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 a route to London Heathrow.
The route will commence on September 14 2020, initially operating daily using a 76-seat Embraer 170 aircraft.
Several other Eastern Airways routes from Teesside were already launched this year; Cardiff, Belfast City, Dublin, Southampton, London City. These in addition to an existing route to Aberdeen. It looks like the London City route will be dropped in favour of the Heathrow route.
Eastern Airways will use Terminal 2 at Heathrow, with flight schedules as follows:
Teesside to Heathrow
T3333 will depart Teesside at 08.15 on Saturday, 12.40 Monday-Friday, and 13.40 on Sunday, arriving at 09.25, 13.50 and 14.50 respectively.
Heathrow to Teesside
T3338 will depart Heathrow at 10.30 on Saturday, 14.30 Monday-Friday, and 15.30 on Sunday, arriving at 11.40, 15.40 and 16.40 respectively.
Aviation geeks will notice that the flight numbers are those originally used by BMI British Midland (BD331 / 333 / 335 / 337 and 339 southbound and BD332 / 334 / 336 / 338 / 340 Northbound) between 1969 and 2009.
Fares start from £54.99 each way, including taxes, charges and 15kg of hold luggage.
It will be interesting to see if this route can lure away oil and gas workers from the KLM to Amsterdam service. My guess is that although they previously connected via Heathrow, en route to Middle East, connecting via Amsterdam turned out to be convenient and cheaper. And they’ll likely be holding KLM Gold cards providing them with lounge access.
Up to three hours of parking at Teesside Airport 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.
Prior mismanagement of the airport 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.
Teesside International Airport
Darlington, Tees Valley, DL2 1LU
Teesside Railway Station courtesy of Felix Saward