Durham Tees Valley Airport

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Coordinates: 54°30′33″N 001°25′46″W / 54.50917°N 1.42944°W / 54.50917; -1.42944

Durham Tees Valley Airport
Dtv terminal.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Peel Investments (DTVA) Ltd (89%)
Local Authorities (11%)
Operator Durham Tees Valley Airport Ltd.
Serves North East England, North Yorkshire
Location Darlington, England
Elevation AMSL 120 ft / 37 m
Coordinates 54°30′33″N 001°25′46″W / 54.50917°N 1.42944°W / 54.50917; -1.42944 (Durham Tees Valley Airport)
Website durhamteesvalleyairport.com
EGNV is located in County Durham
Location in County Durham
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,291 7,516 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 161,092
Passenger change 12-13 Decrease3.1%
Aircraft Movements 18,298
Movements change 12-13 Increase2.0%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Durham Tees Valley Airport (IATA: MMEICAO: EGNV) is an international airport located in Darlington, North East England. About 10 mi (16 km) south-west of Middlesbrough and 24 mi (39 km) south of Durham. The airport serves County Durham, Teesside and parts of North Yorkshire, and is situated close to the village of Middleton St George in the Borough of Darlington. The airport is still widely recognised by its previous name, Teesside International Airport.

Durham Tees Valley Airport is one of the United Kingdom's smaller airports, offering links to three domestic/European destinations. The airport has a CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence (number P518) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers and for flying instruction. Originally an RAF Station, the airfield became Teesside International Airport in the 1960s and was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport in 2004.

The majority shareholder in the airport is Peel Investments (DTVA) Ltd which owns 89%, while the remaining 11% is owned by a consortium of local authorities, consisting of County Durham, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils.


RAF station[edit]

The airfield began its life in 1941 as Royal Air Force Station RAF Middleton St. George. The RAF station was closed in 1963 and the airfield was put up for sale.

Teesside International[edit]

The former RAF Station and airfield was purchased by the former Cleveland County Council, which saw the potential of the airfield as a commercial one, and developed it into a civil airport. The first flight from the airport took place in 1964 with a Mercury Airlines service to Manchester. Princess Margaretha of Sweden opened the international passenger terminal in 1966.

Passengers boarding a British Midland Viscount 813 in 1987
British Midland Douglas DC-9s at the airport in 1994

After flights to Manchester the airport continued to develop a small yet strong network of both scheduled and inclusive tour charter routes. In November 1969 the first flight to London Heathrow was operated by British Midland—this route continued operating until 28 March 2009.

In 1974, the shares were divided between the newly formed Cleveland and Durham County Councils.[3]

1990 saw the one millionth aircraft movement at the airport, in the form of a British Midland service to London Heathrow. In 1996 when Cleveland County Council was abolished, the airport ownership was divided amongst local Borough Councils.

In 2002 the airport sought a strategic partner to assist with future development and Peel Airports Ltd was selected as the preferred company, taking a 75% stake in the airport with a commitment to invest £20m over the subsequent five years.

Durham Tees Valley Airport[edit]

Map showing location of Durham Tees Valley Airport

On 21 September 2004 the airport was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport as part of a major redevelopment plan. The renaming was unpopular with many local residents.[4] The name was changed in order to place the airport better geographically, as many of the airport's passengers, particularly those from outside the UK, were unfamiliar with the location of Teesside, whilst Durham is better known.

Shortly afterwards, a new access road, terminal front and terminal interior were completed, but the remainder of a planned £56 million expansion and development programme which would have enabled the airport to handle up to 3 million passengers annually never materialised due to the above mentioned decrease in passenger numbers.[5][6][7][8] Other minor developments have seen new airfield lighting installed and during 2012, six-figure sums spent revamping the terminal building and renovating one of the World War II-era hangars.

Passenger numbers peaked in 2006 when the airport was used by 917,963 passengers, but declined to 161,092 in 2013, the lowest level seen at the airport since 1972.[2]

In 2010, Vancouver Airport Services purchased a controlling 65% stake in Peel Airports Ltd and in December 2011, Peel Airports placed the airport up for sale,[9] sparking fear of closure amongst the staff and local population.

In November 2010 the airport introduced a passenger levy of £6 to curb the airport's losses.[10] Passengers must purchase a ticket from a machine before being allowed to proceed through security.[11] Similar schemes are already in place at other small English airports including Blackpool, Newquay and Norwich.[10] Passenger numbers during 2011 were 15% lower compared to 2010.

