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Since bringing Teesside Airport back into public ownership and saving it from closure, Mayor Houchen has set to work on his 10-year turnaround plan with Stobart Aviation. With the help of their experience and relationships with major airlines, the airport will land a low cost carrier, hit 1.4million passengers in the next ten years and generate potentially thousands of jobs for local people.

Stobart Group, the Aviation, Energy and Civil Engineering group, was announced as the operator of Teesside International in 2019. The airport returned to public ownership in 2019 and was renamed Teesside International Airport in July 2019.

The 10-year- plan includes:

Mayor Houchen has already secured the airport’s first flight to London in more than 10 years, giving people and businesses in the Tees Valley a direct link to the capital with daily flights to Heathrow Airport, allowing them to fly into London for business or to travel on to more than 180 locations in 84 countries across the world.

He has also secured domestic routes to Belfast, Dublin, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Southampton, Isle of Man and Newquay, as well as holiday flights to Alicante, Majorca and Bulgaria, alongside the regular KLM route to Amsterdam.

But the plan isn’t just about flights to London or the Costa del Sol – it is about creating jobs and securing investment. Alongside the new state-of-the-art logistics and manufacturing park on the airport’s Southside, global aviation firm Willis Asset Management Limited has chosen Teesside International Airport as its location for a European aircraft maintenance base to carry out maintenance, storage and disassembly of a wide variety of commercial aircraft types.