Durham Tees Valley Airport Masterplan published, as passenger numbers rise on key routes

The Advertiser Series: Passenger figures January to March from DTVA to Amsterdam were up 16 per cent year on year and to Aberdeen up by 13 per cent. Passenger figures January to March from DTVA to Amsterdam were up 16 per cent year on year and to Aberdeen up by 13 per cent.

A RESCUE plan to ensure the survival of a North-East airport has been published, as passenger numbers on key routes start to rise.

Following a two-month consultation, Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) bosses have issued a final version of a masterplan which aims to create 3,800 permanent jobs and support 450 during construction phases.

Between 250 and 400 homes are proposed for the site, with the sale of land for housing paying for other developments, including offices and warehousing.

The plan for housing angered residents of nearby Middleton St George, who said local services would not cope with more users.

However, consultation showed that there was widespread local support for the draft proposals. 

The future of the loss-making airport had been called into question after a dramatic drop in passenger numbers and the loss of scheduled and charter flights.

The airport has been encouraged by a rise in passenger numbers on services to Amsterdam and Aberdeen, which were respectively up 16 per cent and 13 per cent on January to March last year, the latest figures showed. 

But DTVA's long term future hinges on income being generated from other activities, airport chiefs have said. 

Peter Nears, the airport's strategic planning director, said the final 180-page plan had taken into account concerns raised during consultation and he stressed that it reflected the commitment of owners Peel to safeguard the future of air services at DTVA.

He said: "The impact of the recession has made significant and lasting changes to the air travel industry and the Masterplan sets out how we can establish a viable business model and long-term investment strategy for Durham Tees Valley in the light of those changes.

"The reality is that many major operators, including low-cost carriers, now concentrate their activities at a limited number of airports and Durham Tees Valley is no different from a number of other smaller airports across the country in having to diversify income sources.

"One of the key strengths of Durham Tees Valley is its land holdings north and south of the runway and maximising the return from developing those assets holds the key to securing airport services.

"Of course, people have been concerned for the future following the fall in passenger numbers over recent years but I hope that they will now see that this plan does set out a path which, with support from our stakeholders, the business community and the public, can lead to a more secure future for Durham Tees Valley.

"Our task now is to move forward with key elements of the Master Plan and that will be happening in the very near future.

Key proposals in the Masterplan include:

*New developments on the north and south sides of the airport runway to establish DTVA as a leader in aviation related business. This will build on existing activity at the airport in, aircraft engineering, dismantling and recycling and lead to the creation of a multi-modal logistics centre.

*Northside development proposals include a mixture of offices and 250 to 400 homes, with associated community facilities and an extension to the on-site St George's Hotel.

*Development proposals on the Southside, which would be accessed by a new link road, comprise a logistics and business park, engine testing facility and additional aviation support facilities, including a new apron and associated hangars.

The finalised masterplan can be viewed at www.DTVA-Master-Plan.co.uk

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7:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Graeme_r says...

"However, consultation showed that there was widespread local support for the draft proposals" From who? Who would want to buy a house close to an Airport? Everyone on Teesside says they would use the airport if it offered flights to destinations they want to travel to. So why did Peel terminate Thomson flights from operating from there?
"However, consultation showed that there was widespread local support for the draft proposals" From who? Who would want to buy a house close to an Airport? Everyone on Teesside says they would use the airport if it offered flights to destinations they want to travel to. So why did Peel terminate Thomson flights from operating from there? Graeme_r
  • Score: 13

11:35pm Thu 17 Apr 14

potgut66 says...

I agree with the previous comment. If flights to Tenerife and London were resumed, and the crackpot facility charge axed, I would certainly use the airport. Its not new houses we need there...its flights!
I agree with the previous comment. If flights to Tenerife and London were resumed, and the crackpot facility charge axed, I would certainly use the airport. Its not new houses we need there...its flights! potgut66
  • Score: 6

12:53pm Fri 18 Apr 14

gramps427 says...

Who wrote this article, Peel? There is not widespread support for this plan as anyone who has seen the results of the consultation would know. Barely 10% of those who attended the consultation expressed an opinion and even then not all of them agreed with the proposals. Shame on the |Northern Echo for collaborating with a company who are being investigated in the North West . They should be challenging this advert dictated by Peel, much as the Tyne Tees TV report some months ago, when individuals were told what to say by the Peel management.
Who wrote this article, Peel? There is not widespread support for this plan as anyone who has seen the results of the consultation would know. Barely 10% of those who attended the consultation expressed an opinion and even then not all of them agreed with the proposals. Shame on the |Northern Echo for collaborating with a company who are being investigated in the North West . They should be challenging this advert dictated by Peel, much as the Tyne Tees TV report some months ago, when individuals were told what to say by the Peel management. gramps427
  • Score: 6

1:29pm Fri 18 Apr 14

gramps427 says...

