Why DID a yellow NYC taxi pull up outside Teesside Airport?

By Lisa James
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Passengers at Teesside Airport could have been forgiven for thinking they’d arrived in New York, when the north-east terminal was turned into a movie set.

The airport was transformed into New York International Airport, with famous yellow NYC taxis pulling up outside, for a new romantic comedy, Upgraded, that lands on Prime Video this Friday (9 February). 

Filming for Upgraded saw the airport terminal signs and luggage trolleys changed to black and yellow, check-in desks and digital displays converted to the fictional Sovereign Air airline and New York taxis pull up at the entrance. 

Teesside International Airport Managing Director Phil Forster said: “We were delighted to welcome the cast and crew of Upgraded to Teesside Airport and it’s fantastic to see our airport in the finished film. 

“Our airport is a great location for our passengers and the fact that we can stand in as New York in a major Hollywood film shows how far we have come in transforming our terminal building into a modern and vibrant place from which even the stars want to travel.” 

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “We know we have superb locations for filming across Teesside, Hartlepool and Darlington and it’s great that Teesside Airport is now also firmly on that list. 

“Our airport was once a crumbling, failing business but in just the past year we have enjoyed the best passenger numbers in more than a decade and are now starring in major movies.” 

Upgraded is the latest feature film shot in the Tees Valley and comes as major drive to grow the thriving local film and TV industry continues. 

Watch a trailer here.

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