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Teesside International Airport secures ten-year deal for ‘world-leading’ fire safety base

An airport is continuing to go from “strength-to-strength” after securing a ten-year safety deal, a regeneration boss has said.

Teesside International Airport has signed a fresh agreement with Serco to oversee the “world-leading” International Fire Training Centre (IFTC) at the base.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says the contract has secured more than 50 jobs, adding it provides another boost for the airport following new Turkish flights with TUI and Willis Lease Finance Corporation’s submission of plans to build a £25 million aircraft maintenance hub and expand a business flights service.

A fixture at the site since 1981, IFTC supports the development of thousands of firefighters every year.

Mayor Houchen, who returned the airport to public ownership following a 2017 election pledge, said: “It’s great we’ve been able to secure this business, and the fantastic jobs that come with it.

“We are proud to host the fire training centre – the boost in reputation it has given our airport over the past 40 years is immeasurable.

“This deal is yet more evidence of our airport going from strength-to-strength.”

Guy Barker, Serco’s ITFC contract manager, added: “This new lease not only reflects Serco’s ongoing commitment to Teesside, but also the future of Teesside International Airport.

“I look forward to the next 40 years, and I’m excited to lead the fantastic team into a bright future.”