September 3, 2020
Despite a temporary, three-month suspension of passenger flights during the pandemic, behind the scenes, the work never stopped at Teesside International Airport.
A flourishing airport is key as the region looks to recover its economy following the outbreak, with new passenger routes and expanded services central to driving local, national and international investment.
Since throwing its doors open once again, a raft of announcements has seen Teesside International building for the future to not only make it an airport the region can be proud of, but position it as a vital catalyst for job creation and growth.
Just weeks ago, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen announced that Teesside was once again connected to the UK’s biggest airport, London Heathrow, for the first time in more than a decade.
This frequently requested service, operated by Eastern Airways, provides both holidaymakers and business travellers with access to more than 180 locations in 84 countries across the world.
The airport has also worked with Eastern Airways to expand its domestic offerings, with Aberdeen and Belfast City flights becoming twice- daily, with additional weekend departures.
Flights to the popular staycation destination of Cornwall Airport Newquay have also been extended to all year round.
Southampton and Dublin services will resume in the coming weeks and months, with discussions with all of our airline partners continuing on further opportunities.
Meanwhile, a new deal has been struck to ensure another popular worldwide connection continues, with long-standing airline partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines committing to its Amsterdam Schiphol route for another five years.
The airline celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and marked its best month in 14 years for the route last September, with this latest agreement showing huge confidence in Teesside’s ten-year recovery plan.
Looking to the future, much-loved Christmas day trips to Lapland to meet Santa are returning in December, with a schedule of summer 2021 flights to Bulgaria’s Bourgas and Palma in Spain.
Alongside securing new routes, innovative ways of using the airport are being explored to maximise the potential of the site and attract more investment.
Work has begun on a 270-acre, £200 million Southside development, which will see a major logistics, manufacturing and commercial space created to house businesses with capital from the site reinvested in the airport.
Complementing this is a new base for global aviation firm Willis Asset Management Limited. The firm has agreed to lease two hangars to allow it to house aircraft and parts while carrying out maintenance, storage and disassembly of a wide variety of aircraft.
The first, a Boeing 737, flew into the airport in late August, and will remain at the base for storage. Further aircraft are expected to arrive over the coming months as Willis steps up its operations.
Of course, the health and well-being of staff and passengers remain paramount, which is why six steps to staying safe at Teesside International has been put in place. Clear signage points to easy-to-follow guidelines on hand sanitisers, social distancing and mask-wearing while in the terminal building, helping travellers travel in confidence.
Teesside International Airport is now in a fantastic position to take off once again – for passengers, for businesses and our whole region.
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