Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New International Route for Durham Tees Valley

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New International Route for Durham Tees Valley

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Eastern Airways will launch its first ever international flights from Durham Tees Valley Airport to Brussels.

The UK regional airline will offer day return journeys with two flights each weekday from October 2 to suit business travellers from Durham and Tees Valley heading for the based of the European Union.

Locally based pilots and cabin crew will operate a 29-seat Jetstream 41 aircraft on the Belgian route and this is the second aircraft that the airline will base at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Keith Watson, Eastern Airways' head of sales and marketing, said: "Our new Brussels service is fantastic news for Tees Valley and County Durham business travellers as they will save time by conveniently flying from Durham Tees Valley airport. There has been a lot of interest for this route from the region's business community and it will help to strengthen business links with one of Europe's most important cities, while enabling travellers to get there and back in a day.

"This Durham Tees Valley route is a welcome addition to our growing network of services from Brussels, which also includes Southampton and Cardiff."

Mark Clarkson, Durham Tees Valley Airport business development manager, said: "We have been working closely with the Tees Valley business community and Eastern Airways to deliver a service to Brussels and we are delighted with today's news. The North East Chamber of Commerce, NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) and a number of major businesses in the Tees Valley region have been of great assistance and we look forward to the establishment of another significant route from Durham Tees Valley.

"Feedback from key employers in the region confirms that the route is strategically important for the successful development of many local industries and the new service will deliver valuable time savings for business travellers. …

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