Workers’ hopes for airport

Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Durham Tees Valley Airport.
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STAFF at Durham Tees Valley Airport are confident a buyer can be found.

Constituency MP Phil Wilson met union members and airport director Steve Gill this week after owners Peel Airport Limited announced it would sell its 75 per cent share in the airport.

Mr Wilson now plans to ask local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited to build an economic case for the airport.

He is also arranging a meeting with Transport Minister Theresa Villiers.

Peel Airport Ltd announced it was selling its share because the airport no longer fits its portfolio plans.

But it said it remains confident a buyer can be found that would continue to operate the airport as a going concern.

Gail Johnson, GMB union shop steward, said: “We are obviously disappointed (by the sale) but we’ve had a very positive meeting.

“The future could be very positive.

“I believe that Peel Airports hopes it can sell the airport. The vibes are very positive.

“The airport staff’s commitment is second to none. They have fought for this airport and will remain committed to it.”

Mr Wilson said he will support the search for a buyer who would keep the airport open as well as work with the union.