On 11 January 2011, Ryanair left the airport after ending service to Alicante Airport, the airline had previously served Dublin Airport, Girona Airport and Rome Ciampino Airport, they left the airport due to the Passenger Facility Fee. On 14 December 2011, Peel Airports Ltd put their 75% stake in the airport up for sale.[9]

On 10 February 2012, The Peel group purchased their 75% share back under a new subsidiary, Peel Investments (DTVA) Ltd.[12]

On 30 October 2013, the airport announced it would no longer accept charter flights[13] as part of cost-cutting plans that will see the airport diversify into a business airport. The airport stated it would instead focus on scheduled routes and non-passenger related aviation such as cargo/general aviation. The news is part of a Master Plan for the airport site, including residential and commercial development, released in November 2013.[14]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Eastern Airways Aberdeen
Flybe Seasonal: Jersey
operated by KLM Cityhopper

General aviation[edit]

Cobham Aviation Services[edit]

Durham Tees Valley is a base for Cobham plc which has a fleet of six Dassault Falcon 20s based at the airport. Cobham's Durham Tees Valley aircraft fly electronic countermeasure flights for the Royal Air Force and other NATO air forces. These aircraft can be found on exercise, usually around the UK or Europe.

Emergency aviation[edit]

The Great North Air Ambulance has a single Aerospatiale AS365 Dauphin II based at the airport. Cleveland Police has its Air Operations Unit based in the form of a Eurocopter EC135.

Engineering and maintenance[edit]

Sycamore Aviation is a company that specialises in aircraft salvage and recycling, also offering maintenance, repair and overhaul ("MRO"), and aircraft parking and storage. The company has operated at the airport since late 2011, initially in hangar 4, but has since moved into hangar 1.[15]

Flying schools[edit]

There is a single fixed wing flying school based at the airport; Durham Tees Flight Training. They recently purchased St. George Flight Training which was also based at Durham Tees Valley Airport, making it the largest flight training school in the North East. In a further purchase, they've also ordered a factory new CZAW PS-28 Cruiser for delivery in Spring 2014 and they will become the North of England Flight and Distribution Centre for the type.[16]

Gordon Wilson Microlights[edit]

Gordon Wilson Microlights is a new start-up microlight flying school opening at the airport during early 2015.[17]

IAS Medical[edit]

IAS Medical have an aircraft based at the airport specialising in ambulance flights.

NAL Asset Management (Naljets)[edit]

NAL Asset Management, also known as Naljets, are a relatively new private charter firm with a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and Diamond DA42 Twin Star permanently based at the airport. The C172 operates for a subsidiary company 'Airfotos Ltd'[18] whilst the DA42 offers Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-Engine Licence in association with another company based elsewhere. Additionally, NAL Asset Management have three corporate jets, a Bombardier Challenger 350, Bombardier Challenger 605 and a IAI/Gulfstream G200 Galaxy which are temporarily based at the airport from time to time.[19]

The majority of their fleet are registered after characters from the movie The Lion King (C172 "G-NALA", DA42 "G-ZAZU" and Challenger 350 "G-SCAR"), small decals of the characters are usually applied to the aircraft.

Private Owners Group[edit]

A number of private single and twin piston fixed wing and rotary aircraft are based at the airport, based in Hangar 3.


Serco has its International Fire Training Centre based in a remote corner of the airport. It has a number of retired aircraft fuselages as well as metal mock-ups used for training aviation fire-fighters from across the world.


Skydive St. George operates from Durham Tees Valley Airport. It is a registered BPA dropzone and opened on Saturday 5 April 2014 after the location was cleared by the British Parachute Association for Tandem parachutists and B Licence parachutists with a minimum of 100 jumps.


Passengers and movements[edit]

Durham Tees Valley Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2013 (thousands)
Updated: 15 May 2014[2]
Number of Passengers Aircraft Movements Cargo
2000 746,983 54,625 3,011
2001 733,617 58,494 1,926
2002 671,131 52,276 1,006
2003 704,269 51,976 1,087
2004 788,382 49,529 484
2005 900,035 51,714 363
2006 917,963 55,788 457
2007 743,727 57,515 786
2008 654,192 45,310 290
2009 289,464 25,208 298
2010 224,673 20,756 0
2011 192,410 20,879 3
2012 166,251 17,938 0
161,092 18,298 0
Source: CAA Official Statistics[20]


Busiest routes to and from Durham Tees Valley Airport (2013)
Rank Airport passengers  % change
2012 / 13
Airlines that operate this route (if still operated)
1  NetherlandsAmsterdam Schiphol 98,035 Decrease 3 KLM Cityhopper
2  United KingdomAberdeen 32,732 Decrease 2 Eastern Airways
3  SpainPalma de Mallorca 8,880 Decrease 2 No longer operated (formerly Thomson airways)
4  SpainAlicante 6,342 Decrease 18 No longer operated (formerly Thomson airways)
5  SpainTenerife South 5,682 Decrease 29 No longer operated (formerly Thomson airways)
6  JerseyJersey 1,914 Increase 9 Flybe
7  GermanyHamburg 1,541 Increase No longer operated
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority [2]

The busiest routes from 2013 which are no longer operated were mostly operated by Thomson Airways, when it served the airport.

