Flights boost for Durham Tees Valley

Durham Tees Valley Airport has just announced a series of new flights, in the hope of attracting an extra 18,000 passengers to the North East airport. Thompson Airways plans several new journeys that will start in November including the first Durham Tees Valley departures to Sharm el-Sheikh.
This news will come as a boost to the Darlington based airport which has been affected by cuts in services from some of the budget flight operators. Just last week the airport had released a statement saying that a review of operations would ultimately lead to job losses. Peel Group Holdings, the owners of the airport, announced it was cutting staff and working hours to “create financial stability” in tough financial times.
One airport spokesperson stated that “New flights to Sharm el-Sheikh and Tenerife will each add 9,000 passengers. We’re sure that there will be a very positive response to the introduction of flights to Sharm el-Sheikh which is now recognised as a world-class holiday resort.”
Sharm el-Sheikh is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations with thousands of tourists heading to the resort every year. The combination of ancient Egyptian tourist spots and modern, luxury surroundings attract travellers from all over the world.
These new flights are due to start in November; Thompson’s are also reinstating services to Alicante and Tenerife. This is a fantastic start to the year for Durham Tees Valley Airport, over the past few years many flight operators have axed or significantly reduced flights out of the North East airport. With the introduction of a service to Sharm el-Sheikh, the future is definitely looking up!

Author: Frank Lumley
Date: 19/01/10

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