Teesside International Airport (MME) in England has unveiled its terminal following the completion of a multimillion-pound redevelopment project.
The revamp has seen the airport modernised with new check-in desks, along with a modified security area.
The security area has been equipped with body and baggage scanners for streamlining security checks.
As part of the project, several new food and drink outlets and two luxury lounges have also been introduced at the airport.
Notably, 92% of all terminal enhancements, including design, electrical work, construction and renovations, were executed by local companies.
During the unveiling, the first Ryanair flight also departed from the airport for Palma in Spain.
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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “This goes beyond just a facelift, giving it a new lease of life, with modernised check-in and security reducing stress and waiting times, and cafe, bars, lounges and shops making your full travel experience better than ever.
“Today also marks the first Ryanair flight from our airport, another major milestone in our plans and one which has come well ahead of schedule.
“We’re also capitalising on the huge opportunity that is our Freeport status with our Southside logistics and manufacturing site firmly ready to position the airport more than ever as a hub for growth.”
Houchen adds: “When we first brought this airport back into public control, we knew the massive potential that it possessed, but a lack of commitment and funding for years left it looking dated and stuck in the past. It simply wasn’t fit for purpose to process the hundreds of thousands of new passengers we’re working to attract as part of our ten-year turnaround plan.”
After the lifting of lockdown curbs due to the pandemic, the airport has been collaborating with all airline partners to reinstate their flights in the near future.
Presently, regional airline Loganair is serving Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Newquay and London Heathrow.
From next month, a third daily Heathrow service will commence, followed by Jersey in the coming weeks.