Budget airline Ryanair has confirmed that its twice weekly service to Palma will continue to operate throughout the winter, flying every Tuesday and Saturday from Teesside.
Welcoming the news, Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, said: “This is yet another huge vote of confidence in our airport and just weeks after announcing the return of Ryanair they are making the Palma service year-round.
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“This is the evidence that proves that if local people are given a proper choice they will back their local airport.
“2021 was billed as the year that the airport was due to close under Peel ownership, but instead it’s now owned by local people and celebrating its 80th year in style with new airlines, a new look airport and a new winter schedule.
“Our airport is going from strength to strength and we’re putting the building blocks in place to make sure it can rise from the ashes to the success we need our airport to be as it’s going to play such a key role in our recovery from Covid-19.”
The new destination follows the Prime Minister’s announcement that foreign holidays could be permitted from May 17, with hope that all Covid restrictions will be lifted on June 21.
In the hours after the announcement on Monday, February 22, airlines reported a surge in holiday bookings. August is the most booked month, followed by July and September.
The new flights to Palma from Teesside Airport are expected to be a hit with holidaymakers later in the year, as major airlines report the destination is among the most popular holidays this year, along with beach resorts including Malaga, Alicante, Faro in Portugal and the Greek island of Crete.
Securing low-cost flights was a key part of the airport’s ten-year turnaround plan as it undergoes a multi-million-pound transformation to its main terminal building.