The north-east of England is spearheading the UK’s regional air travel boom with passenger numbers increasing at smaller hubs and new routes coming in to serve the growing demand for year-round sun holidays.
Durham Tees Valley Airport has this week released figures showing passenger numbers up by more than 16 per cent this March compared to the same period 12 months before.
Processing some 46,000 passengers over the period, the hub cited the growing demand garnered by its low budget airline services, including Flyglobespan‘s routes to Spain and the Canaries, and Ryanair‘s new Alicante service also having an impact.
The regional ramping up of services has also been spearheaded by neighbouring Newcastle Airport, where Eastern Airways has this week announced the imminent launch of flights to Stavanger in Norway, building on Danish airline Cimber Air’s recent increase of frequency on its Copenhagen route.
Emma Ormerod, marketing and communications manager at Durham Tees Valley Airport, said: "Airlines such as flyglobespan, Ryanair and Wizz Air are expected to provide the airport with significant growth over the coming year.
The airport continues to provide the local community with a range of destinations and services for both the business and leisure markets and there’s no doubt the recent bad weather has helped to attract local passengers to choose to fly from Durham Tees Valley Airport."
While Mediterranean routes have become especially appealing over the cold UK winter, the Durham upsurge in flights was also bolstered by some 3,000 passengers who used the Wizz Air service from the Tyneside hub to Warsaw during March.