« Back team say thanks to Sue

28th August 2019 • Posted in Community, Announcements

 Sue Davis, a mother and grandmother from Cramlington, Northumberland, has celebrated her retirement after serving an impressive 46 years at Newcastle International Airport – including the last eight years with

Just days later, her husband Keith also retired after his own 45-year stint working in Air Traffic Control at the airport.

Sue, 65, summed up her time by saying “I have absolutely loved it.”

She added: “It was so different every day, and the people at the airport and are just so wonderful to work with. I’m really going to miss that, and of course the opportunity to wave customers off to all the destinations that flies to. Faro in Portugal is a personal favourite of mine.”

Before working for, Sue worked for a Ground Handler and as a Ticket Desk Manager at the airport. Recalling her decision to join, she said: “I really wanted to work for an airline, and stood out to me as a respected, friendly brand. I had worked one side of airport operations and it was exciting to see how an airline operated. The idea of a desk job did not appeal to me!”

Sue’s husband Keith is also retiring from Newcastle International Airport, having worked in air traffic control for 45 years. Sue added: “Between us we have served over 90 years at the airport. We’ve barely crossed paths in that time though as we work in such different areas - it’ll be lovely for us to spend some quality time together.”

Geoff Petch, Station Manager for at Newcastle Airport said: “I’d like to thank Sue personally for all her hard work over the years, as she has played a vital role in ensuring we deliver our award-winning customer service. We wish Sue and her husband all the best with their retirement, and we have a big send off planned for her.”

To celebrate their retirement, Sue and Keith, who have two daughters and two grandchildren aged three and five months, are travelling to the USA for a road trip. Later, in October, their two daughters have a surprise holiday booked. “We have no idea where we’re going, it’s a complete surprise,” she said.

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