Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen insists he’s still geared up to take the region’s airport back into public ownership.
Durham Tees Valley Airport owners Peel reaffirmed its commitment to the airport when it revealed its £250,000 terminal improvement programme.
Peel also launched a ‘Flying for the Future’ campaign, urging Tees businesses to back the airport and help to secure its long-term future.
But Mr Houchen, who made buying back the airport one of his major pledges during his successful Mayoral campaign earlier this year, says he’s due to meet with Peel again in a fortnight – insisting everything “has a price”.
“I was elected to buy our airport, and that is what I’ll do,” said Mr Houchen.
“Peel are working closely with me, and I look forward to my next meeting with them in a fortnight’s time where we’ll go into further detail.
“Peel sold our airport in 2011. They’ve done it before, and with the right deal they’ll do it again. Every man has his price.”