The North East has two airports, Newcastle International and Durham Tees Valley airports, and ANEC supports their sustainable development given their importance to the economic development and competitiveness of the North East.

In 2013, Newcastle International handled 4.42 million passengers and Durham Tees Valley Airport had a passenger throughput of around 161,092. As regional airports, they play a fundamental role in providing access to worldwide markets for passengers and freight, in attracting inward investment and tourism, and in providing a range of domestic and international services that enable business to prosper and thrive. For example, trade from the North East to Australasia has increased by over 65% since Emirates flights from Newcastle International to Dubai started operating.

Access to good transport and connectivity is a key concern for global organisations located in the North East and is one of the key factors in influencing private sector investors to consider locating here. It is vital to our economic prospects and competitiveness that we have Government support for maintaining access for domestic air services into the London airports as well as to a range of European and worldwide destinations.

A fair approach to Air Passenger Duty is critical to avoid a disproportionately negative effect on regional air services. It is also essential that a complementary approach between development of air service connections and plans for high speed rail is adopted. Read more about ANEC's work on high speed rail.