Teesside Airport unveils major redevelopment as Ryanair launches inaugural service
The new-look Teesside International Airport has been unveiled following completion of a multimillion-pound terminal redevelopment. Among the first passengers to use the new facilities were those on Ryanair’s inaugural service to Palma, Majorca, on 1 June 2021. The new route kicks off Teesside’s summer schedule for the airline, which also includes Alicante, Corfu and Faro.
The upgraded terminal features new check-in desks, and a reconfigured security area with state-of-the-art body and baggage scanners.
Passengers can now relax in one of two luxury lounges, or in new food and beverage outlets, including the Landside Café, The Transporter Bar and Kitchen, and The Goosepool bar. Meanwhile, products from local producers are available at boutique store House of Zana and Rejoy ahead of a new duty free store, operated by World Duty Free, opening soon.
The transformation has been supporting local businesses, with 92% of all terminal improvements, from design and electrical work to construction and renovations, carried out by local companies.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “When we first brought this airport back into public control, we knew the massive potential that it possessed, but a lack of commitment and funding for years left it looking dated and stuck in the past. It simply wasn’t fit for purpose to process the hundreds of thousands of new passengers we’re working to attract as part of our 10-year turnaround plan.
“With a little bit of TLC and backing from our brilliant local businesses who have secured work onsite to help make our vision a reality, I’m delighted to be able to reveal the new-look Teesside International Airport.
“This goes beyond just a facelift, giving it a new lease of life, with modernised check-in and security reducing stress and waiting times, and cafe, bars, lounges and shops making your full travel experience better than ever. This new look also projects the confidence we have in our region and will ensure an impressive, first-class welcome for businesses and tourists no matter where they are coming from.
“Today also marks the first Ryanair flight from our airport, another major milestone in our plans and one which has come well ahead of schedule. I couldn’t be happier to have them onboard as we look to the future.
“Make no mistake, this is far from the end. We’re still plugging away behind the scenes to attract even more popular destinations that people across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are crying out for. We’re also capitalising on the huge opportunity that is our Freeport status with our Southside logistics and manufacturing site firmly ready to position the airport more than ever as a hub for growth.
“This is a fantastic milestone for the airport to celebrate during its 80th birthday year and, thanks to everything we’ve been doing, it will live on to see many, many more.”
Since lockdown restrictions have been eased, Teesside International is working with all airline partners to reintroduce services as soon as possible. Loganair currently serves Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Newquay and London Heathrow, with a third daily Monday to Friday Heathrow service recently announced to begin next month alongside Jersey in the coming weeks.