Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) has this week announced the launch of flights to one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations next summer.
The airport’s new managing director David Grant welcomed the news that Balkan Holidays will be operating a weekly service to Bourgas in Bulgaria for summer ’19, from May 18 to September 28.
“Balkan offer excellent value for money and popular holiday destinations; they are a welcome addition to DTVA,” said Grant.
“This announcement demonstrates that when there are opportunities to attract new leisure flights, we will do all we can to make it happen.”
Balkan Holidays are one of the leading specialists for holidays to Bulgaria and today’s announcement marks their return to Durham Tees Valley after a number of years.
Chris Rand, sales and marketing manager for Balkan Holidays, said: “We are delighted to be adding this new weekly flight to Bourgas from DTVA as part of our Summer 2019 schedule.
“Our customers know that we have a long history of providing great value summer holidays and are ensuring this by holding many of our prices from this year for Summer ‘19.”
Grant added: “As we made clear in our business plan for the airport and with the launch of our Flying for the Future campaign, maintaining and developing vital regional and global connections, such as through the KLM service to Amsterdam Schiphol is a priority for us.
“However, today’s announcement is the result of lots of hard work to create the conditions that allow us when a commercially viable opportunity arises, to deliver leisure flights to DTVA.
“The airport has invested to make this happen, and going forward, together with support from our stakeholders, we can build stronger cases for further new routes.”
“When we do attract new services, it is, of course, crucial that they are supported and I’m sure there will be a very positive response to today’s announcement.”
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “While temporary package holidays are welcome, we need proper airlines based at our airport.
“I’ve made no secret that our airport can be a success, but only under new ownership.
“In the coming weeks I’ll be moving into the next phase of discussions with Peel to bring our airport back into public ownership.”
The Balkan Holidays summer 2019 programme goes on sale from today. Details are available at www.balkanholidays.co.uk.