He believes that, so far, the airport has benefited from the fall in the value of the pound since the EU referendum.
#8220;People [from the UK] still want to travel and forward bookings for 2017 are looking pretty strong.”
Newcastle offers flights to 80 destinations, mostly in Europe but also to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and handled 4.8m passengers in 2016.
The airport has come a long way since it opened in 1935 with a grass runway.
Newcastle Airport does not expect scheduled flights from Carlisle Airport to have a material impact on its business.
#8220;We are the closest international airport to Carlisle. One of our priorities is to explain to people in Cumbria what#8217;s available.