Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Pounds 6 Charge to Use Airport; Strategy 'Will Help Secure Future'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Pounds 6 Charge to Use Airport; Strategy 'Will Help Secure Future'

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Byline: Neil McKay

PASSENGERS travelling from a struggling North East airport will have to pay an extra charge for every flight from next month.

The pounds 6 passenger facility fee will be introduced to fund improvements at Durham Tees Valley airport near Darlington from November 15.

Passengers will have to pay a S t machines in the terminal which will issue tickets enabling them to pass through security into the departure areas.

Peel Airports, which owns 75% of the airport, made the announcement yesterday but the decision was branded "short sighted" by one critic.

A spokesman said: "Peel Airports believe the continued support of all sections of the community is vital in safeguarding the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport and that local airports depend on local people. As a consequence, in a month's time, all adult passengers departing from Durham Tees Valley will pay a fee of pounds 6, with a pounds 2 charge for children between the ages of three and 15.

"The company's decision to introduce the fee has been taken after a great deal of careful thought and is an important part of the overall strategy to secure the airport's future by stabilising the financial situation after the impact of the decline in passengers over recent years.

"Similar schemes are already in operation at several other UK airports. It is a common arrangement at airports in many other countries, including many within the portfolio of airports operated by Vancouver Airport Services, the new majority owners of Peel Airports."

Craig Richmond, chief executive of Peel Airports, added: "It is no secret that all sections of the transport industry have felt the impact of the global recession - and in many respects it has been especially difficult for local airports such as Durham Tees Valley. …

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