Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Blow for Airport as Duty Free Shop Pulls Out

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Blow for Airport as Duty Free Shop Pulls Out

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Reporter mike.blackburn@eveninggazette.co.uk

THE firm which runs the duty free shop at Durham Tees Valley is bailing out of the airport.

World Duty Free Group (WDFG) has issued redundancy notices to eight staff at the shop, giving them three months notice.

The airport confirmed today that the current provider intends to end operations in October. But airport chiefs say World Duty Free is just one provider of the service and they are reviewing options for the future.

WDFG say the decision to leave Durham Tees Valley Airport is down to its contract expiring.

The departure of the duty free is the latest news to rock Durham Tees Valley.

Earlier this month the airport, which is owned by Peel Group, failed to secure a crucial PS4.65m bid for Government Regional Growth Fund (RGF) cash.

Bosses had hoped their "powerful" bid could pump prime a further PS46.5m investment, unlocking potential for 1,400 new jobs.

It was the second time the airport has been rejected, following an unsuccessful PS5. …

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