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Views sought on airport expansion
Durham Tees Valley Airport
The airport expansion could create 2,700 new jobs
Drop-in sessions are being held to explain radical plans to expand a North East airport and create 2,700 jobs.

Proposals for Durham Tees Valley Airport include a new business park and hotel, as well as a bigger terminal.

Managers claim the expansion will bring an economic boom to Teesside and are holding drop-in sessions explaining the plans at the airport on Wednesday.

Currently the airport employs 750 people and supports a further 190 to 260 within the Tees Valley area.

But Hugh Lang, managing director at the airport, said it could be employing 2,700 people in 10 years' time, and bring an extra 120m a year to the local economy.

Maximum capacity

The company wants to expand to handle about three million passengers a year, under the plans submitted to Darlington and Stockton councils.

It recently adopted its current name after being known as Teesside Airport.

Mr Lang said: "From the airport's point of view the facts are very clear - we will reach the maximum capacity of the current terminal facilities, at 1.2m passengers a year, by 2007.

"The plans we have now submitted will enable us to move forward over the next decade, with the prospect of hitting three million passengers a year by 2015."

The plans also include a new business park, with 18,600 square metres of office space, and a 100-bed hotel and restaurant.

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