Earlier this week the Government made the decision to expand London Heathrow Airport, following the independent Airport Commissions recommendation for a new Northwest runway.
This is a significant step for the North East, as new flights between Durham Tees Valley and Heathrow could be created as a result.
The government estimates that compared with no expansion, an extra 260,000 passengers will make one way trips to or from the North East using domestic flights to access Heathrow’s international connections.
MP for Sedgefield Phil Wilson, whose constituency includes part of Durham Tees Valley airport has welcomed the ‘excellent news’ having campaigned for the decision for a long time.
Speaking of the expansion of London Heathrow, Mr Wilson said ‘it gives Durham Tees Valley a link to a major international hub, and I am delighted by the decision.’
Both Steve Gill, Chief Executive of Durham Tees Valley and James Ransbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce welcomed the decision, and credited the positive impact new flights between Durham Tees Valley and Heathrow could have on the North East’s economy.
In addition, the expansion of Heathrow is hoped to deliver £61 billion of benefits to passengers and the UK economy, better connecting the UK with long haul destination and the growing markets across the world.