Metro journeys to Newcastle International Airport are at a record high, new statistics show.
Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro, said there were almost a million airport Metro journeys in a year.
Nexus says that the upward growth trend is down to the airport offering a wider range of destinations, allied to North East England becoming an increasingly attractive destination for visitors.
Metro offers one of the fastest city centre to airport transfers in the country. There are five direct trains per hour to the centres of Newcastle and Sunderland.
Director of Customer Services at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We’re seeing record numbers of passengers using Metro services to get to and from Newcastle Airport, which is a key regional gateway that continues to grow.
“In the year ending March 2018 there were close to a million journeys. The number of people using Metro to get to the airport has been increasing for six consecutive years as we offer customers more flexible ways of paying for their travel.
“Metro is part of everyday life in Tyne and Wear. We’re proud to be able to provide such a vital link to our region’s biggest airport.”
Graeme Mason, Planning and Corporate Affairs Director at Newcastle International Airport, said: “The Metro link is fantastic for both passengers and staff travelling to and from Newcastle International Airport, providing connections to mainline train services at Newcastle Central Station and other points and services to key centres including Sunderland, Gateshead, South Shields and Whitley Bay. The airport saw a 10% increase in passenger numbers in 2017 and this has clearly been reflected in the rise in the number of passengers using the Metro service.
“We recently launched our Draft Masterplan 2035 which includes details on improving ground transport across the region. The Metro will continue to play a major part in this strategy, making it even easier for travellers to make their way to the airport and explore the world, or for visitors to access all that the region has to offer.”
There are Metro services from Newcastle Airport from 5.40am every day, while the first Metro trains towards the airport starts as early 5am.
Nexus extended the Metro system to Newcastle Airport in 1991 with funding from the European Union.