Revolutionary Covid Sanitiser Technology Comes to Teesside Airport

Teesside International Airport | Published on: 20th August 2021

A locally developed revolutionary sanitiser, which is certified to kill all types of bacteria and enveloped and neutralise viruses, including coronavirus, is set to be rolled out in Teesside Airport’s terminal.

Specialist refrigeration, air conditioning and heating services firm The Aircon Group, based in Thornaby, has developed a water-based, pH-neutral sanitiser named AirSafe which kills 99.9% of enveloped viruses in just one minute.

Aircon Group has conducted 2,500 tests over 18 months to ensure AirSafe is the most effective sanitiser of its type available, and it will soon be applied to the terminal’s air conditioning system following a deep clean. When sprayed inside the system, it will sanitise the air that passes through it for up to six months to keep the terminal safe for passengers and airport workers.

This is the latest partnership between Teesside International and Aircon Group, which have been working together for almost 30 years. It comes after the firm received a £13,255 business growth grant via Tees Valley Business Growth Fund, established by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority.

During the airport’s recent redevelopment, the firm supplied and installed new air conditioning, extractor fans, ductwork, fire dampers across the building, alongside other improvements. It also provides its services to other businesses based at the airport, such as Cobham Aviation.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It’s fantastic that we can work with Aircon Group, a brilliant local business that has a longstanding relationship with Teesside Airport, to bring this game-changing technology into our terminal for the wellbeing of local people and staff.

“As rules on international travel continue to be relaxed and more and more people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are using our airport for their well-deserved holiday breaks, we need to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep people using our terminal healthy and give them the confidence to travel once again.

“AirSafe will do just that, and shows our region is once again at the forefront of innovation, with companies offering their expertise and doing all they can to combat coronavirus.”

Aircon Group Managing Director Steve Farrell said: “We’ve been a firm believer in Teesside Airport for decades now, and we were delighted when we learned that it was going to be brought back into public hands.

“We’re even more pleased to continue to be part of the airport’s story, helping its redevelopment and introducing this revolutionary new sanitising technology to help keep everyone who uses or works at the airport healthy, not just from Covid, but all other airborne viruses too.

“We’ve been hard at work developing AirSafe for the past 18 months, and we’re really pleased at how much we’ve achieved. We’re looking now at rolling it out with other organisations to protect as many people as possible.

“With the introduction and adoption of AirSafe we are looking to recruit experienced engineers in our Thornaby branch and we are seeking an apprentice who will have the opportunity to learn from our experienced engineers who enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge with younger members of staff.”

The Tees Valley Business Growth Fund is receiving support from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

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