Film ID:
NEFA 10984



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Incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme Close Up on regional airports. The film includes general views of Teesside, Newcastle and Manchester Airports and includes interviews with Airport Managers about the each airport's development and prospects for the future.

The film begins with two men in an airport control tower.


Interview with Harold Barker at Teesside Airport about the establishment of the airport. He says that they received a lot of help from both the Ministry of Aviation and the RAF. The difficulty was getting all the qualified technicians and staff  as well as the necessary equipment in time for the opening.

Behind Mr Barker a Britannia Airways prop-aircraft taxis onto the runway. The airport has now been in operation for over a year with over 100,000 passengers. Freight through the airport has also increased from 20,000 kilos to 66,000 kilos last month. Facilities that are available to passengers include a principle service to London in the morning and evening. There are daily services to Belfast and Dublin as well as to Amsterdam and Dusseldorf. The airport also caters for holiday flights to the Channel Islands as well as seasonal flights to  Mediterranean destinations such as Barcelona. He believes the airport gives good coverage to both business travellers as well as holiday makers. Mr Barker says that the runway can handle larger aircraft such as the [McDonnell Douglas] DC-10's and Boeing 707's. There are plans for transatlantic charter operation next year.

General views of a car park built next to a number of wooden barrack buildings.

General views of a construction site for the new terminal building being built at Newcastle Airport.

Captain Allan sits at the controls of a Britannia Airways aircraft.

A man in the street talks about  air accidents and flying. He believes air travel is safer than travelling by road.

General views of passengers walking across the tarmac and boarding a 'plane. Members of the ground crew work on the aircraft. General view of men working in an air traffic control tower.

Interview with Mr Jim Denny in an office overlooking Newcastle airport. On the wall is a large aerial photograph of the airport. He says that Newcastle Airport provides a comprehensive network of international and domestic services with 10 flights a day to London with Britannia Airways. There are also daily services to Amsterdam and Dusseldorf as well as Ireland and the west coast of England. He also believes the airport can handle the holiday requirements for the northern region.

There has been an increase of passenger traffic through the airport from 46,000 people 10 years previous to 250,000 last year. He is confident that 300,000 people will pass through the airport in 1966 before the new terminal building is finished. He believes the runways at Newcastle are capable of handling the large jet aircraft such as the Boeing 707 but with certain limited weight capacity.

The development of a new terminal at Woolsington will make Newcastle Airport a regional, provincial and international airport capable of satisfying the regional demand for international destinations within continental Europe as well as connections to inter-continental services. They are looking at flying direct services to New York but will need 150 people who need to travel to same place at same time or it would be difficult to justify the service.

Stage 2 of the new terminal building should be completed by January 1967 and would be able to hand 600 passengers per hour. The terminal will include all the amenities of a modern international airport including a cocktail bar, shops and a restaurant capable of holding between 180 and 200 passengers.

General view of a Britannia Airways aircraft parked on the runway. The camera pans left to show a number of wooden barrack buildings.

Inside the terminal building at Manchester Airport passengers check-in at various service counters. A man walking on crutches passes by. Passengers use a escalator with a large banner over the top that reads: "Flights Departures and Arrivals". Signs above various outlets inside the airport advertise ladies hairdressers, a bank, book stall, florist, restaurant and other amenities.

General view of the airport information desk. Monitors on the desk advise about departure and arrival times. A man places a telephone call from a see-through circular plastic kiosk. Seated passengers wait for their flights in the departure lounge.

General view of a large car park with terminal building in the background. Two boys look down from an outside viewing area onto a BEA airplane that is parked on the tarmac. A young couple walk arm-in-arm along an exterior concourse. 

Interview with Mr Harry, Director of Manchester Airport from his office. He is asked what has been the growth rate for the airport in the past 10 years. He says that aircraft movements have risen from 34,000 to 47,000. Passengers have increased from 334,000 in 1955 to 1,400,000 in 1965 and freight has risen from 8700 tons to 26,000 tons.

On the question of services to the travelling public he says the airport provides a wide range of continental services and holiday travel during the summer to destinations such as Yugoslavia. There is also a daily Canadian service to Montreal and Toronto as well as services to New York and Chicago.

Mr Harry describes Manchester Airport as a regional airport for the north west that has the capacity for 3,000,000 passengers which will take it into the 1970's. However, there is still space to expand without any major alterations. He believes there is a future for municipal airports and that any active regional development an airport is essential. It is not easy to build and develop an aerodrome as it requires people who want to and are willing to fly 5 days a week. Regional airports need to keep their enthusiasm in check and look at what is achievable.

The reporter stands outside Newcastle Airport with building work on the new terminal in the background. He says don't expect Newcastle or Teesside to grow as big as Manchester and it's not fair to compare them in size. He finishes by saying that Manchester bristles with efficiency and is proud of its airport. He hopes that both Teesside and Newcastle will add prestige to the region.

The film ends on a series of photographs showing various views inside an airport terminal.