Five years after Ben Houchen brought Teesside International Airport back into public ownership here are the highs and lows of the entire process.

It has come a long way from the failing airport that was taken on in December 2018.

The pandemic hit the project particularly hard but it has since bounced back with busy periods during the summer months, recording record passenger numbers between January and September 2023.

Last week the airport was voted best UK Airport for Leisure Travel at the British Travel Awards.

Here is the full timeline of events as they have developed:

The Tees Valley Mayor still has another five years left of his 10 year plan to make the airport a success.

There are not many regular flights from the destination but there are a number of summer flights to popular holiday spots.

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Here are the flights you can currently take from Teesside International Airport this Christmas and next year: