Airport reports increase in ‘Core Business’ Sevices


Durham Tees Valley Airport chiefs say that the decision to reposition it operations and concentrate on business and general aviation services is starting to pay dividends.

Passenger figures for its ‘core business’ activities—which include scheduled services to Amsterdam Schiphol and Aberdeen as well the summer service to Jersey and tour flights with Newmarket Holidays—showed a 3 per cent rise for 2014 compared to the previous year.

Total passenger numbers on these services rose from 136,397 in 2013 to 140,022 last year—demonstrating, says Managing Director Steve Gill that the strategy set out in the airport Master Plan is moving in the right direction.

He explained “When we took the decision to move away from mainstream charter programmes from 2014 we understood that, in the short term, this would affect overall passenger numbers, but that it was necessary for us develop a more viable business model to help safeguard the future of aviation activity.

“Central to the new approach was working to sustain our existing scheduled services and I am pleased to say that the increase in passenger numbers on this core business does show we are moving in the right direction.

“We will be continuing to work with our airline partners to maintain progress and the start of 2015 has seen the introduction of a number of important initiatives, including our new website and state-of-the-art parking system, a new Privilege Club offering more benefits for passengers, improved tariffs for general aviation users and a significant marketing programme for our scheduled services.

“We have also recently launched a major Business Travel Survey, seeking views on a wide range of factors aimed at gaining a better understanding of how the airport can help to meet business needs—and enabling us to demonstrate business demands in our discussions with both new and existing airlines.”

Amongst the major companies which makes great use of the airport’s worldwide links is Cummins. Says Plant Manager Des McMenamin “We are part of a global organisation with manufacturing, technical and service facilities across six continents. Durham Tees Valley Airport is literally on our doorstep and provides international connections to key destinations that support our business.”

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