Bad news for airport

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DURHAM Tees Valley Airport has seen passenger numbers collapse to their lowest level in more than 30 years.

 Figures show 225,000 passengers used the airport from December 2009 to November, a trend, which if it continued last month, would represent the lowest level of passenger activity since 1975.

 Several airlines have pulled out of Durham Tees Valley in recent years and last month Ryanair announced it would not be resuming its final route out of the airport.

 Robin Tudor, a spokesman for parent company Peel Airports, said: “Commercial decisions taken by airlines often reflect the tough economic times or their individual circumstances.

 “We have seen through the years, the demand is there. We are working to try and get it back. It is critical passengers use the services there.”