Teesside International Airport

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

Teesside International Airport
Teesside International Airport logo.svg
Teesside International Airport 2019 branding.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerTees Valley Combined Authority (75%)
Stobart Aviation (25%)
OperatorStobart Aviation
ServesNorth East, North Yorkshire
LocationDarlington, England
Hub for
Elevation AMSL120 ft / 37 m
Coordinates54°30′33″N 001°25′46″W / 54.50917°N 1.42944°W / 54.50917; -1.42944 (Teesside International Airport)
EGNV is located in County Durham
Location in County Durham
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,291 7,516 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-19Increase6.1%
Aircraft Movements16,746
Movements change 18-19Decrease1.2%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Teesside International Airport (IATA: MME, ICAO: EGNV), previously Durham Tees Valley Airport, is an international airport located on the River Tees's north side, between east Darlington and west Stockton-on-Tees, Northern England. It is about 10 mi (16 km) south-west of Middlesbrough centre. The airport serves mainly County Durham and North Yorkshire.

It is one of the United Kingdom's smallest airports, offering links to seven domestic and five European destinations. The airport has a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Public Use Aerodrome Licence (number P518) that allows flights for the public transport of passengers and for flying instruction. Tees Valley Combined Authority owns three-quarters of the airport and Stobart Aviation owns the other quarter.[3]

Originally Royal Air Force (RAF) station Middleton St George, the airfield became Teesside International Airport in 1964. It was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport from 2004-2019. 'Teesside Airport' was common on local road signs that were either placed before 2004 or on signs with not much space for the then airport name. A poll indicated 93% of locals preferred the airport to be reverted to its previous name of Teesside International Airport, the reversion occurred on 25 July 2019.


RAF station[edit]

The airfield began its life in January 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 the most northerly of all Bomber Command airfields, home to many Canadian squadrons during WWII.[4] Bombing missions from the station included those to Berlin, Hanover, Kassel, Mannheim and Munich.[5][6] Post war it was home to the English Electric Lightning conversion unit and Javelin Squadrons. In 1957, the runway was extended to its current length of 7516ft (2291m). The RAF station was closed in 1963 and the airfield was put up for sale.

Teesside International Airport[edit]

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

The former RAF Station and airfield was then developed into a civil airport. The first civilian flight from the newly named Tees-side Airport took place on 18 April 1964 with a Mercury Airlines service to Manchester. The airport's name was altered to Tees-side International Airport soon after (the hyphen eventually disappearing years later).[7] On 1 November 1966, the international passenger terminal was opened by Princess Margaretha of Sweden.[8]

The IATA code for the new airport was determined as MME, referencing Middleton St. George (MSG was already in Use), an earlier proposed name for the facility.[9]

After flights to Manchester, the airport continued to develop a 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.[10]

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[edit]

On 21 September 2004 the airport was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport as part of a major redevelopment plan. The reasons given for the name change were that it placed 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 was 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.[11][12][13][14] 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. However, since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, numbers declined to 130,911 in 2017 before starting to rise again in 2018.

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.[15]

In November 2010 the airport introduced a passenger levy of £6 to curb the airport's losses.[16] Passengers must purchase a ticket from a machine before being allowed to proceed through security.[17] Similar schemes are already in place at other small English airports including Blackpool, Newquay and Norwich.[16] Passenger numbers during 2011 were 15% lower compared to 2010.

On 11 January 2011, Ryanair left the airport after ending service to Alicante Airport, having previously served Dublin Airport, Girona Airport and Rome Ciampino Airport. They decided to leave the airport before the introduction of the Passenger Facility Fee.[18] On 14 December 2011, Peel Airports Ltd put their 75% stake in the airport up for sale.[15]

On 10 February 2012, The Peel Group purchased their 75% share back under a new subsidiary, Peel Investments (DTVA) Ltd.[19]

On 30 October 2013, the airport announced it would no longer focus on charter flights[20] 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.

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.[21][22]

Under the master plan, inclusive tour charter flights were axed as unprofitable.[20] 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.[clarification needed] 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.[23]

On 18 May 2017, Durham Tees Valley Airport announced significant investment to the airport's terminal facilities. Alongside extensive renovations in the departures area, improved retail services were introduced under the new 'Xpress' brand. The first phase of investment was completed in September 2017, with the second phase starting in Autumn 2017. The airport's Privilege Membership Club also faced improvements for passenger service upgrades.[24]

Later in May 2017, Durham Tees Valley Airport also introduced a new ground handling service with Consort Aviation. Ground handling services are provided for general aviation and military aircraft.[25]

On 7 August 2017, Loganair announced the introduction of two new services to Aberdeen and Norwich. The new service to Aberdeen introduced competition at the airport due to further investment on a route that is already served, including three flights on weekdays along with one flight on Sundays. The new route to Norwich operated six times a week [26] before being dropped in January 2018. The Aberdeen service was also dropped from 16 March 2018.

