The airport is viable venture

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I was very pleased to hear that, after seeing a rise in passenger numbers, KLM has agreed a new deal to continue operations at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

UKIP believes that the airport is a viable venture.

We want to see a vibrant airport for both passenger and freight flights operating at the Tees Valley site, and we welcome this investment from KLM.

We feel that the North East needs to receive significant investment in local infrastructure, and we believe that investing in the airport should be a key part of this strategy.

Although it seems that opportunities to advance the airport may have been missed in the past, I believe that this commitment from KLM could be an important step in reviving the fortunes of this airport.

I hope that the airport management and its owners will continue to work with airlines, local businesses and political figures to work towards opening up more routes, services and flights in Tees Valley.

Jonathan Arnott, MEP,

UKIP North East,

Elwick Road,