More than 200 people sign petition over the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport

The Northern Echo: A petition has been launched calling on the government to secure the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport A petition has been launched calling on the government to secure the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport

A PETITION has been launched calling on the Government to safeguard the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Peel Holdings, the airport owners, recently unveiled a masterplan which includes selling nearby land for the development of 400 houses.

This, coupled with the cancellation of Thomson/First Choice and Balkan Holidays services from summer 2014, has prompted some concern among the public that Peel Holdings is not concentrating efforts into bringing more flights to DTVA.

Chris Hobson of Middlesbrough set up a petition titled ‘Keep open Teesside Airport’, expressing his view that the airport was being lost “for no reason” and that it should be offering more destinations to be a real alternative to Newcastle Airport.

The petition, which can be found at change.org, has attracted 250 signatures since it was launched a month ago, and many supporters have commented that they would use DTVA more often if there were more flights from it.

Peel Holdings have previously stated that money generated from any housing development on their land would generate millions of pounds to re-invest in the airport and they are not planning to close it down.

It still operates flights to Aberdeen and Schiphol but the focus for the airport’s future is to move away from it being a traditional transport hub towards becoming a more commercially-focused operation.

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7:58pm Fri 31 Jan 14

gramps427 says...

The people & businesses of The Tees Valley need a transport hub to help this part of the region flourish; Peel do not care about the people of this area or even of the companies currently using the airport. Peel are not even partners with Tees Valley Unlimited unlike Tees Port and the rail companies. They have chased away 4 airlines and are using underhand tactics against companies they want rid of from Tees Valley Airport; we need the Government to step in and take a good look at Peel's actions and intentions as they are anti competitive and possibly in breach of CAA regulations. Peel are not friends of this region and have failed to put in the investment they claimed they would when they bought the airport well below its value.
The people & businesses of The Tees Valley need a transport hub to help this part of the region flourish; Peel do not care about the people of this area or even of the companies currently using the airport. Peel are not even partners with Tees Valley Unlimited unlike Tees Port and the rail companies. They have chased away 4 airlines and are using underhand tactics against companies they want rid of from Tees Valley Airport; we need the Government to step in and take a good look at Peel's actions and intentions as they are anti competitive and possibly in breach of CAA regulations. Peel are not friends of this region and have failed to put in the investment they claimed they would when they bought the airport well below its value. gramps427

8:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

roaduser98 says...

Just close it and build much needed houses on the site. We don't need this airport for the few 'well heeled' users of the facilities provided to Amsterdam etc.
Just close it and build much needed houses on the site. We don't need this airport for the few 'well heeled' users of the facilities provided to Amsterdam etc. roaduser98

5:14am Sat 1 Feb 14

snudge says...

What a laugh! Don't the fools know that PETITIONS WITH 200 NAMES DON'T WORK save our time and money give it to charity
What a laugh! Don't the fools know that PETITIONS WITH 200 NAMES DON'T WORK save our time and money give it to charity snudge

7:40am Sat 1 Feb 14

Colcat says...

snudge wrote:
What a laugh! Don't the fools know that PETITIONS WITH 200 NAMES DON'T WORK save our time and money give it to charity
Give a petition to charity? How would that work? It's not the same as money, you know!
[quote][p][bold]snudge[/bold] wrote: What a laugh! Don't the fools know that PETITIONS WITH 200 NAMES DON'T WORK save our time and money give it to charity[/p][/quote]Give a petition to charity? How would that work? It's not the same as money, you know! Colcat

8:17am Sat 1 Feb 14

darloboss says...

darlington needs a large retail park to save people driving to tindale cos no one uses the town centre and now it seems we need housing the one thing we dont need is an airport
darlington needs a large retail park to save people driving to tindale cos no one uses the town centre and now it seems we need housing the one thing we dont need is an airport darloboss

9:18am Sat 1 Feb 14

Darloresident says...