During November 2017, the airport launched its Flying For The Future campaign to try and build support towards the airport and encourage more people to use the facility.[27]

2018 takeover[edit]

On 4 December 2018, the Mayor of the Tees Valley Ben Houchen announced a £40 million deal had been agreed to buy Peel Airport's 89% majority shareholding in Durham Tees Valley Airport (made up of £35m for the airport and £5m for land with planning permission for 350 houses) which if approved would bring the airport back into public ownership for the first time since it was sold to Peel in 2003. Purchasing the airport was Houchen's primary election pledge in his campaign in the 2017 Tees Valley mayoral election. The deal will be completed subject to ratification from the leaders of the five local authorities that make up the Tees Valley Combined Authority who will vote on the deal in January 2019 at a purpose emergency TVCA meeting called by the mayor. If the deal reaches completion an established airport operator thought to be the Stobart Group has been lined up to run the facility.[28][29]

Should the mayor's plan to buy back the airport be approved by TVCA, Houchen has said he plans to give local residents the opportunity to decide whether to change the airport's name back to Teesside International Airport.[30] An online poll was conducted in December 2018 with the option of continuing with the Durham Tees Valley name or reverting to the airport's former name of Teesside International. Of the 14,000 people who took part, 93% voted for the name to revert to Teesside International.[31]

On 24 January 2019, the plan was unanimously voted in favour of by the six TVCA leaders, bringing the airport back under public ownership after 16 years in the private sector. It is expected an established airport operator believed to be Stobart Group will be brought on board by March 2019 and the name reverted to Teesside International Airport.

On 14 March 2019, the Mayor held a press conference at the airport confirming Stobart Aviation as the new airport operator. Stobart will invest in a 25% stake in the new holding company with the TVCA owning the majority 75% (it is expected that prior to this the individual local authority shares will be transferred across to the TVCA).[32]

Teesside International Airport[edit]

On 25 July 2019, the airport was rebranded back to Teesside International Airport, the name it operated under between 1966 and 2004.[33][34][35][36] Prior to the rebranding, the airport announced a new summer holiday route to Majorca for the 2020 summer season[37] and the renewal of the 2019 Burgas route also for 2020.[38]

On 24 January 2020, the airport announced new flights to London City, Cardiff, Southampton, Isle of Man, Dublin, Belfast, and Aberdeen with Eastern Airways.[39] On 26 February 2020, it was announced that for the first time in 9 years, holiday flights would again operate to Alicante.[40] On 4 June 2020, the airport announced another holiday destination route, with flights operating to Newquay from 6 July 2020.[41]

After a gap of more than a decade, daily flights to London-Heathrow recommenced in September 2020. The new route is operated by Eastern Airways with the London City route discontinued as a result.[42]

On 25 November 2020 the airport announced the return of low-cost carrier Ryanair from 1 June 2021, with two flights a week to each of Palma and Alicante.[43]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights out of Teesside International Airport:[44]

AlbaStar[37] Seasonal charter: Palma de Mallorca
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas
Eastern Airways[45] Aberdeen, Southampton (resumes 17 May 2021)[46]
Seasonal: Newquay (resumes 17 May 2021)[citation needed]
Seasonal charter: Jersey
KLM Amsterdam
Loganair Aberdeen,[47] Belfast–City,[47] Bristol (begins 24 May 2021),[48] London–Heathrow, Newquay (begins 7 May 2021)[47]
Seasonal: Jersey (begins 8 May 2021)[47]
Ryanair Seasonal: Alicante (begins 4 June 2021),[43] Palma de Mallorca (begins 1 June 2021)[43]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca (begins 10 May 2022)[49]

Other users[edit]

There are two flight schools located at the airport, Eden Flight Training (edenflighttraining.co.uk) and Scenic Air Tours NE (scenicairtoursne.com). Scenic Air Tours NE also offer pleasure flights and aerobatic flights around the North East.

IAS Medical are an air ambulance operator who specialise in patient and organ transfer using two Beech King Airs and a single Diamond DA62.

There are also three multinational defence contractors based on site: Cobham Aviation Services provide electronic countermeasure training to the MoD using a fleet of Dassault Falcon 20 aircraft, Serco operate their International Fire Training Centre, one of the largest in Europe, on the airport's south side and Thales have their calibration and flight inspection subsidiary based with a Beech King Air and Diamond DA42 Twin Star.

