In March, the airport suspended John Parkin and it is currently undertaking a “robust legal action” in connection with a near £6m bonus he secured for himself. Mr Parkin resigned and is now chief executive at Leeds Bradford Airport.
In The Journal on Monday, Newcastle airport’s new boss David Laws also speaks of hopes and dreams including a burning desire to establish a scheduled daily flight to the United States.
The 50-year-old, who has worked his way to the top after starting as a firefighter 28 years ago, says his new charge is crucial to the regeneration of the region.
“Newcastle Airport is at the heart of the region. I want to make this airport into a regional asset that every single one of us in the North-East can be proud of.” Mr Laws also recalls his days as a top class referee -officiating at Wembley and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
He also reveals his admiration for Sir Alan Sugar and Sir Bobby Robson and how his son tells people; “My daddy works in the sky”.