Images of a potential new airport in the north-east of England have been revealed with a transport expert believing that it could replace the two current facilities.
Tim Narey, a divisional director with international architecture giant Aedas, suggests that both the region's existing airports, Durham/Tees Valley and Newcastle, do not provide the necessary access to the rest of the north-east and should be replaced.
The Sunderland Echo reported that Mr Narey has commissioned a feasibility study into whether a new airport could be built between the A1 and A19 north of Peterlee that would help to improve air travel links to the region.
Mr Narey told the news provider that neither Durham/Tees Valley nor Newcastle has a sufficient long-term future and that the creation of a new airport would provide a fresh vision for aviation in the north-east. He continued by saying that Newcastle's scope for expansion could become increasingly limited and while there could be additional extensions every now and then, it would not provide a substantial benefit to the north-east as whole.
"If you stuck a pin in the map and drew a 20-mile radius around it, you would take in 90 per cent of the north-east conurbation. There are some really big decisions to come for this region in the next ten to 50 years, about how important we want to be as part of the jigsaw of the UK. A new airport in the centre of the region will grab that business," Mr Narey told the newspaper.
The Aedas chief said that while plans had been unveiled of what it could potentially look like, the proposals were still seeking a site for building, with the A1 and A19 area being earmarked for construction.
Newcastle Airport is a key part of infrastructure in the north-east of England and is the 11th busiest in the UK, according to 2011 figures. While it predominantly provides domestic and European flights it recently signed a contract with Emirates to seal direct services to Dubai, while there is a seasonal route to Toronto-Pearson operated by Air Transat.
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