On 15 May 2020 it was announced that US firm Willis Asset Management will lease two hangars at the airport to carry out maintenance and storage of a wide variety of commercial aircraft.[50]

Traffic statistics[edit]

Passengers and movements[edit]

The airport saw strong growth from 1993 to 2006, when passenger numbers peaked at 917,963. Passenger numbers then declined steeply in the subsequent four years due to the financial crisis of 2007–2010. Passenger numbers continued to fall to a low of 130,911 (2017 figures), before showing small increases in 2018 and 2019. Freight volumes have slowly declined since 2000, to effectively zero tonnage by 2010.[2]

With the airport back under public ownership in 2019, new holiday destinations have subsequently been announced. Combined with the "core" business flights currently operating out of the airport, the long-term hope is of pushing passenger numbers beyond 1.4m in the next decade by attracting a low cost airline.[51]

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Traffic statistics at Teesside International Airport
% change
% change
% change
2000 746,983 Steady 54,625 Steady 3,145 Steady
2001 733,617 Decrease 1.7 58,494 Increase 7.0 2,076 Decrease 33.9
2002 671,131 Decrease 8.5 52,276 Decrease 10.6 1,016 Decrease 51.0
2003 704,269 Increase 4.9 51,976 Decrease 0.5 1,092 Increase 7.4
2004 788,382 Increase 11.9 49,529 Decrease 4.7 484 Decrease 55.6
2005 900,035 Increase 14.1 51,714 Increase 4.4 363 Decrease 25.0
2006 917,963 Increase 1.9 55,788 Increase 7.8 459 Increase 26.4
2007 743,727 Decrease 18.9 57,515 Increase 3.0 790 Increase 72.1
2008 654,192 Decrease 12.0 45,310 Decrease 21.2 290 Decrease 63.2
2009 289,464 Decrease 55.7 25,208 Decrease 44.3 356 Increase 22.7
2010 224,673 Decrease 22.3 20,756 Decrease 17.6 0 Decrease 100.0
2011 192,410 Decrease 14.3 20,879 Increase 0.5 3 Increase nm
2012 166,251 Decrease 13.5 17,938 Decrease 14.0 0 Decrease 100.0
2013 161,092 Decrease 3.1 18,298 Increase 2.0 0 Steady
2014 142,379 Decrease 10.3 17,940 Decrease 1.9 2 Increase nm
2015 140,902 Decrease 1.0 18,702 Increase 4.2 0 Decrease 100.0
2016 132,369 Decrease 6.1 21,162 Increase 13.2 8 Increase nm
2017 130,911 Decrease 1.1 19,668 Decrease 7.1 4 Decrease 50.0
2018 142,080 Increase 8.5 16,950 Decrease 13.8 1 Decrease 75.0
2019 150,735 Increase 6.1 16,746 Decrease 1.2 0 Decrease 100.0


Busiest routes to and from Teesside International Airport (2019)[52]
Rank Airport Total
2018 / 19
1 Netherlands Amsterdam 118,907 Increase 7.4%
2 United Kingdom Aberdeen 17,055 Decrease 20.7%
3 Bulgaria Burgas 5,521 Steady New Route
4 Jersey Jersey 2,695 Increase 6.1%
5 United Kingdom Humberside 1,041 Decrease 23.4%
6 France Tarbes–Lourdes 747 Increase 0.7%
7 Iceland Akureyri 378 Steady New Route
8 Finland Enontekiö 377 Increase 0.8%
9 Italy Bergamo 332 Steady New Route
10 United Kingdom Cardiff 184 Increase 34.3%

Ground transport[edit]


Arriva North East operates a bus service (No.12) that runs from Hurworth and Darlington to the airport six times per day.[53][54] The extension of the service to the urban centre of Teesside east of the airport however, has been withdrawn as a result of cancellation of Stockton Council financial support.


The airport is situated off the A67 and is near the A1(M), A19 and A66 corridors. A significant upgrade to complete a fast link direct to the airport from the A66 was completed in 2008.[55]


Teesside Airport railway station is located approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from the airport terminal (around 15 minutes walk). The station was served by two trains per week until December 2017 when the service was reduced to just one train every Sunday.[56] The airport is exploring the possibility of using more shuttle buses and "horizontal escalators" to boost patronage at the station in the future.[57]

Currently, Dinsdale railway station about 2 miles (3.2 km) away in the nearby village of Middleton St George is the closest station with regular passenger services.


Taxis are available directly outside the airport terminal.


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