Teesside International Airport (MME) is a small airport serving North-East England, County Durham and North Yorkshire. It’s a tiny airport with very few flights. Eastern Airways just added several new routes, including one to London – probably doubling the airport flight activity.
Teesside Airport has had several different owners since the former RAF station was converted to a civil airport in 1964. In 2014, one owner changed the name to Durham Tees Valley Airport – although local signposting was left unaltered and everyone continued to refer to it as ‘Teesside Airport’. In July 2019 the Teesside Airport name returned.
Up to three hours of parking is free. Contrast that with £4 for 15 minutes at Newcastle. Having someone drop you by car is a good option, as Teesside Airport railway station is almost a one mile (1.6 km) walk from the terminal and only one train per week stops there – that’s at 14.54 on a Sunday! Here’s the station on a bleak winter day.
The heyday for Teesside Airport was between 1969 and 2009 when British Midland operated a service to London Heathrow. The only scheduled international flight since then has been KLM to Amsterdam.
I am always amazed at how the airport is underused. There are plenty of people based in the North East, who work in the Middle East and Africa oil and gas sectors. The British Midland flight was always full and used to connect to Heathrow long-haul flights – now they travel via Amsterdam. I suspect mismanagement.
This mismanagement has led to a Passenger Facility Fee (PFF) of £6 which must be purchased prior to passing through security. The Tees Valley Mayor has pledged to abolish the charge once the airport’s finances improve.
And maybe finances will improve now that Eastern Airways have added new routes: Cardiff (from February 10), Belfast City, Dublin and Southampton (from March 9), London City (from May 30). This in addition to their current route to Aberdeen and seasonal service to Jersey, Channel Islands. Their website hadn’t been updated to show the new routes at the time of writing. You can book flights through franchise partner Flybe and I can already see some of the new routes available to book.
Teesside International Airport
Darlington, Tees Valley, DL2 1LU
Featured image courtesy of ‘By The joy of all things‘
Teesside Railway Station courtesy of Felix Saward