,600 additional spaces.
Preliminary work on the scheme is already under way and the project is expected to take 21 weeks to complete.
The new extension is bordered by Ponteland Road and Prestwick Road, with the airport requiring the space for additional cars to support its growth in demand for long-term parking capacity.
The construction will be carefully managed to minimise the impact on residents living nearby and local businesses and organisations.
To ensure the openness and country feel is maintained, the airport will undertake landscaping on the boundaries of the car parks in order to screen the development from outside of the site.
David Laws, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “This is another significant development as the airport continues to grow.
“Our passengers’ journey begins as soon as they arrive here and it is vital we continue to meet their needs and offer the best experience possible.”
The car park expansion comes just two months after Robert Goodwill, Minister of State for Transport, officially opened the new £14million departure lounge redevelopment.
According to the latest figures, the airport contributes an annual £646million into the regional economy.