Thousands sign petition to 'save' Durham Tees Valley Airport

Darlington and Stockton Times: Middlesbrough councillor Chris Hobson has launched a petition named Keep open Teesside Airport Middlesbrough councillor Chris Hobson has launched a petition named Keep open Teesside Airport

MORE than 2,500 people have signed a petition calling on the Government to safeguard Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The petition, named Keep open Teesside Airport, was launched by Middlesbrough councillor Chris Hobson, as she believes the airport is being lost for no reason.

She also believes that rather than investing in London airports, more flights should be diverted to Teesside and that the airport should be offering more destinations to be seen as a real alternative to Newcastle Airport.

“My husband and I were on the last flight from Majorca back to Middlesbrough and it was full, there were no seats left at all,” she said.

“If more flights were put on, people would use them. We should be encouraging people to come to Teesside.”

The petition, which has so far attracted more than 2,600 signatures, was launched in response to a masterplan unveiled by the airport’s owners, Peel Holdings, who want to move the facility from a traditional transport hub to a more commercially-focused operation.

They have also revealed plans for up to 400 new homes on the site, which officials say could generate millions of pounds of investment for the airport.

Coun Hobson said: “To build on the airport, to me, is sacrilege. It is the beginning of the end.”

She hopes to deliver the petition to Downing Street, together with her husband John, who is also a councillor.

To sign the petition visit change.org and search Keep open Teesside Airport.

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6:27pm Wed 19 Feb 14

DarloXman says...

Good for her but I think it will be too little, too late. Bill Dixon and his mates have already decided that we're having new houses at the airport.
Good for her but I think it will be too little, too late. Bill Dixon and his mates have already decided that we're having new houses at the airport. DarloXman
  • Score: 7

6:42pm Wed 19 Feb 14

capt manners says...

I urge everyone in Darlington to sign this petition and keep a very valuable asset for the town and area.

I would urge Jenny Chapman to also support and promote this petition.

I would also ask Middleton St George parish council to give it some support, although I very much doubt that will be forthcoming as all they do is protest at anything happening in their precious part of the outskirts of Darlington.
Come on and save our airport.
I urge everyone in Darlington to sign this petition and keep a very valuable asset for the town and area. I would urge Jenny Chapman to also support and promote this petition. I would also ask Middleton St George parish council to give it some support, although I very much doubt that will be forthcoming as all they do is protest at anything happening in their precious part of the outskirts of Darlington. Come on and save our airport. capt manners
  • Score: 7

6:47pm Wed 19 Feb 14

oliviaden6 says...

One will never beat this councils tricks they have more than Paul Daniels.
Even Caponne would look to advice from them.
One will never beat this councils tricks they have more than Paul Daniels. Even Caponne would look to advice from them. oliviaden6
  • Score: 6

7:09pm Wed 19 Feb 14

D. Hop says...

Isnt it in our councils best interest to keep this asset and use it to maximum effect? If our council are on the verge of going bust, surely bringing more business directly through the area can only help.
Isnt it in our councils best interest to keep this asset and use it to maximum effect? If our council are on the verge of going bust, surely bringing more business directly through the area can only help. D. Hop
  • Score: 5

7:34pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Got Ya says...

This would make a first class site for travellers.
This would make a first class site for travellers. Got Ya
  • Score: 6

9:30pm Wed 19 Feb 14

K. Richardson says...

Should I comment ? yeah OK.
Teesside airport is the worst I've flown out of and I will not miss it for a nanosecond.
You go darlo council and f*ck your people over because that's what they are used to.
Should I comment ? yeah OK. Teesside airport is the worst I've flown out of and I will not miss it for a nanosecond. You go darlo council and f*ck your people over because that's what they are used to. K. Richardson
  • Score: -1

1:42am Thu 20 Feb 14

latsot says...

According to the airport website, it has flights to the following locations:

Southampton
Lapland(!)
Amsterdam
Aberdeen

That is all.

Not London. Not Brussels. Not Paris. The only hub it flies to is Amsterdam. To get to London, you'd need to change there.

