Durham Tees Valley Airport
|Durham Tees Valley Airport|
|Owner||Peel Airports Ltd (89%)
Local Authorities (11%)
|Operator||Durham Tees Valley Airport Ltd.|
|Serves||County Durham, North Yorkshire|
|Elevation AMSL||120 ft / 37 m|
Durham Tees Valley Airport (IATA: MME, ICAO: EGNV) is an international airport located just east of Darlington in County Durham, 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 and North Yorkshire, and is situated close to the village of Middleton St George in County Durham.
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, though it is still commonly known by its previous name.
The majority shareholder in the airport is Peel Airports 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Airlines and destinations
- 3 General aviation
- 4 Traffic statistics
- 5 Ground transport
- 6 Airport Master Plan
- 7 FoDTVA
- 8 Skylive
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The airfield began its life in 1941 as Royal Air Force Station Middleton St. George or RAF Goosepool as known to the locals (though it has never officially held that name). It was home to many Canadian squadrons during WWII. Bombing missions from the station included those to Berlin, Hanover, Kassel, Mannheim and Munich. Post war it was home to the English Electric Lightning conversion unit and Javelin Squadrons. The RAF station was closed in 1963 and the airfield was put up for sale.
The former RAF Station and airfield was then developed into a civil airport. The first civilian flight from the airport took place in April 1964 with a Mercury Airlines service to Manchester. Princess Margaretha of Sweden opened the international passenger terminal in 1966.
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.
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. Working to a new Business Plan, passenger numbers grew steadily from 1993, up to the sale of the airport in 2002, based upon an expanding holiday charter business.
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
On 21 September 2004 the airport was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport as part of a major redevelopment plan. 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 falling passenger numbers after 2006. 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.
As indicated above, passenger numbers peaked in 2006 when the airport was used by 917,963 passengers, but numbers declined to 161,092 in 2013, the lowest level seen at the airport since 1972.
In November 2010 the airport introduced a passenger levy of £6 to curb the airport's losses. Passengers must purchase a ticket from a machine before being allowed to proceed through security. Similar schemes are already in place at other small English airports including Blackpool, Newquay and Norwich. 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 decided to leave the airport prior the introduction of the Passenger Facility Fee. On 14 December 2011, Peel Airports Ltd put their 75% stake in the airport up for sale.
On 10 February 2012, The Peel group purchased their 75% share back under a new subsidiary, Peel Investments (DTVA) Ltd.
On 30 October 2013, the airport announced it would no longer focus on charter flights 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 (see section below).
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Durham Tees Valley Airport:
|KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
operated by KLM Cityhopper
The airport is used for General Aviation as well as scheduled flights.
Cobham Aviation Services
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.
Engineering and maintenance
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.
Flying Fox Aviation
Flying Fox Aviation offer single and twin engine light aircraft for rent or sale, primarily from Bagby Airfield near Thirsk, but also operate from Durham Tees Valley. Eden Flight Training lease some of their fleet from Flying Fox.
There are two fixed-wing light aircraft flying schools and a fixed-wing microlight flying school based at the airport.
PTT Aviation (PTT = "Pilot Training & Testing") is the largest flying school in the North East, and was recently formed by the purchase of the flight training arm of Multiflight at Leeds/Bradford Airport followed by Durham Tees Flight Training and Northumbria Flying School in September 2016. Durham Tees Flight Training had themselves recently purchased St. George Flight Training who were also based at Durham Tees Valley Airport. The owner of PTT Aviation is jet charter firm NAL Asset Management, aka Naljets, which was formed from the ashes of Northern Aviation who owned Cleveland Flying School, both based at Durham Tees Valley, making the whole takeover a homecoming of sorts.
Eden Flight Training
IAS Medical have two Beech 200 King Air aircraft based at the airport specialising in ambulance flights, usually patient or organ transfers.
Private Owners Group
A number of private single and twin piston fixed wing and rotary aircraft are based at the airport in Hangars 1 and 3.
Scenic Air Tours North East
New May 2017 start-up company offering pleasure flights around the region.
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.
Thales Flight Inspection
Passengers and movements
The airport saw strong growth from 1993 to 2006, when passenger numbers peaked at 917,963. Passenger numbers declined steeply in the subsequent four years due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010, and continued to fall albeit more slowly with a total of 140,902 passengers passing through the airport in 2015 (the lowest total since 1972). Cargo volumes have also slowly declined since 2000, to effectively zero tonnage. The airport is currently focussing on its "core" business flights which have shown slight increases in passenger numbers (% change from 2013 to 2014).
|Updated: 17 March 2017|
2015 / 16
Arriva North East presently operates service 12. Bus 12 runs from Hurworth and Darlington to the airport every hour. The extension of service 12 between Durham Tees Valley Airport and Teesside was withdrawn as a result of cancellation of Stockton Council financial support.
