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Calls to rename Newcastle Airport after Queen Elizabeth II have been rejected.

Northumberland Conservative county councillor Gordon Stewart said calling it Newcastle Queen Elizabeth International Airport would be a "lasting memorial" to the former monarch following her death this month.

The Conservative MPs for Hexham and North West Durham have backed the proposal.

However the airport's board said it "would not be a feasible response".

A spokesman for the airport said it had "an established name in the global aviation market, which has taken many decades to build up".

The board understood the "sentiment of the suggested renaming" and was reviewing how the airport would commemorate the Queen's reign in another way, he said.

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