Air travel is set to reach new heights this Christmas with Newcastle Airport expecting a busy holiday season.
And, to meet the predicted demand, an additional 5,000 seats are available in December to help cater for the increase in passenger numbers.
With direct flights to 13 destinations including popular holiday hot spots the Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide, it appears the Williamtown terminal is the better alternative to big city airports.
Newcastle Airport executive general manager of aviation Shane de Wit said extra steps had been taken to ensure traveling through the facility was easy.
“We’ve undertaken further measures to make sure we deliver the airport experience our region deserves during this busy time,” he explained.
“We have five different car parks to suit all kinds of budgets and some great summer holiday specials for people planning an extended break.
“Our new online booking platform, along with a sophisticated license plate recognition system, has streamlined the process for all our car parks, providing touch free convenience and efficiency for our passengers.
“Customers dropping off or collecting family and friends can park and wait for free for up to two hours in our Long Stay Saver car park.
“It’s a great way to avoid driving round and round the loop road.
“Once a person has collected their bags from the baggage carousel, they can send a text message to advise they are ready for pick-up.
“We will have additional staff on board at check-in and security, making our customer’s journey through our terminal as seamless as possible.
“This includes our friendly volunteer Ambassadors who are there to welcome you to our airport and help answer any questions.”
Mr de Wit recommends passengers plan ahead, arrive at the airport 1.5 hours before their flight departs and practice patience to assist with a smooth start to the festive season.
“Similar to previous school holiday periods, we’re encouraging people to allow plenty of time and follow directions from their airline,” he said.
“This will allow everyone to get through check-in and security and begin their break sooner in our relaxing departures lounge.
“There will be free kids’ activities in departures to keep the little ones busy so you can enjoy a drink or a bite to eat.
“Or, you can place your order from your table using the handy Mr Yum App or grab a last-minute gift from one of our retail outlets.”
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