Newcastle International Airport has officially unveiled its new terminal extension.
The Rt. Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State for Transport, opened the development.
The extension means customers can get through security quicker with fewer queues.
Ms Villiers said: "Regional airports have a vital role to play supporting local jobs and growth.
“They are also a key aspect of a national aviation network that connects our country to the world, and Newcastle is a fine example.
“These new improvements will bring real benefits for passengers – increasing the number of lanes to screen hand luggage ahead of entry into the departure lounge.”
Development work began in October 2011 to create additional space and improve the customer’s journey through the airport in a £3.2 million pound investment.
The three-storey terminal extension has created an additional 5,242 sq ft of security search accommodation.
The capacity can ultimately provide up to 10 lanes in total to screen hand luggage ahead of entry into the departure lounge, five more than were in operation previously.
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