Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brighter Future for Airport Is Taking Off

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brighter Future for Airport Is Taking Off

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

ian cooper BOSSES insisted they remain committed to ensuring a long-term future for Durham Tees Valley Airport as PS250,000 of improvements were unveiled.

A modernised departure lounge was revealed yesterday, with features including "Xpress" retail services, free unlimited Wi-Fi and designated work stations and charging points.

The airport also launched a "Flying For The Future" campaign, aimed at securing support for its role in developing Teesside's economy.

Its future remains in the spotlight following Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen's election pledge to buy the loss-making facility.

But airport chairman Robert Hough indicated that Peel Airports remains a committed owner.

He said: "We recognise that in common with many other regional airports, the last decade has been extremely challenging for Durham Tees Valley.

"To date, Peel Airports has invested PS38m in meeting capital spending and operating losses, but I want to make clear to the local business community - and indeed the region as a whole - that Peel Airports' level of commitment to securing its future is clear."

Business leaders from across Teesside attended the unveiling and were told they can play a "vital role" in joining with owner Peel to secure its future.

He called on them to promote its use and work with the airport to make the case for new routes.

Mr Hough said the airport was now half way through its masterplan launched in 2014 and which runs to 2020.

He said there had been "real progress", including securing planning permission for 350 homes and business and leisure facilities on the northside of the site.

This will generate money which will then be pumped back into the airport, Mr Hough added.

He also hailed the recent addition of new services by Scottish carrier Loganair.

Also present was Benedicte Duval, general manager for KLM UK and Ireland.

Air France KLM flies three times a day from DTVA to Amsterdam and has just increased capacity by introducing new Embraer 175 aircraft. …

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