Airport sees passenger numbers drop

AVIATION BASE: A plane flies over Durham Tees Valley Airport

AVIATION BASE: A plane flies over Durham Tees Valley Airport

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PASSENGER numbers at a loss-making airport have fallen again, according to official figures.

Latest figures show Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) welcomed 12,111 flyers in July, a 16.6 per cent drop on the same month last year.

The airport also catered for 347 flights in the month, down 9.6 per cent from 12 months ago.

However, bosses say the figures, released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), are representative of its marked shift away from holiday charter services.

They said the airport, which saw passenger numbers hit their peak in 2006 when nearly a million people used its terminal, is now focused on daily flights to Aberdeen and Amsterdam that are relied upon by business people.

They added like-for-like traffic between July 2013 and June 2014 stood at 140,922 passengers, which was a four per cent rise on the previous period.

Steve Gill, DTVA’s managing director, said the changes to flights would give the site a stronger base to operate.

He said: “We plan to re-position the airport to focus on business and general aviation.

“This will enable us to work towards expanding and diversifying our aviation and non-aviation activities across a broader base and grow back passenger services.

“This is envisaged to provide additional UK and global connections for the region’s business community who have a significant need to access international markets.”

The airport shocked passengers last year when it revealed it had scrapped all flights to summer holiday destinations for 2014, with schedules due to be operated by Thomson and First Choice axed.

Thomson operated charter flights to Alicante, Tenerife and Palma Mallorca, and had announced plans for a new service to Ibiza.

Earlier this year, DTVA bosses published a rescue plan to ensure its survival, focusing on developments on the north and south sides of the runway to add to existing activity in aircraft engineering and recycling, build up to 400 homes, and create a logistics and business park.

Mr Gill added: “The purchase of a significant development site on the north eastern edge of the airport demonstrates our commitment to deliver a long-term future for the airport so we can continue to make a positive contribution to the economy of the Tees Valley and beyond.”

The CAA figures also revealed Newcastle International Airport saw 4,428 flights in July, which was 0.6 per cent higher than the same time last year, with passenger numbers 1.8 per cent higher at 524,577.

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11:02am Wed 3 Sep 14

gramps427 says...

So Peel's plan to destroy the ability of Tees Valley Airport to serve the wider public of the Tees Valley and surrounding area is working. The 5 Councils who are responsible for selling our airport to a property developing Company has been a massive mistake and is seriously hurting our economy and future viability. They are still refusing to release documents relating to the sale of the airport under Freedom of Information which is a sure sign that they have betrayed the people who elected them. Peel are a monster conglomerate of over 200 separate companies that cares little about the future of this region; their only interest is in using public finance to boost their own profits building roads around the airport which they can then develop by building houses for profit which they claim will be used to develop the South side of the airport, eventually. They are looking to build thousands of homes in this region; yet they are destroying the very facilities and fabric of the region which would attract people & companies here and driving them away to the main North East Capital of Newcastle which has always been the aim of One North East and the Labour party members who ran it.
So Peel's plan to destroy the ability of Tees Valley Airport to serve the wider public of the Tees Valley and surrounding area is working. The 5 Councils who are responsible for selling our airport to a property developing Company has been a massive mistake and is seriously hurting our economy and future viability. They are still refusing to release documents relating to the sale of the airport under Freedom of Information which is a sure sign that they have betrayed the people who elected them. Peel are a monster conglomerate of over 200 separate companies that cares little about the future of this region; their only interest is in using public finance to boost their own profits building roads around the airport which they can then develop by building houses for profit which they claim will be used to develop the South side of the airport, eventually. They are looking to build thousands of homes in this region; yet they are destroying the very facilities and fabric of the region which would attract people & companies here and driving them away to the main North East Capital of Newcastle which has always been the aim of One North East and the Labour party members who ran it. gramps427
  • Score: 6

2:14pm Wed 3 Sep 14

tzy says...

There are No flights anymore to the popular destinations that used to be available.it is a shame that every year flights and destinations have been cut,leaving people with no choice to use newcastle and leeds bradford.why can no one can stop this from happening to a lovely airport ,which seems to be getting run down and down until they'll say it's not profitable to stay open.we have used alternative airports 3 times this year and I know of a lot of people who also would use it ,if they had the flights available .
There are No flights anymore to the popular destinations that used to be available.it is a shame that every year flights and destinations have been cut,leaving people with no choice to use newcastle and leeds bradford.why can no one can stop this from happening to a lovely airport ,which seems to be getting run down and down until they'll say it's not profitable to stay open.we have used alternative airports 3 times this year and I know of a lot of people who also would use it ,if they had the flights available . tzy
  • Score: 3

10:22pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Mach.86 says...

As a former MME-LHR commuter during the BMA scheduled flights era I am appalled to learn of the sad decline of Teesside Airport. Building 400 homes on airport property is NOT the way to promote facility expansion, or to attract scheduled air carriers and charter operators. For a start, get rid of the current management/authority and bring back the old name. Contact your political representatives and let them know you want expanded scheduled and charter air service to London, and to other destinations on the Continent!
As a former MME-LHR commuter during the BMA scheduled flights era I am appalled to learn of the sad decline of Teesside Airport. Building 400 homes on airport property is NOT the way to promote facility expansion, or to attract scheduled air carriers and charter operators. For a start, get rid of the current management/authority and bring back the old name. Contact your political representatives and let them know you want expanded scheduled and charter air service to London, and to other destinations on the Continent! Mach.86
  • Score: 3

6:38pm Fri 12 Sep 14

Rover13 says...

Newcastle airport are millions in debt, and get more support from northeast councils. The northern echo also appears to be biased in its reporting.
Newcastle airport are millions in debt, and get more support from northeast councils. The northern echo also appears to be biased in its reporting. Rover13
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