Local businesses urged to back Durham Tees Valley campaign

Businesses across the Tees valley region in North East England have been urged to join Peel Airports in backing its efforts to secure the long-term future of Durham Tees Valley Airport with its ‘flying for the future’ campaign.

The campaign was launched to galvanise support for Durham Tees Valley Airport and the key role it plays in the area’s economic development, as well as to demonstrate to airlines that the airport is very much open for business. Local businesses – and the community as a whole – are being asked to show their support for the campaign and work alongside the airport to push for new routes.

The airport – which has recently celebrated a number of milestones, including the opening of a £250,000 terminal improvement and the arrival of Loganair – launched its master plan in 2014. Designed to set out the blueprint for the airports development to 2020 and beyond, delivery of the plan is aimed at creating up to 3,800 new jobs and add over £348 million GVA (gross value added) to the regional economy.

“We all recognise that, in common with many other regional airports, the last decade has been extremely challenging for Durham Tees Valley” said Robert Hough, Durham Tees Valley chairman, talking at the launch of the ‘flying for the future’ campaign.

“To date Peel Airports has invested £38 million in meeting capital spending and operating losses, but I want to make it clear to the local business community – and indeed the region as a whole – that Peel Airport’s level of commitment to securing its future is clear,” Hough continued.

Citing the success of the master plan to date, Hough pointed out that one of the key achievements so far has been the agreement reached with local authority partners to ensure the airport remains open for at least eight years.

Hough also referenced the “real progress” that has been made on another objective of the airport’s master plan – the development of the airport’s general aviation activity including the launch of its in-house consort ground handling service.

Demonstrating his support for the campaign, Benedicte Duval, general manager for UK and Ireland KLM, which enjoys a long-established relationship with DTVA said:

“We welcome the launch of the ‘flying for the future’ campaign. Close partnerships between stakeholders, businesses and airports gives us real confidence and it is clear from today that there is a strong level of support for DTVA in the region.”

Header image: Robert Hough, DTVA chairman.


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