Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen was at the airport to celebrate the departure of its first London-bound flight in over a decade.
Jane Imrie

Teesside boosts London links with first flight in over a decade

The first flight from Tees Valley to London in more than ten years departed this morning from Teesside International Airport.

The maiden flight to London City Airport departed at 7.15am, marking the restoration of Teesside International Airport’s flight route to the capital.

Eastern Airways’ route to London will run initially daily between Monday and Friday, and is expected to strengthen investment opportunities in the region.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen commented: “It was fantastic to wave off our MPs and other passengers this morning on Teesside Airport’s first flight to London in more than 10 years.

“This has been a long time coming and despite the difficult circumstances we are recovering from, we can’t shy away from what a significant moment this is both for our airport and our region.

“Investment into our region won’t come on a bus, it will come through our airport terminal. Connecting workers and businesses in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool into the heart of London is crucial for my plan for jobs – creating high skilled, good quality local jobs for local people.”

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