Durham Tees Valley Airport has launched a major drive to attract more General Aviation business

Durham Tees Valley Airport has launched a major drive to attract more General Aviation business.

The term General Aviation (GA) covers everything from gliders and small private aircraft to air ambulance services and corporate jets, and new tariffs have been announced that offer savings for these aircraft, whether they are based at the airport or visiting.

Chris Harcombe, Head of Aviation Development with Peel Airports, says: “The announcement of the new tariffs marks a big step forward in offering a package which can attract more business right across the GA field. We are now offering excellent value fees for both new-based operators and visiting aircraft, together with monthly parking tariffs and improvements such as pre-booked landing cards.

“We have a lot to offer GA flyers – a good weather record, experienced and friendly air traffic services, instrument approach facilities, multi-use hangar space available immediately and the potential to provide bespoke new-build hangars rapidly if required.

“Over the coming months we will be drawing up plans for further innovations with the aim of establishing Durham Tees Valley as a focal point for General Aviation in the region.”

An enthusiast for the new approach is Craig McLeod, head of Naljets, the North East based jet travel and aircraft management company, which provides services to major international clients across the world.

“I am delighted that Durham Tees Valley wants to play an increasingly important role in the General Aviation sector which covers such a huge range of activities, from the individual or group owning a small private plan to companies such as ours, meeting the needs of major companies who often find themselves involved in projects in parts of the world where air services can be very limited.

“Whilst we operate on a global basis, Durham Tees Valley is one of the key bases for both our jet operations and our aerial photography business Airfotos. It offers excellent facilities and, with the new commitment to the sector, there is real potential for growth.”

Individuals or companies wishing to locate to Durham Tees Valley should contact aviation@peelairports.com or telephone 01302 801012.

Information on the tariffs is available on the airport website

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