Flights to Spain return to Teesside after a 9-year absence

Ben Houchen at Teesside International Airport
Ben Houchen at Teesside International Airport

Spain will be a destination again from Teesside (MME/EGNV) airport this summer for the first time in nine years when as Eastern Airways commits to a weekly flight to Alicante (ALC/LEAL).

The flight will start on 14th August and operate every Friday through to 7th September.

Teesside Airport is owned by the Tees Valley Unitary Authority (75%) and Stobart Aviation (25%) and has ambitious plans to rejuvinate the airport.

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.

Roger Hage, General Manager Commercial & Operations for Eastern Airways, added: “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.”

The airport recently announced that KLM will be reintroducing it three-times-daily service to Amsterdam from 3rd August.

Eastern Airways haven’t confirmed the operating type but it is expected to be an Embraer Regional Jet.

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