Teesside Airport staff drop in on local travel agents

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Staff at Teesside Airport are visiting more than 120 travel agents in the northeast to highlight the routes available for summer 2023.

Some 11 members of airport’s team, from directors to air traffic controllers, have been dropping into shops with goody bags and more information about flights from Teesside, including TUI’s flights to Antalya and Palma, plus its new service to Dalaman starting in May 2024.

Ryanair will also fly from Teesside to Alicante, Corfu, Faro and Palma next summer. It already flies to Alicante in the winter.

In addition, KLM has a twice-daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol, where it connects with flights to more than 160 destinations.

The agency visits came off the back of the airport’s biggest summer in almost a decade, when holiday flights were 90% full.

Passenger traffic from Teesside Airport in August was almost twice as high as in August 2019.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Local people know about, and love, their airport – this was clear to see in this summer’s hugely successful holiday season. 

“Now we need to get the message out far and wide, to those who maybe don’t know about our huge terminal transformation which has made it smoother, quicker and more convenient than ever to fly from Teesside. 

“There are more than five million people living within a 90-minute drive to our airport and shining a spotlight on our airport starts with our regional travel agents. With these efforts and their backing, I’ve no doubt we’ll see an even bigger and better 2023.”

Phil Forster, Managing Director at Teesside International Airport said: “We’ve been working hard at every level to increase engagement with our airport, from taking part in international conferences such as Routes World to hosting travel agents at the airport, letting them see first-hand how we’ve changed.

“This is the first time we’ve taken our story to their doorsteps in a massive push involving a wide range of airport staff. It’s important agents don’t just hear the same old sales pitch and getting everyone who is passionate about Teesside International to engage is a great way of showing the true face of the airport – a friendly, welcoming, stress-free start to anyone’s trip.”

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