Comment: 2021 will be our year

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Teesside International Airport commercial director Phil Forster with a positive message for the new year…

Our team at Teesside International Airport made a landmark deal in securing its long-term success as we approached the end of the year.

Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic – during which, by the end of 2020, UK airports are projected to lose at least £4billion following a 99 per cent fall in passengers – our airport has been going all-out to ensure a bright future when this is all a distant memory.

We’ve always made it clear our ambition to attract a low-cost airline is a key element in our ten-year turnaround plan to grow passenger numbers to more than a million by 2029 – and we’re still on course to meet this.

And the latest boost came with the announcement that we’re bringing Ryanair on board for low-cost summer 2021 breaks to Alicante and Palma, Majorca.

These are two of the most traditionally popular routes for people in the Tees Valley, North-East and North Yorkshire.

Now we can give passengers even more options for holiday breaks next year as a coronavirus vaccine is becoming a reality and quarantine times are being cut if you have a negative test – great news for the travel industry.

We have been working for the business community and staycationers by introducing a host of domestic flights, linking back up with London Heathrow after more than a decade. Now there’s more great news for holidaymakers.

But we’re not resting on our laurels – the airport is in constant talks with airlines on new opportunities at home and abroad.

Coronavirus remains an immediate concern across global aviation, but we’re bucking the trend to make 2021 the year Teesside Airport truly takes off.

Phil Forster
Commercial director, Teesside International Airport