Airport business park
Teesside Airport is an international airport located in Darlington, Tees Valley, UK. Jointly owned by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) (75%) and Stobart Aviation (25%), the airport is currently constructing a new business park which will serve as a logistics and manufacturing space.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the new airport business park was held in March 2020. The project will create approximately 4,400 jobs and also provide £3m ($3.3m) annually for reinvestment into the airport, upon completion.
The airport served approximately 150,735 passengers and witnessed 16,746 aircraft movements in 2019. It offers a direct connection to various destinations including Amsterdam, Belfast City, Bourgas, The Northern Lights/Finland, London City Airport and Southampton.
The new logistics and manufacturing park will spread across 3.4 million square feet.
The business park, which will run parallel to the runway, will include logistics, manufacturing and commercial space and is being developed on 109ha of land towards the southern end of the airport.
A joint venture will be formed with Theakston Land and Wynyard Business Park for the construction of the business park. The Southside development will provide opportunities to drive inward investment and create additional jobs.
The total estimated investment required for the project is £200m ($256.2m). The Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority agreed to provide £23.6m ($30.2m) investment for enabling infrastructure for the development of the business park in December 2019.
The investment will be used for infrastructure development including the connection of the site to the main utilities and flood mitigation works. It will also provide road access to the southside of the airport from the A67.
TVCA signed a deal with previous owner Peel Holding to acquire the Airport and bring it back into public ownership in early 2019. The agreement also included the purchase of 817 acres of land. Stobart Aviation was declared as the new operator of the airport in March 2019.
In May 2019, the airport announced a management team to implement a 10-year rescue plan designed to increase passenger numbers, add new routes, support local businesses, and bring new companies to the airport.
The airport partnered with Close Protection Security for providing additional patrols around the airport’s landside area.
The airport was originally called Teesside International Airport and was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport in 2004 as part of a redevelopment plan. The authorities renamed the airport to Teesside International Airport in July 2019 after a public poll where 93% of locals opted for the former name.
In October 2019, Teesside airport entered a three-year agreement with Cornerstone Business Solutions for providing IT support to the airport.
In May 2020, Willis Asset Management selected Teesside airport for its new European aircraft maintenance base which is expected to create a significant number of high skilled jobs. The company will lease Hangar 1 and Hangar 1A as a base to store aircraft and parts and perform aircraft maintenance, storage and disassembly services.
Teesside international airport has a single terminal that serves both domestic and international passengers. It is served by an asphalt-paved runway (05/23) which is 2,291m long.
The airport has a dedicated on-airport car park space which is closer to the terminal and can be reached by walk. The car park area is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of passengers.
Xpress Cafés is located at the main concourse and departure lounge, offering coffee, hot and cold snacks and desserts.
Teesside airport features SKYLIFE lounge, which offers panoramic views of the airfield and provides complimentary drinks and snacks. The lounge is also equipped with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and private workstation areas.
Eden Flight Training at the airport offers various flight training courses including pleasure flights and full pilot qualifications. The airport also houses Scenic Air Tours which offers flight training and air tours.
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