Growth and Investment in Durham Tees Valley Airport


Teesside International Airport (IATA: MME, ICAO: EGNV), known previously as Durham Tees Valley Airport, is an international airport located in the Borough of Darlington within County Durham in north-east England. The airport is just east of Darlington town centre and just west of Stockton-on-Tees, and is about 10 mi (16 km) south-west of Middlesbrough and 24 mi (39 km) south of Durham. The airport serves the North East, County Durham, and North Yorkshire, and is situated close to the village of Middleton St George.

Investment and Growth

As part of a major redevelopment plan in September 2004 the airport was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport Shortly afterwards, a new access road, terminal front and terminal interior were completed.  but the remainder of a planned £56 million expansion and development programme which would have enabled the airport to handle up to 3 million passengers annually did not materialise due to falling passenger numbers after 2006 financial crisis, when numbers declined to 130,911 in 2017 before starting to rise again in 2018.

Other minor developments did include a new airfield lighting installed and during 2012, and six-figure sums were spent revamping the terminal building and renovating one of the World War 11era hangars.

In 18 May 2017, Durham Tees Valley Airport announced significant investment to the airport's terminal facilities. Alongside extensive renovations in the departures area, improved retail services were introduced under the new 'Xpress' brand. The first phase of investment was completed in September 2017, with the second phase starting in Autumn 2017. The airport's Privilege Membership Club also faced improvements for passenger service upgrades.  

Later in May 2017, Durham Tees Valley Airport also introduced a new ground handling service with Consort Aviation. Ground handling services are provided for general aviation and military aircraft.

During November 2017, the airport launched its Flying For The Future campaign to try and build support towards the airport and encourage more people to use the facility.

On 25 July 2019, the airport was rebranded back to Teesside International Airport, the name it operated under between 1966 and 2004.

Prior to the rebranding, the airport announced a new summer holiday route to Majorca for the 2020 summer season[ and the renewal of the 2019 Burgas route also for 2020.

On 24 January 2020, the airport announced new flights to London City, Cardiff, Southampton, Isle of Man, Dublin, Belfast, and Aberdeen with Eastern Airways.

On 26 February 2020, it was announced that for the first time in 9 years, holiday flights would again operate to Alicante.


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