Teesside Airport has added another sunny holiday destination to its departure lounge as demand in European getaways increases.

Passengers will be able to fly to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in 2024 with a new flight to Dalaman, Turkey.

The weekly route will fly to and from Teesside every Tuesday from 28 May until 17 September. The flights offer locals the opportunity of visiting the sandy beaches of Marmaris and Olu Deniz, as well as scenic bays along the south-western edge of Turkey.

The announcement of the holiday favourite comes after TUI revealed it is doubling the number of Teesside flights to Palma, Majorca, in summer 2023. This will mean more flexibility on stays. The two flights a week to Majorca are also on sale now for 2024.

TUI flights to Antalya are also on sale for next summer, operating every Thursday from 25 May to 21 September. Temperatures top an average of 35C in the height of summer in Turkey.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen praised TUI's introduction of more flights from the region's airportTees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen praised TUI's introduction of more flights from the region's airport (Image: Dave Charnley)

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Our summer flights saw some of the highest passenger numbers seen for decades – thanks to local people backing our airport, airlines are backing us by giving them more of the flights people want.

“Just a few days ago, TUI doubled the number of Palma flights for next summer, and now they’ve added another popular holiday spot to Dalaman, Turkey from Summer 2024.

“This is yet another massive vote of confidence in our fantastic airport and this is helping us turn it around to become the success we all know it can be.

“We’re greedy. We still want Tenerife, we still want Malaga, but it’s a journey. If we keep getting support from the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, we will get them and we will get there.”

TUI is set to offer a number of free kids’ places as part of its summer 2024 holiday programme. Holiday bookings can also see costs spread with a £0 deposit available when people pay via Direct Debit.

The new announcements come after KLM pledged to restart its popular 6am service from Teesside to Amsterdam Schiphol – opening up connections to more than 160 worldwide destinations.

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