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.
The airport has its own railway station, which continues to use the name Teesside Airport. The station is located around 15 minutes walk from the terminal however, and is served by just two trains per week. It is not mentioned on the airport's website.
A new station was planned to be built closer to the terminal (within 350m), as part of the Tees Valley Metro project. However, the project has now been officially abandoned. 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.
Taxis are available directly outside the airport terminal.
Airport Master Plan
In November 2013, Peel Group released a master plan titled "Master Plan to 2020 and Beyond", covering the period up to 2050. This was followed up with a number of consultation events across the region with both the public and business community, the airport then took all feedback into consideration before releasing a final draft in April 2014.
Under the master plan, inclusive tour charter flights were axed, this is due to such flights being known to not make money for airports, with airports instead earning profit from duty free and car park charges etc., but in order to achieve this profit you need flights in large volume which DTVA has never had. The cornerstone of the master plan is a housing estate which will raise up to £30m to be reinvested back into the airport under a 'Section 106' agreement. This resulted in heavy opposition from the local public who fear the airport will eventually be closed to make way for further housing development, whilst supporters claim this is not the case, referencing most other airports which have more housing and often located closer to aprons and runways than what is being proposed at Durham Tees Valley. The houses received outline planning permission on 29 March 2017
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. FoDTVA are a nonprofit organisation and as such they charge a £12 per year membership fee to cover the costs of running the group. The scheme is based on existing, established and similarly-named schemes at Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool John Lennon Airports. The scheme was launched to the press on 19 November 2012.
Skylive Events host an annual air show at Durham Tees Valley Airport on the Saturday of the second May bank holiday weekend. FoDTVA initially attempted to bring back an air show for 2013 but despite at the last minute achieving their financial goal, Peel Group withdrew their support for the project. A year later two local businessmen approached FoDTVA with a view to restarting the project, which would eventually lead to the formation of Skylive, who planned a 2015 show but postponed the event until May 2016 with just two days to go due to the Shoreham Air Disaster. The 2016 event went on to be both a critical and commercial success and saw the return of an air show to the airport site after a 26-year hiatus.
- Durham Tees Valley - EGNV
- "UK airport data". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- Personal letters from Sgt A J Hodgkins and newspapaer obituary.
- "FoDTVA History". Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport Website. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Airport's £1.3m revamp approved". BBC News. bbc.co.uk. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
- "Durham Tees Valley Airport oppose new hotel plans". UK Airport News. UK Airport News. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2007.
- "Durham Tees Valley Airport hotel plans approved". UK Airport News. UK Airport News. 2 August 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2007.
- "War of words over new Durham Tees Valley Airport hotel". UK Airport News. UK Airport News. 4 August 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2007.
- Passenger, freight and mail volumes include both domestic and international, transit, arriving and departing counterparts.
- Cook, Paul (14 December 2011). "Durham Tees Valley Airport up for sale". The Northern Echo. Archived from the original on 16 November 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
- "Passengers charged to use Durham Tees Valley Airport". BBC News. 15 October 2010.
- "Ryanair axe last route from Durham Tees Valley". UK Airport News. UK Airport News. 20 December 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
- "Durham Tees Valley Airport passes back into Peel Group ownership". The Northern Echo. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
- "Durham Tees Valley Airport confirms end of charter flights". The Northern Echo. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
- "Arrivals and departures - Durham Tees Valley Airport".
- "Sycamore Aviation".
- "Durham Aerosports".
- "Eden Flight Training".
- "Scenic Air Tours North East".
- "Durham Tees Valley Airport 'moving in right direction' as business passengers rise 3%". Middlesbrough Gazette Live. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Airport Data 2016". UK Civil Aviation Authority. 3 March 2017. Tables 12.1(XLS) and 12.2 (XLS). Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- ArrivaBus website: 12 - Hurworth - Darlington - Trees Park Village/Durham Tees-Valley Airport
- "Airport welcomes road improvement". BBC News. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2007.
- "Welcome to the north's forgotten railway station". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
- "Tees Valley Metro" (PDF). Darlington Transport Forum. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
- "Transport hub needed at Durham Tees Valley if passengers are to return, airport owners claim". Northern Echo. 22 May 2013.
- "Master Plan to 2020 and Beyond".
- "Durham Tees Valley Airport plan promises 4,000 jobs". BBC News. 17 November 2013.
- "Homes plan backed for loss-making airport". BBC News. 29 March 2017.
- "Durham Tees Valley Air Show postponed for nine months after Shoreham tragedy". Northern Echo. 27 August 2015.
Media related to Durham Tees Valley Airport at Wikimedia Commons