darloboss wrote:
darlington needs a large retail park to save people driving to tindale cos no one uses the town centre and now it seems we need housing the one thing we dont need is an airport
In 2006 nearly a million passengers used the airport.. There were plenty of destinations and more planned.In fact the Airport was envisiging passenger numbers of up to 3 million and had plans on the table to expand the airport to service those numbers.
Lets be totally clear here. Peel holdings actions so far are NOT in line with ensuring a vibrant airport with lots of destinations.The fact is that Peel told Thomson and Balkan Holidays they were NOT WANTED.Anyone with half a brain can surely see what Peel are up to.This airport is bing slowly smothered by Peel and eventually so few people will be using it that Peel can then blame the low passenger numbers to toatally close it and use the land for residential and commercial purposes.Shame on Local MPs and Councils for sitting on their hands and watching its demise without comment..Peel mus be sniggering up their sleeves..
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: darlington needs a large retail park to save people driving to tindale cos no one uses the town centre and now it seems we need housing the one thing we dont need is an airport[/p][/quote]In 2006 nearly a million passengers used the airport.. There were plenty of destinations and more planned.In fact the Airport was envisiging passenger numbers of up to 3 million and had plans on the table to expand the airport to service those numbers. Lets be totally clear here. Peel holdings actions so far are NOT in line with ensuring a vibrant airport with lots of destinations.The fact is that Peel told Thomson and Balkan Holidays they were NOT WANTED.Anyone with half a brain can surely see what Peel are up to.This airport is bing slowly smothered by Peel and eventually so few people will be using it that Peel can then blame the low passenger numbers to toatally close it and use the land for residential and commercial purposes.Shame on Local MPs and Councils for sitting on their hands and watching its demise without comment..Peel mus be sniggering up their sleeves.. Darloresident

11:01am Sat 1 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

Darloresident - spot on.
Darloresident - spot on. David Lacey

1:01pm Sat 1 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

It is a great idea in principle but alas with no flights what use is it?
Peel and the associated councils should be investigated as to how they have allowed this to develope into the debacle it has. PEEp is only interested in talking to developers and the councils are right behind them.
I have said it before if flights were to be found and regular flights at that it might have a chance, but alas with what PEEl charge to land and the handling it is virtually on a par with Heathrow WHY?
It is a great idea in principle but alas with no flights what use is it? Peel and the associated councils should be investigated as to how they have allowed this to develope into the debacle it has. PEEp is only interested in talking to developers and the councils are right behind them. I have said it before if flights were to be found and regular flights at that it might have a chance, but alas with what PEEl charge to land and the handling it is virtually on a par with Heathrow WHY? oliviaden6

6:17am Mon 3 Feb 14

SirLance says...

Wasting your time people! poor access, poor check in , rude security check and an airport departures tax ! This has run down been planned well in advance ! Kiss the complete shambles of an airport and service goodbye! peel aren't 'sniggering', they're laughing at the 'steal of the decade'. They will be buying their residential houses in Spain from this deal! They won't need yearly holidays like poor honest folk!
Wasting your time people! poor access, poor check in , rude security check and an airport departures tax ! This has run down been planned well in advance ! Kiss the complete shambles of an airport and service goodbye! peel aren't 'sniggering', they're laughing at the 'steal of the decade'. They will be buying their residential houses in Spain from this deal! They won't need yearly holidays like poor honest folk! SirLance

1:03pm Mon 3 Feb 14

youcantdenythetruth says...

Just close it. It's little more than an airstrip these days anyway. There is no room for this airport with others so close. So take off the rose tinted glasses please, it's no longer a viable business.
Just close it. It's little more than an airstrip these days anyway. There is no room for this airport with others so close. So take off the rose tinted glasses please, it's no longer a viable business. youcantdenythetruth

9:15am Tue 4 Feb 14

Praetorian says...

Don't know why you didn't include a link to the petition - so here it is:

http://www.change.or
g/en-GB/petitions/da
vid-cameron-keep-ope
n-teesside-airport
Don't know why you didn't include a link to the petition - so here it is: http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/da vid-cameron-keep-ope n-teesside-airport Praetorian

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