The final passengers of this summer season are jetting out from Teesside as the airport looks back at a successful 2022 and ticket sales take off for next year’s routes.
Teesside Airport had its biggest summer in almost a decade this year, which has seen passenger numbers on holiday flights more than 90% loaded. Figures showed that it was also one of the only airports in the North to have passenger numbers higher than pre-pandemic levels, serving 23,358 in August 2022 versus 12,284 in August 2019.
Teesside was also named the most punctual airport in the country in July, right at the height of its busiest season, with no flights cancelled during the month.
This hard work has paid off, with passengers continuing to praise the airport and its facilities. Ginette McGouran, from Acklam, said: “We’ve flown three times this year from Teesside to Alicante. It’s the best airport going – it’s perfect for us!”
Yvonne and Martin Rose, from Darlington, said: “We live in Darlington and normally always fly from Leeds Bradford, this time we chose Teesside. What a brilliant little airport, it’s so quick we were through in minutes.
“We would love more flights from here, Malaga or Tenerife in the winter would be perfect.”
The season will officially draw to a close this weekend as the clocks go back tomorrow morning. Holidaymakers can look forward to a new TUI route for 2023, Antalya in Turkey, which is on sale now alongside its flights to Palma. Palma flies every Tuesday from 9 May until 24 October, and Antalya flies every Thursday from 25 May until 21 September.
Ryanair’s summer 2023 flights to Alicante and Palma, along with this winter flights to Alicante, are on sale now. Flights to Corfu and Faro are due to be bookable in the coming weeks.
Balkan Holidays is also offering trips to the sunny shores of Bulgaria, initially every Sunday from 21 May until 17 September, which will be joined by a second Thursday flight from 22 June until 7 September.
If passengers are looking for somewhere further afield, KLM’s twice-daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol connects with more than 300 onward destinations worldwide. Closer to home, Loganair has you covered with the popular city break destinations of Aberdeen, Belfast and Dublin.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “With the nights drawing in and a definite chill in the air, it’s right around this time that people start to plan their summer breaks. After an incredibly successful 2022, Teesside will be doing it all again next year with another packed schedule of flights to the locations local people have been crying out for – now including Antalya, Turkey.
“We’ve also proven that our £3million terminal transformation has paid off, with satisfied passengers passing through from check-in to departures in no time. Air traffic control and airside crews have been doing their bit to keep everything moving too – and thanks to everyone’s efforts, we continue to be one of the UK’s most punctual airports.
“In almost doubling our pre-pandemic passenger numbers, it’s clear people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are getting behind their local airport and we’re looking forward to an even brighter 2023.”