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GALLERY: Newcastle Airport Celebrates 70 Years

See what the airport used to look like..

GALLERY: Newcastle Airport Celebrates 70 Years Newcastle Airport

This week marked 70 years since the first commercial flight took off from Newcastle Airport.

Back then, the terminal consisted of two tin sheds!

A lot has changed at the airport over the years. Here's a look back at some of the highlights...

1948 - Trans Australia Airlines uses DC-3 aircraft to service a Sydney-Newcastle-Brisbane route.

1959 - Trans Australia Airlines introduces Fokker Friendships, the first turbo-props to fly out of Newcastle Airport.

1975 - New passenger terminal is constructed.

Early 1970's - Masling Airlines begins operations between Newcastle and Sydney. Air New South Wales also starts flights to Brisbane, Coolongatta, Canberra and Sydney.

1993 - Newcastle City Council and Port Stephens Council take over control of the airport from the Australian government.

1994 - Impulse Airlines begins direct flights between Newcastle and Melbourne. The airline also flew to Tamworth, Coffs Harbour, Brisbane, Coolongatta, Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra.

2000 - Impulse Airlines acquires Boeing 717 aircraft and rebrands itself as a low-budget carrier.

2001 - Freedom Air begins the first international flights to Auckland. The service only lasted a year.

2003 - Brindabella Airlines begins direct flights to Canberra.

2004 - Jetstar's first ever flight JQ371 departs Newcastle for Melbourne.

2005 - The terminal receives a $8.25 million upgrade, doubling the floor space, adding a third departure gate, two baggage carousels and a retail concourse.

2005 - Aeropelican moves operations from Belmont to Williamtown.

2007 - Norfolk Air begins flights to Norfolk Island.

2015 - Terminal receives another expansion, featuring permanent customs, immigration and quarantine facilities.

2015 - FlyPelican begins flights out of Newcastle.

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