Cramlington couple check out as they mark retirement
A husband and wife who have worked a combined 90 years at Newcastle Airport have bid a fond farewell to colleagues.
Sue Davis, a mother and grandmother from Cramlington, celebrated her retirement after 46 years at Newcastle International Airport – including the last eight years with Jet2.com.
Just days later, her husband, Keith, also retired after his own 45-year stint working in Air Traffic Control at the airport.
On her final day, Sue, 65, said: “I have absolutely loved it.
“It was so different every day, and the people at the airport and Jet2.com 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 Jet2.com flies to."
Before working for Jet2.com, Sue worked for a Ground Handler and as a Ticket Desk Manager.
She said: “I really fancied working for an airline, and Jet2.com really stood out to me.
"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!”
Speaking of her husband's retirement, Sue added: “Between us we have served 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 Jet2.com at Newcastle Airport said: “I’d like to thank Sue personally for all her hard work over the years working for us, where she’s played a vital role in ensuring our award-winning customer service is continued.
"We wish her all the best with her retirement.”
Richard Knight, Chief Operating Officer at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Keith joined the business on the 19th April 1975 and leaves as our longest-ever serving member of staff. He will be greatly missed by the whole business.
“Over his 45-year career, Keith gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience which has now been passed down to over 25 other Air Traffic Controllers who trained alongside him.
"We would like to thank Keith for his time here at the Airport and wish both him and Sue a happy, healthy retirement together.”
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.
Sue said: “We have no idea where we’re going, it’s a complete surprise!”