Aircraft painting specialist Airbourne Colours is set to open a new hangar at Teesside Airport later this year with construction underway on the 27,000-square-foot facility.
The new hangar marks a pivotal stage in the companies expansion across the UK and expands its presence in the region where founder and Chief executive Steve Darbyshire was born. Airbourne Colours also plans to create 40 new jobs.
Steve Darbyshire said: “Little did I know that after 14 years since Airbourne Colours’ inception in a location over 300 miles from Teesside Airport, I would get the opportunity to return to my roots. It fills me with great pride to be part of this journey, contribute to the airport’s regeneration, and provide well-paid jobs in Teesside. This is a personal childhood dream come true.”
Construction of the hangar is being carried out by S&A Fabrications with British Steel being a core component of the construction.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen also welcomed the exciting development, stating: “This is more great news for our airport which is making its mark on the aviation scene. To have another world-renowned firm set up a base at Teesside is another big vote of confidence in our airport. It’s also good to see a successful Teessider leading the charge. This base will mean more high-quality jobs at our airport and bringing more income to fuel our turnaround plan.”
Airbourne Colours launched in 2010 and specialises in commercial and corporate aircraft painting. In addition to Teesside, it also has facilities at East Midlands, Bournemouth and Exeter airports.