As an addition to the above the Echo reported that over 900 attended the consultation; sadly only 130 responded to the consultation of which only 91 individuals & organisations supported it, thats 10%. On Change.org over 4,065 people have signed a petition against the action of Peel Airports. It has also been reported that Peel have not approached the Government for help with attracting new routes with grants from the regional airports subsidy announced in the recent budget! Competition laws are being ignored by the local politicians in order to promote Newcastle over Tees Valley since the days of ONE; its probably why the local councils sold the airport to Peel in the first place turning a profitable airport into a proposed housing estate as has been done to Sheffield.
As an addition to the above the Echo reported that over 900 attended the consultation; sadly only 130 responded to the consultation of which only 91 individuals & organisations supported it, thats 10%. On Change.org over 4,065 people have signed a petition against the action of Peel Airports. It has also been reported that Peel have not approached the Government for help with attracting new routes with grants from the regional airports subsidy announced in the recent budget! Competition laws are being ignored by the local politicians in order to promote Newcastle over Tees Valley since the days of ONE; its probably why the local councils sold the airport to Peel in the first place turning a profitable airport into a proposed housing estate as has been done to Sheffield. gramps427
  • Score: 4

2:19pm Fri 18 Apr 14

World Traveller says...

DTVA is a pretty convenient airport for those who stay in the North East. I've visited through it a number of times and each has been gruelling to say the least...KLM and another airline are only keeping the place open!

If you want to attract passengers then make it easier for them for a start..

Security checks for such a small airport are really beyond belief and put off passengers returning..even elderly couples gets their bags pulled apart in the search for contraband..

Ancient Trolleys inside the terminal require 1 pound coin or euro...how many international KLM passengers have these to hand? Why these types of trolleys? Are they going to be stolen?

Hardly any good links with rail or bus service either, so how do you expect to grow?

However, one thing in the airport's favour is the recent closure of the 'remote and difficult to walk to' short term car park and extending the free time on the long term parking, but still a nightmare with suitcases up and down the curbs from the parking to the trolleys, proudly stacked at the front entrance! Move the trolley park onto the carpark?

Getting off the flight on a cold windy day with hand luggage trolley over dodgy paving slabs uncovered from the elements is a true awakening to the exposed areas of the North East. Not much fun either if you're travelling with a young family.

Immigration also not too welcoming for travellers who maybe come to north east for first time. How many illegal immigrants have used this route?

Not expecting that any of these observations and experiences will make any changes to how the first point of contact tourists and business folks have to the welcoming nature of the north east.
DTVA is a pretty convenient airport for those who stay in the North East. I've visited through it a number of times and each has been gruelling to say the least...KLM and another airline are only keeping the place open! If you want to attract passengers then make it easier for them for a start.. Security checks for such a small airport are really beyond belief and put off passengers returning..even elderly couples gets their bags pulled apart in the search for contraband.. Ancient Trolleys inside the terminal require 1 pound coin or euro...how many international KLM passengers have these to hand? Why these types of trolleys? Are they going to be stolen? Hardly any good links with rail or bus service either, so how do you expect to grow? However, one thing in the airport's favour is the recent closure of the 'remote and difficult to walk to' short term car park and extending the free time on the long term parking, but still a nightmare with suitcases up and down the curbs from the parking to the trolleys, proudly stacked at the front entrance! Move the trolley park onto the carpark? Getting off the flight on a cold windy day with hand luggage trolley over dodgy paving slabs uncovered from the elements is a true awakening to the exposed areas of the North East. Not much fun either if you're travelling with a young family. Immigration also not too welcoming for travellers who maybe come to north east for first time. How many illegal immigrants have used this route? Not expecting that any of these observations and experiences will make any changes to how the first point of contact tourists and business folks have to the welcoming nature of the north east. World Traveller
  • Score: 11

1:11pm Tue 29 Apr 14

gramps427 says...

The words of World Traveller strikes a true cord as Peel have deliberately made travel from Tees Valley more of a chore than needs be. The title of this piece however true is misleading- there are only 2 routes out of Tees Valley so a few extra people on those flights won't make a difference to the fortunes of the airport- like Sheffield Peel wants to turn it into a housing estate just as they are doing at Doncaster and shortly at John Lennon in Liverpool ,which they have just bought back from the Canadian company they sold it too in the first place; Peel don't care about the Tees Valley region or its people, they just want to asset strip the place and build on the land because that's what Peel is all about..
The words of World Traveller strikes a true cord as Peel have deliberately made travel from Tees Valley more of a chore than needs be. The title of this piece however true is misleading- there are only 2 routes out of Tees Valley so a few extra people on those flights won't make a difference to the fortunes of the airport- like Sheffield Peel wants to turn it into a housing estate just as they are doing at Doncaster and shortly at John Lennon in Liverpool ,which they have just bought back from the Canadian company they sold it too in the first place; Peel don't care about the Tees Valley region or its people, they just want to asset strip the place and build on the land because that's what Peel is all about.. gramps427
  • Score: 1

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