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Airport welcomes passenger boost
Durham Tees Valley Airport
The airport has recently changed its name
Passenger numbers at a newly-revamped airport have risen by almost 20% over the past year, new figures reveal.

Durham Tees Valley Airport, - formerly Teesside Airport - saw 89,674 people use its facilities in September.

The news follows the recent launch of an ambitious three year, multi-million pound redevelopment plan for the site, near Darlington.

Airport bosses say passenger growth is mainly due to an increase in scheduled services over the last year.

More than 50,000 passengers have taken advantage of scheduled services, which have been boosted by new routes announced by low cost carriers bmibaby, Ryanair and Eastern Airways.

Economic climate

By 2005, the airport predicts passenger numbers will break through the one million per year mark - an increase of more than 30% on current passenger numbers.

Hugh Lang, managing director of Durham Tees Valley Airport, said: "We are delighted with these figures, which reflect the airport going from strength to strength in a tough economic climate.

"Success is down to providing a quality customer service and promoting the benefits of the airport to airline carriers as the gateway to some thrilling international destinations."

Redevelopment plans for the airport include the extension and refurbishment of the airport terminal to a total of 28,000 sq m (91,864 sq ft), nine additional aircraft stands and extra car parking for 4,500 vehicles.

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