Ground transport[edit]


The axed Sky Express bus service

The Sky Express bus service was launched in May 2005 and connected the airport with Darlington's Rail Station and Town Hall. Travel was free for bona-fide passengers. The service ran up to every hour during the day and was operated by Arriva North East. The service ceased operation on 25 January 2009.

Arriva North East presently operates services 12 and 20. Bus 12 runs from Hurworth/Neasham and Darlington to the airport. The 12 runs every hour at 00:47 from the airport terminal, providing links to Darlington only; The extension of service 12 between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Teesside was withdrawn as a result of cancellation of Stockton Council financial support .[21]


The airport is situated off the A67 and is within easy reach of the A1(M), A19, A66 corridors, it is well signposted from all major routes (sometimes as Teesside Airport). A significant upgrade to complete a fast link direct to the airport from the A66 was completed in 2008.[22]


Whilst the airport has its own railway station which continues the name Teesside Airport, rail links are poor as this remote station, some distance from the terminal building, is now served by only two trains per week. The station is a 15-minute walk from the airport terminal and is not mentioned on the airport's website.[23]

Dinsdale railway station in the nearby village of Middleton St George is the closest station with regular passenger services.

A new station could be built closer to the terminal, as part of the Tees Valley Metro project.[24] The Peel Group made its call for infrastructure improvements days after a report showed Teesside Airport station served just 14 passengers in a whole year.[25]


Taxis are available directly outside the airport terminal.


On 3 September 2012, a volunteer support group for the airport, named FoDTVA ("Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport") was launched. Run by a committee of local aviation enthusiasts and members of the public, with support from the airport management and owners, their aim is to promote, support and assist Durham Tees Valley Airport whenever and wherever possible. They charge a £12 per year membership fee to cover the costs of running the group, with any excess being donated to on-site charity the Great North Air Ambulance. The scheme is based on existing, established and similarly-named schemes at Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool John Lennon Airports. The scheme was launched to the press on 19 November 2012. One of FoDTVA's first projects was to bring back an air show to the airport for summer 2013 after a 24-year hiatus, but due to a loss of operational support, the show was cancelled. [26][27]


  1. ^ Durham Tees Valley - EGNV
  2. ^ a b c UK Annual Airport Statistics
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Airport asked public to pay for new signs". The Northern Echo. 
  5. ^ "Airport's £1.3m revamp approved". BBC News (bbc.co.uk). 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Durham Tees Valley Airport oppose new hotel plans". UK Airport News (UK Airport News). 2007-07-27. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 
  7. ^ "Durham Tees Valley Airport hotel plans approved". UK Airport News (UK Airport News). 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 
  8. ^ "War of words over new Durham Tees Valley Airport hotel". UK Airport News (UK Airport News). 2007-08-04. Retrieved 2007-09-16. 
  9. ^ a b Cook, Paul (2011-12-14). "Durham Tees Valley Airport up for sale". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  10. ^ a b "Passengers charged to use Durham Tees Valley Airport". BBC News. 2010-10-15. 
  11. ^ http://www.durhamteesvalleyairport.com/airport-information/passenger-facility-fee-pff.html
  12. ^ "Durham Tees Valley Airport passes back into Peel Group ownership". The Northern Echo. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Durham Tees Valley Airport confirms end of charter flights". The Northern Echo. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "Durham Tees Valley Airport plan promises 4,000 jobs". BBC News. 17 November 2013. 
  15. ^ http://www.sycamoreaviation.co.uk
  16. ^ http://www.dtft.co.uk/news.asp?id=93
  17. ^ "Gordon Wilson Microlights". 
  18. ^ "AirFotos". 
  19. ^ "Naljets". 
  20. ^ UK Airport Statistics
  21. ^ ArrivaBus website: 12 - Hurworth - Darlington - Trees Park Village/Durham Tees-Valley Airport
  22. ^ "Airport welcomes road improvement". BBC News (bbc.co.uk). 2007-02-05. Retrieved 2007-03-10. 
  23. ^ "Welcome to the north's forgotten railway station". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "Tees Valley Metro" (PDF). Darlington Transport Forum. 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  25. ^ http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/10401134.Transport_hub_needed_at_Durham_Tees_Valley_if_passengers_are_to_return__airport_owners_claim/?ref=nt
  26. ^ http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2013/02/13/teesside-airshow-plans-shelved-due-to-a-lack-of-support-84229-32801533/
  27. ^ http://www.fodtva.co.uk

External links[edit]

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