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The sold-out Tui flight takes off from Teesside Airport for the first time in almost a decade

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Tui flights have taken off from Teesside for the first time in almost a decade.

A full plane carrying passengers to Mallorca took off from Teesside International Airport on Tuesday May 10, much to the delight of passengers who described the new route and newly refurbished terminal facilities as “fantastic”.

The holiday company will operate one flight per week to the popular Spanish island throughout the summer, departing and returning every Tuesday. Next year Tui plans to introduce a second service to Turkey offering flights from Teesside in the summer of 2023.

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Passengers boarding the Mallorca flight were thrilled to have the chance to fly from their local airport. They praised the facilities and staff and said it was great to have door service.

“I’m so happy to be traveling from our local airport again. We’ve waited long enough and finally made it, may it last. Fantastic,” Ed Kelly said. Anne McCourt last flew from Teesside many years ago, she raves about the airport and its staff: “Love it, I’m so impressed, it was so nice to be able to get up late rather than in the middle of the night,” she says. “The airport is beautifully presented, it’s clean, the staff are lovely, the atmosphere is very relaxed, everyone is ready to help and to help and they are nice. Great.”

Teresa and Lawrence Carlton were looking forward to a break in Mallorca and traveling from Teesside made it easier, they said. “It’s right next door, easy to get to. We just need more flights and have to keep going. It’s convenient for us to get from here,” they said.

The takeoff comes as it was revealed the Teesside-Heathrow flight has been axed after just a year. Airport chiefs and Loganair officials announced the cancellation on Monday afternoon – with landing fees at Britain’s biggest airport rising. Loganair’s Teesside route to Southampton – which used the same aircraft – was also cut as part of the move.

The Mallorca flight left the airport for Palma at 10.55am. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It’s fantastic to have Tui on board again to provide locals with great value stays in a hugely popular destination. The fact that today’s flight was fully booked shows how excited people are to have the service back and future bookings seem equally encouraging.

“We have stepped up our flights to deliver one of the best summer times in years, but 2023 will be even better as the holiday company demonstrates a new vote of confidence in Teesside and also adds Antalya to the mix. The only reason we’ve been able to secure the routes we have is because of people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool showing their support – and thanks to our multi-million pound terminal redevelopment it’s running smoother and faster than ever to use your local airport to get away on a well-deserved break.



Passengers boarding the plane

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Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning at Tui, said: “We are delighted to be taking our customers on holiday again from Teesside International Airport after so many years. Our flights mean that people on Teesside have more options for getting away from it all to enjoy a well-deserved break more quickly and easily, with access to a wide range of hotel concepts and cruise holiday options.

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning at Tui, said: “We are delighted to be taking our customers on holiday again from Teesside International Airport after so many years. Our flights mean that people on Teesside have more options for getting away from it all to enjoy a well-deserved break more quickly and easily, with access to a wide range of hotel concepts and cruise holiday options.

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