Teesside International Airport has confirmed that flights to Alicante, Spain, will be taking off this summer for the first time in nine years.
The airport and long-standing airline partner Eastern Airways have committed to a seat sale to start the weekly return flights from Friday 14 August through until 7 September, meaning that holidaymakers can once again get some summer sun from their local airport following the lifting of certain travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fares start at £69.99 per person one way and are on sale now, and includes both hold and hand-on baggage.
It will mean that a family of four could fly from Teesside to the Mediterranean coast for less than £300.
The news follows the airport’s first-ever flights to London City and the start of a new route to Newquay which took off earlier this month.
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “I’m delighted to be able to confirm people from Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool will be able to fly to Alicante from their local airport once again and notably at such an unbelievable price.
“It’s been a long-time coming and my thanks go to Eastern Airways for working tirelessly in getting these flights back on following what has been a difficult time for everyone.
“In a matter of weeks, we’ve announced the restart of crucial flights for the oil, gas and renewables community to Aberdeen, the new daily links to the capital and KLM will have our international connectivity back up and running in just a few weeks. Now we can bring back these hugely popular holiday flights to Spain, and we will continue to add more routes when it is safe to do so.
“The coronavirus has presented unprecedented challenges for our airport, as it has for all airports around the UK, but because we put the building blocks in place for a brighter future beforehand, I always knew we would be able to come back stronger.
“We are making great progress on our 10-year plan and the fact we have been able to bring these flights back so soon shows the massive strides we have taken.
“It feels so good to get these Alicante summer flights back on for the people of this region and look forward to an even bigger summer schedule in 2021.”
Roger Hage, commercial and operations general manager for Eastern Airways, said: “It is such great news to be able to announce that we get to start our first ever flights to Spain from Teesside International.
“We’re delighted to be working with the airport and the Mayor to finally fly local people safely on their summer sun holidays from their local airport.
“The last few months have been very difficult for the aviation industry but I’m thrilled that we’ve confirmed all of our flights are once again cleared for take-off.
“Not only that but our brand new routes to London City and Newquay are performing well and we’re working hard in developing an even bigger and better programme for 2021.”
Teesside International has also recently confirmed that KLM will be reintroducing their multiple daily flights to Amsterdam from August 3, which coincided with them agreeing a major new five-year deal to provide international connectivity through Schiphol Airport.