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Durham Tees Valley Airport

Durham Tees Valley Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerPeel Airports Ltd (75%)
local authorities (25%)
OperatorDurham Tees Valley Airport Ltd.
ServesNorth East England, North Yorkshire
LocationDarlington, County Durham
Elevation37 m (120 ft)
Aircraft movements25208
Freight (tonnes)298

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Durham Tees Valley Airport is an international airport in North East England, located 4.7 NM southeast of Darlington, about 10 mi southwest of Middlesbrough and 24 mi south of Durham. The airport serves County Durham and parts of North Yorkshire, and is in Middleton St George in the borough of Darlington. Most local residents still refer to it by its previous name, Tees-side Airport.

Durham Tees Valley Airport is one of the United Kingdom's smaller airports, but offers links to several domestic and 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 Airports Ltd which owns 75%,

while the remaining 25% is owned by a consortium of local authorities, consisting of Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Councils. In 2010, Vancouver Airport Services purchased a controlling 65% stake in Peel Airports Ltd.

Passenger numbers peaked in 2006 when the airport was used by 917,963 passengers, but declined to 224,673 in 2010, the lowest level seen at the airport since 1975.

In November 2010 the airport introduced a passenger levy of £6 to curb the airports losses.

However, Despite the introduction of the Passenger Facility Fee, in the first stages of 2011 the airport received a considerable increase in passenger numbers with a 47% increase in January and a 24% increase in February compared to 2010.

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