A FREQUENT flyer has launched a campaign to ‘save’ Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Suzanne Foster, of Potto, near Stokesley, created the Facebook page, Save Teesside Airport, to voice her concerns over a masterplan unveiled by the airport’s owner, Peel Holdings, which aims to secure the airport’s long term future.

The plans would see the development of 400 homes on land to the west and north of the terminal which officials say would generate millions of pounds of investment to put back into the airport.

Mrs Foster, 69, said: “I travel a lot and get so frustrated that we cannot use Teesside Airport.

“Teesside has got excellent transport links which others, like Leeds Bradford, do not have, and has one of the longest runways in the country and a better weather record.

“There are so many people around here who feel the airport has been left to disappear.”

The Facebook page was set up about a week ago and has already received hundreds of messages of support.

It comes just weeks after Middlesbrough councillor, Chris Hobson, launched a petition calling on the Government to safeguard the airport.

Mrs Foster has also written to local MPs, Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport, travel companies and Virgin boss, Sir Richard Branson, to help find a way forward for the airport.

She is also urging people to attend a public meeting hosted by the Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport at 7pm on Friday, March 7, in the Pot and Glass, in Church Road, Egglescliffe.

For more information on the campaign visit facebook.com and search Save Teesside Airport.