Durham Tees Valley Airport hopes to expand

Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport.

A MASTER plan for the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport is set to be revealed soon.

And airport chiefs say it will set out a blueprint for the airport’s development over the next decade and beyond.

Bosses say the key to ensuring the future of the airport is to maximise its potential, and that way it can have a contribution to play on the North East economy.

Airport strategic planning director Peter Nears said, despite the difficulties the airport has faced in recent years, the master plan would build on Durham Tees Valley’s strengths which included aviation-related business already on site.

He said the airport has also acquired an important 9.5 acre site as part of its future development plans.

That site includes the steel frame of a former hangar building, last used as a sports and tennis centre, which closed years ago.

He said the building had “potential for aviation related engineering, storage and distribution operations.”

The Government has encouraged all regional airports to develop master plans. Mr Nears added: “We hope to begin the public consultation on the proposals in the Master Plan next month. It is also vital that it has the support of key partners, including the local authorities and the Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership.”

Mr Nears said the right business model was the key to safeguarding the airport and the vital services it provides.

He added the draft plan, which will be published soon, “sets out what we believes is a very positive vision—creating a vibrant and sustainable business”.