New hub 'would boost regional airport'

TAKING OFF: The penultimate Heathrow flight takes off from Durham Tees Valley Airport in March 2009

HUB HOPE: Durham Tees Valley Airport would benefit from a new hub airport in the South-East, a report has said

First published in Business News

A NEW airport hub in the South-East would invigorate a loss-making North-East site and create thousands of jobs, a report has claimed.

York Aviation and Oxford Economics published says a four-runway base would restore the vital link between London and Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA).

It says a regular service between DTVA and a hub airport would create more than 2,000 new jobs and pump £220m into the region’s economy.

Experts added DTVA would gain four flights a day to London by 2050 with a new hub airport.

The calls have received support from Darlington Business Club.

The airport lost its daily BMI service to Heathrow in 2009.

A spokesman for Darlington Business Club said: “It’s absolutely essential access directly to the heart of London is restored.

“Replacing Heathrow with a larger national hub would benefit our region, but only if it had protected slots for DTVA.”

The report comes as the Airports Commission, chaired by Sir Howard Davies, decides on airport expansion in the South-East.

Its shortlist includes potential new runways at Heathrow and Gatwick.

Louise Congdon, York Aviation managing partner, said: “There is no doubt a four-runway hub airport would provide the region with the best connectivity to the UK’s main international airport.”

Earlier this year, DTVA bosses published a rescue plan to ensure its survival, which includes aims to create 3,800 permanent jobs and support 450 posts during construction phases.

Between 250 and 400 homes are proposed for the site, with the sale of land for housing paying for other developments, including offices and warehousing.

The airport’s future had been called into question after a dramatic drop in passenger numbers and the loss of scheduled and charter flights.

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10:15am Tue 24 Jun 14

Teesflyer says...

2050!!! - DTVA will be lucky to see 2015
2050!!! - DTVA will be lucky to see 2015 Teesflyer
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4:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gramps427 says...

We could have a scheduled flight to London City Airport with connection throughout Europe as well as flights to the USA; and of course right into the heart of the City! 2050 is all well and good but we need it now for our business community to thrive and be in touch with the Global Economy. If Peel build those house's it will permanently reduce Tees Valley's capability to accept Scheduled and Charter flights; they have already reduced staff and services available to airlines. They need to work with Tees Valley Unlimited and the 5 Councils, who cheated the public by selling Tees Valley in the first place, to start a commuter airline based at Tees Valley that can give the Region a connection into the heart of London City & to access the Government Grants now available to protect the service. We are well placed to reach all parts of the Kingdom being situated almost in the middle; and we have good road & rail connections North, South & West. If we want new companies to come here we need a full range of transport facilities; while we have good road, rail and sea access we need to keep our airport open and welcoming to airlines and passengers alike.
We could have a scheduled flight to London City Airport with connection throughout Europe as well as flights to the USA; and of course right into the heart of the City! 2050 is all well and good but we need it now for our business community to thrive and be in touch with the Global Economy. If Peel build those house's it will permanently reduce Tees Valley's capability to accept Scheduled and Charter flights; they have already reduced staff and services available to airlines. They need to work with Tees Valley Unlimited and the 5 Councils, who cheated the public by selling Tees Valley in the first place, to start a commuter airline based at Tees Valley that can give the Region a connection into the heart of London City & to access the Government Grants now available to protect the service. We are well placed to reach all parts of the Kingdom being situated almost in the middle; and we have good road & rail connections North, South & West. If we want new companies to come here we need a full range of transport facilities; while we have good road, rail and sea access we need to keep our airport open and welcoming to airlines and passengers alike. gramps427
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