Newcastle Airport Re-Opens as Bushfire Threat Eases

Newcastle Airport has reopened after an out-of-control bushfire forced its shutdown and threatened nearby homes yesterday.

Runways were closed and flights cancelled or diverted at the height of the Tomago blaze, which was fanned by strong westerly winds.

The airport had been shut down due to the amount of smoke in the area, rather than the fire itself, a Rural Fire Service spokesman said.

At 5.30am today, Newcastle Airport confirmed flights and normal operations had resumed.

Helicopter footage uploaded to Facebook by the RFS shows large plumes of smoke moving over the airport yesterday.

The video appears to show the fire several hundred metres away.

The fire is moving in an easterly direction. (9NEWS)

Newcastle Airport has closed because of the fire. (9NEWS)

An emergency warning was issued for the area in the afternoon, and was downgraded to an advice last night.

Water bombing aircraft and more than 60 RFS personnel worked to contain the blaze as it threatened homes.

Firefighters were remaining in the area working to contain the fire overnight, according to the RFS.