UK Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill has opened a new £14m departure lounge at the Newcastle Airport.
The new lounge is expected to offer better facilities for international and domestic passengers before they commence their journey from the airport.
Robert Goodwill said: "Newcastle Airport is a shining example of how our regional airports lead the way with their service and range of destinations.
"The new departure lounge underlines Newcastle Airport's importance as an engine of growth for the north-east and the Northern Powerhouse.
He also added that the regional airports will be supported with a £20m funding for developing new domestic and international routes across the UK.
The latest facilities serve as a boost to the Newcastle Airport, which catered to more than 4.5m passengers last year.
It also contributes around £646m a year to the regional economy.
Newcastle International Airport chief executive David Laws said: "I am delighted the minister has officially opened our new departure lounge.
"Our passengers' journeys, whether business or pleasure, begin right here at the airport and it's vital we give them the best possible experience.
Newcastle airport serves more than 70 destinations improving connectivity across the UK. It provides international links for tourists and businesses.
A new flight connecting Newcastle Airport and Norwich, which is set to commence in 2016, would be one of the new domestic and international routes receiving a portion of a £7m investment through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.
Image: Newcastle airport will have a new departure lounge. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport / Crown Copyright.