Scottish airline Loganair celebrated the launch of its new services from Durham Tees Valley Airport this week.
The new services will see up to three weekday non-stop flights between the Durham Tees Valley and Aberdeen, as well as a non-stop flight on six days per week linking Durham Tees Valley with Norwich.
The start of the new services was celebrated through the airline tradition of a commemorative cake, enjoyed by some of the first passengers on the new Loganair services before they departed.
Airport chief executive Steve Gill said: “The arrival of a well-established airline such as Loganair is exactly in line with the strategy we set out in the business plan for Durham Tees Valley to concentrate on supporting and developing services focussed on providing vital connectivity to the business community.
“We are not ruling out developing leisure routes in the future which will need to be driven by local market demand and have alignment with airline strategy. The priority is to secure the future of the airport until such a time that this becomes viable.
“We are delighted that Loganair has shown such confidence in Durham Tees Valley, and believe it marks the start of a successful—and growing—partnership. As well as the new flights, it is especially encouraging that the airline has chosen Durham Tees Valley as its second crew base outside Scotland.
“Alongside Loganair’s arrival other major developments are underway at the airport, including the terminal improvements which are nearing completion, involving the remodelling of the departure lounge, with a new Xpress café and bar, the provision of free unlimited Wi-Fi, together with designated work stations and charging points.”
Both of the routes will provide extra connectivity for the region through a codeshare with Loganair’s sister company bmi Regional.
Passengers travelling via Aberdeen can access easy onward links to Orkney, Shetland, the Danish seaport of Esbjerg and Norway’s capital, Oslo.
Kay Ryan, Loganair’s commercial director said: “It’s fantastic to commence services on these two routes, acting as an important gateway for the energy sector.
“Bookings have been extremely encouraging since tickets to Aberdeen went on sale a few months ago, even more positive when considering this is additional Aberdeen capacity from DTVA. We’ll continue to keep pricing competitive and ensure quality of service remains a major priority.
“The daily link to Norwich is by far the fastest way to travel between the two points, with land transportation taking up to five and a half hours or a number of different rail connections so we’d strongly encourage anyone in the business community with links to either destination to opt for aviation next time they are making the trip.”
• Pictured above (left to right): Kate Stow, head of marketing and communications with Peel Airports, captain Lars Ojeskog, Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan, first officer Lars McConnell, cabin crew, Stacey Jappy, Peel Airports’ chief executive Steve Gill, and Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development with Peel Airports.