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Newcastle Airport (NCL/EGNT) is on target to see its passenger numbers exceed 5 million this year.
The airport, which is the gateway to the North East of England, hit its 4m passenger milestone in mid-September when Passenger Miyu Matsuzaki arrived on a British Airways flight from Heathrow Airport.
Miss Matsuzaki, who is studying Modern Languages at Newcastle University, was awarded a bottle of champagne and vouchers for a hotel in the city on arrival.
Newcastle Airport saw just over 4.8m passengers in 2016 as it seeks to return to its high from 10 years ago of 5.4m in 2007.
The most popular destinations from Newcastle Airport are London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Alicante, Palma and Belfast.
Leon McQuaid, Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to have now served four million passengers this year and are on track to break 5 million by the end of 2017. It’s fantastic to celebrate our latest achievement with Miyu and Newcastle University who are doing a great job welcoming new students to the region.