Freight travel will replace holiday flights at Durham Tees Valley airport

Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport.

DURHAM Tees Valley Airport is scrapping holiday flights for freight travel as part of a massive review of its services.

Holiday getaways will be scaled back at the region’s airport as a smaller, new-look terminal is introduced with more retail units.

It is all part of a plan to “reposition” the airport, say bosses who want to focus more on the business side of the operation.

Managing director Steve Gill said the airport needed a strong foundation “to help safeguard the future of aviation activity.”

He said Durham Tees Valley had come through a difficult period, which included a thorough review of the whole site.

A strategic master plan would be available for public consultation from mid-November and that would “show further how the airport would be focusing on business and general aviation”.

Bosses did confirm yesterday that the airport is moving away from all mainstream holiday charter programmes from next summer, apart from Flybe flights operated on behalf of CITS to Jersey.

That means no more flights to Palma, Ibiza or Bulgaria.

There will also be changes to the airport terminal. The operational area will be made smaller and there will be a new layout “more suited to customers on scheduled flights”.

Durham Tees Valley’s future lies in “expanding and diversifying our aviation and non-aviation activities,” said Mr Gill.

He said the airport will be aiming to provide extra flights for North-East business people who “have a significant need to access international markets.”

Mr Gill said Durham Tees Valley was determined to continue to make a positive contribution to the economy of the Tees Valley and beyond.

Airport strategic planning director Peter Nears said Durham Tees Valley had shown its intent acquiring a 9.5 acre site north east of the airfield.

“This is a significant acquisition and underlines the importance of maximising the development opportunities of the airport site.

“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.”