Friends of airport takes off

A NEW group has been created to to boost an airport.

The new Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport (FODTVA) is being dubbed as a chance to ‘demonstrate the pride which local people feel in their airport and make a practical contribution to helping it move forward’.

Colin Granton, speaking at the airport at the launch of the group, said they had already received a remarkable response from people wanting to become involved.

He was joined by senior airport figures, including airport chairman Robert Hough who praised the group for their enthusiasm and commitment to ‘making Durham Tees Valley the success we all believe it can be’.

The group says it aims to recruit volunteers to promote, support and assist the airport wherever and whenever possible and it is drawing up plans for an airport open day next summer.

Colin said: “We believe that having additional ‘helping hands’ can make a contribution in many different ways, everything from litter picking and snow clearing to attending events and providing advice and information to the public.

“What we are very clear about is that we are not about undermining the workforce at the airport in any way. We aim to be extra help, not replacement help.”

The group aims to stage an open day on Saturday, June 22, next year.

Mr Hough said: “FODTVA is a really grass roots expression of that support and we look forward to working closely with them in a shared ambition of making Durham Tees Valley the success we all believe it can be.”