Airport ‘encouraged’ after talks with MPs

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TALKS between MPs and owners of Durham Tees Valley Airport have been described as “very constructive and very encouraging”.

Peter Nears, strategic planning director for the Peel Group said discussions at the House of Commons with Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham and Stockton South MP James Wharton were positive.

The latest meetings are part of the briefing programme on the drive to secure the future of the airport following the recent announcement that Peel Investments (DTVA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Peel Group, has become the majority shareholder in the airport.

Mr Nears, who said both Mr Wharton and Mr Cunningham had expressed strong support for the airport and its crucial role in the regeneration of the local economy, stressed the importance of the involvement of both MPs and the area’s local authorities.

He said: “During the recent debate on the Civil Aviation Bill in the House of Commons both Mr Wharton and Mr Cunningham took the opportunity to underline the need to secure a long-term future for Durham Tees Valley in the interests of the entire region, and the support of them and their Parliamentary colleagues is very important.

“I was able to explain to the MPs that we are now working with partners, including the local councils, airlines, operators and tenants, to develop the plans for taking the airport forward.

“There are clearly many challenges ahead, but I was greatly encouraged by the very positive response we have received so far from our local MPs.”