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The Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, has met Robert Hough, the Chair of Durham Tees Valley Airport, for the first time.

 

The private introductory meeting was held on Monday 15th May at the Mayor’s office at Tees Valley Combined Authority, Teesdale, Thornaby.

 

In a statement following the meeting, Mr Houchen, said: “The flights and services available from our local airport are of primary importance to the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. This meeting was a chance for the leadership of Peel Investments and my team to get to know one another and understand our respective objectives. The meeting was positive and constructive in tone and has established an early working relationship.

 

Mr Houchen added: “Both parties have agreed that our discussions will be held in private. The public are interested, but the public interest is best served by having confidential business-like conversations. Neither party will be conducting a running commentary on our talks but we can reassure the public that there is a mutual desire for an outcome that serves them well.”

 

Robert Hough, Chair of Durham Tees Valley Airport, said: “We were very pleased to meet the newly elected Mayor and for the opportunity to explain our strategy for the future growth of the Airport.  We hold much common ground in recognising the economic and regional benefits that a successful airport brings and exchanged our respective aspirations in making this happen for the wider benefit of the Tees Valley area and beyond.”