Newcastle International Airport revealed the first phase of the GBP14 million redevelopment of its departure lounge today.
An Aspire Lounge now forms part of the airport’s departure area, with restaurants The Beer House and Flying Hippo also unveiled today for passengers to use.
The Aspire Lounge is the first in the country to have an adults-only area, premium drinks package and an exclusive Spey Whisky bar.
The openings are part of a wider plan to upgrade the departure lounge which will be reshaped over the next year to include a better layout, as well as new shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
The next phase will include a new walk-through World Duty Free store and new restaurants that will begin this autumn. New seating areas and curved walkways will also be introduced, with all the work to be completed by May 2015.
“The departure lounge development will completely transform the airside experience for our customers. Alongside our business partners, we’re investing a total of £14 million to ensure customers have the best possible journey through the airport,” said Dave Laws, chief executive of the airport. “The departure lounge will have a modern and vibrant shopping centre feel – something that we know from feedback is what our customers want.”
Gill Caleary, commercial director at Newcastle International Airport, added: “The development, where possible, will capture the flavours and sense of the North East. We are using local suppliers and ingredients whenever we can to make the customer feel relaxed and at home, whilst showcasing the best of what we have for visitors.”