I've lived a mile from the airport for 15 years and travel a *lot* for work but have only been able to fly from DTV a handful of times. It's getting worse all the time. At least I used to be able to get to Brussels.

It's such a shame. I really want the airport to survive but I don't see how it can at this point.
According to the airport website, it has flights to the following locations: Southampton Lapland(!) Amsterdam Aberdeen That is all. Not London. Not Brussels. Not Paris. The only hub it flies to is Amsterdam. To get to London, you'd need to change there. I've lived a mile from the airport for 15 years and travel a *lot* for work but have only been able to fly from DTV a handful of times. It's getting worse all the time. At least I used to be able to get to Brussels. It's such a shame. I really want the airport to survive but I don't see how it can at this point. latsot
  • Score: 6

2:28am Thu 20 Feb 14

SirLance says...

It's been made such a bad experience to use on purpose! I hate the airport as it is now! Everything about it sucks! It's in the final thrashings before becoming sold off to property development! Congratulations to all the schemers and crooks who have transpired to make this airport so untenable! From initial arrival parking, side entrance through the cafe, airport departure tax, rude KLM check in, the impersonal 'safety shake down' before boarding from an almost defunct lounge, the cold windy walk across the tarmac and on it goes!
I arrived from Bangkok in December and had to wait 40 minutes to claim my baggage! a woman complained for an explanation but ?--nothing! There's been no investment in that airport for years! Teesside folks it's a done deal, don't waste your time on a worthless petition!! My next arrival will be via Newcastle. RIP Teesside (It's never been Durham Tees valley in my book! Shameful episode!).
It's been made such a bad experience to use on purpose! I hate the airport as it is now! Everything about it sucks! It's in the final thrashings before becoming sold off to property development! Congratulations to all the schemers and crooks who have transpired to make this airport so untenable! From initial arrival parking, side entrance through the cafe, airport departure tax, rude KLM check in, the impersonal 'safety shake down' before boarding from an almost defunct lounge, the cold windy walk across the tarmac and on it goes! I arrived from Bangkok in December and had to wait 40 minutes to claim my baggage! a woman complained for an explanation but ?--nothing! There's been no investment in that airport for years! Teesside folks it's a done deal, don't waste your time on a worthless petition!! My next arrival will be via Newcastle. RIP Teesside (It's never been Durham Tees valley in my book! Shameful episode!). SirLance
  • Score: 9

5:07am Thu 20 Feb 14

BMD says...

Since Darlington Council has been involved there has been a steady cancellation of international destinations.

This is an opportunity for the Northern Echo to participate in some investigative journalism or they could just telephone Darlington Council will the kettle is boiling……
Since Darlington Council has been involved there has been a steady cancellation of international destinations. This is an opportunity for the Northern Echo to participate in some investigative journalism or they could just telephone Darlington Council will the kettle is boiling…… BMD
  • Score: 7

6:21am Thu 20 Feb 14

grandmab says...

I will miss Teeside airport. Landing at Newcastle (summer flights only) and Manchester make a long commute to Darlington. I fly KLM simply because they land here. This airport was doomed the minute Tony Blair no longer needed it. There is also the perfume factor. At Manchester and Newcastle I have to have a security escort to use the staff hallways to get to my plane avoiding the perfume that they spray as you pass duty free. It is not fun having to fly when you are having a severe migraine caused by these noxious substances. Not fun for other passengers as you vomit your way across the Atlantic.
I will miss Teeside airport. Landing at Newcastle (summer flights only) and Manchester make a long commute to Darlington. I fly KLM simply because they land here. This airport was doomed the minute Tony Blair no longer needed it. There is also the perfume factor. At Manchester and Newcastle I have to have a security escort to use the staff hallways to get to my plane avoiding the perfume that they spray as you pass duty free. It is not fun having to fly when you are having a severe migraine caused by these noxious substances. Not fun for other passengers as you vomit your way across the Atlantic. grandmab
  • Score: 1

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