We want our passengers and visitors to have a stress-free experience when travelling through our airport. Passengers and cargo are screened utilising advanced CT scanners which provide passengers the opportunity to enjoy primary screening of personal effects without the requirement to remove items from their luggage. Body scanners assist with the smooth transition through the screening point while maintaining compliance with aviation security regulatory requirements.
Unattended items and baggage
Baggage and personal items should not be left unattended at an airport under any circumstances. Unattended items are treated as suspicious and therefore subject to security processes. When visiting the airport, please ensure all personal items remain in your possession.
Materials and substances such as pesticides, petrol, acids, aerosols and bleaches are all considered dangerous goods. These items are not allowed on an aircraft, as they are capable of posing significant risk to health and safety when transported by air.
For access to more information on dangerous goods please visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Filming and photography guidelines
Our passengers and their visitors may take cameras into the departures lounge, however, photos may not be taken of check-in counters, airport staff, security staff or security procedures.
To learn more about filming or photography at our airport please contact us.
When travelling internationally there are security measures as compared to domestic travel, limiting the quantity of liquids, aerosols, gels and certain powders that can be brought onboard in carry-on luggage. These restrictions do not apply to your checked-in baggage.
International requirements for liquids, aerosols and gels in carry-on luggage
There are restrictions for items such as drinks, creams, perfumes, sprays, gels, toothpaste and other similar substances in your carry-on luggage. The limits are:
- International passengers are only able to take liquids, aerosols and gels in containers up to 100ml, or 100g in size in their carry-on baggage.
- Liquid, aerosol and gel items must be stored in a resealable clear plastic bag measuring approximately 20cm x 20cm.
- Inorganic powders such as salt, talcum powder and sand have a limit of 350ml, or 350g per passenger.
- There is no limit on organic powders made from living matter such as food and baby formula, however, these items must all be presented at the screening point.
To learn more about restrictions and exemptions in relation to powder, liquid, aerosol and gel items in your carry-on baggage, please visit the Department of Home Affairs TravelSECURE.
Passenger pick-up and drop-off at the airport
Drivers may utilise the signed “No Parking” pick-up and drop-off zones at the front of the Arrivals and Departures Terminals for loading and unloading passengers and bags. Please note, as per State Government regulatory requirements, vehicles are not permitted to remain in these zones for more than 2 minutes and the driver must remain within 3 metres of the vehicle. Infringements may be issued to offenders for non-compliance. For pick-up, please ensure passengers are ready and waiting to be loaded prior to stopping.
To spend more time saying goodbye, or greeting a passenger, short term parking is available with prices starting at $2.50 per hour. Learn more about pick-ups and drop-offs or car parking at our airport.
Inappropriate comments, jokes and pranks
Passengers and visitors are reminded that any comments made at an airport regarding weapons, explosives, or potential aviation incidents are taken extremely seriously, whether intended or not, and may result in the airline operator refusing to fly a passenger and/or prosecution.
Storage facilities not available at airport
For security reasons, storage facilities are not available at Newcastle Airport. Our airport is not permitted to hold items such as car keys, surrendered items or baggage. Passengers should discuss this directly with their airline to make alternative arrangements.
Terminal evacuation procedures
If our airport needs to perform an evacuation from the terminal building, you will be notified by the sounding of an alarm. When notified to evacuate you will need to make your way to the nearest exit, then proceed to the evacuation point at the Public Bus stop outside the terminal. You will need to follow any directions given by the fire wardens (identified as wearing red or yellow caps/helmets) and uniformed airport staff.
In the event of an evacuation, please take your luggage and possessions with you, unless you are specifically directed to leave them behind by the fire wardens.
When it is safe to re-enter the building, our airport security and airline staff will be given priority to return to the terminal. They will then be followed by other airport staff and our passengers. This order will ensure our systems are all re-activated, enabling us to continue processing passengers.