Durham Tees Valley Airport stands to recover millions of pounds in lost revenue, after defeating budget airline, BMIbaby, in a landmark legal battle. The carrier pulled its planes out of Durham in 2006, costing the airport ‘huge sums’ in retail profits and landing fees, and breaching a service contract with current owner, Peel Airports.
Durham Tees Valley Airport is to make 32 staff members redundant in a bid to become “better and smarter".
Durham Tees Valley Airport have launched a lawsuit against the UK carrier BMI Baby, the budget arm of British Midland (BMI), after alleging that the airline has broken a contractual agreement with the airport.
Last year, Teesside airport had its name changed to Durham Tees Valley airport as part of a three-year extensive redevelopment plan. The name change, which was accompanied by a redesign of the airport logo, marks a part of significant changes which are taking place at the airport.
BMIBaby operated the first flight between Durham Tees Valley and Newquay in June this year.The flight was the first of many, with four flights a week planned to this popular holiday destination in Cornwall.
As a businesswoman, Kerry Quinn, began work yesterday as the airport’s new director, a major new expansion programme was well under way at Durham Tees Valley Airport. Operators hope that this will significantly increase airport traffic over the next seven years. The expansion programme began in 2004 with a rebranding exercise, which saw the former Teesside Airport being renamed Durham Tees Valley. The renaming took place to give the airport a greater sense of place, in recognition that Durham is better known than the Teesside area because of its cathedral and historic city centre.