Emirates and Newcastle International Airport have announced a record month for passengers on the daily service between the airport and Emirates’ Dubai hub.

The route, which has been operational since 2007, carried 22,745 passengers in August from Newcastle and its Dubai hub.

Nick Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “We are delighted to announce these record figures. The key to the success of Emirates is that it connects the North East to Dubai and then via Dubai to over 150 destinations.

“Next year we will celebrate 10 years of Emirates flying out of Newcastle and look forward to continuing our fantastic relationship well into the future.“

Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President, UK, said: “Newcastle International Airport has become an important gateway for both business and leisure travellers in the North East, and plays an important part in the growth of the local economy.

“August was a very strong month for our Newcastle operation, recording a five percent annual growth. We look forward to continuing our very successful relationship long into the future.”

The Emirates service carries the vast majority of exports flown out of Newcastle Airport, the value of which now stands at £310m per annum. Before Emirates arrived in the region, flown exports stood at less than £20m.