History of Durham Tees Valley Airport

If you don’t know much about the history of Durham Tees Valley Airport, you can find all you need to know below;

  • Over 140,000 passengers a year
  • 1 Terminal
  • 200 destinations served

So how did it all begin?

Durham Tees Valley airport came into existence in 1941 when it was a WWII RAF bomber base known as Middleton-St-George.

Work on the airport runway and the airport buildings began in 1957, and this work was completed by 1963. However, the RAF decided to abandon use of the site for its squadrons and it was closed.

The local authorities took control of the site and plans for civil usage were formed in 1964 and the first flight took off, bound for Manchester. Significant redevelopments took place shortly afterwards; the construction of a passenger terminal and airport hotel being a priority. The new developments were officially opened in 1966.

Over the following 5 decades, the airport has continued to provide flights covering cities across Europe. In 2006, the airport reached record passenger numbers and exceeded the 900,000 milestone. The airport has quietened down over the last 10 years and serves as more of a business travel airport, rather than your go to for a family holiday or trip with friends.