Newcastle Airport has welcomed its five millionth passenger of the year - and is on course to record its highest total in a decade.
The airport, which was voted Britain’s best for a second successive year in the summer, reached the landmark figure a month earlier than in 2008, the last time it achieved it.
And its overall passenger figures are set to be the highest in a decade as 2017 comes to a close.
The lucky passenger, Mark Knight from Langley Moor, near Durham, was given a VIP pre-departure experience and £100 of duty free vouchers as he and his family checked in for an Air France flight to Paris on Friday.
He said: “This is a wonderful surprise. I’m over the moon to be the five millionth passenger.
"My family and I are off to Disneyland for the first time, where my daughter, Mia, will be dancing in a show."
Leon McQuaid, aviation development manager at the airport, said: “We’re delighted to have now served five million passengers for the first time in almost 10 years, and thrilled to be on track to reach our highest passenger figures in a decade by the end of the year.
“It’s always great to celebrate these milestones with our passengers. However, this one was particularly special as it’s such a fantastic achievement for the airport.
Last year, 4.8 million passengers passed through the airport, which connects directly to more than 80 destinations.