NEW flights have been announced between Teesside and London.

The service will operate to Heathrow Airport from next month.

The daily service will start on September 14.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: "It clearly demonstrates that Teesside is back on the map. We are gaining new flights when other airports are losing their flights. 

"It's a fantastic achievement."

The service means passengers from Teesside can connect to more that 180 destinations in 84 locations across the world.

The flights, which are operated by Eastern Airways, will start at £54.99.

Roger Hage, general manager commercial and operations for Eastern Airways, said: "As the UK's regional airline, the opportunity for Eastern Airways to connect Teesside to London Heathrow, the UK's primary hub for worldwide connections is significant in the region's economic prosperity and economic recovery."