Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has revealed that Ryanair, Europe’s no. 1 airline, will be expanding its services from Teesside International Airport with flights to Corfu taking to the skies in just a few months.
The weekly flight to the popular Greek island will start in July 2021, helping people from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool get great value flights to another top UK holiday destination without having to travel to Newcastle.
The new Ryanair route builds on the 7-year commitment from the airline to operate flights to Alicante and Majorca from Teesside, and is another huge vote of confidence in the airport and local people by Ryanair.
To celebrate the launch of the new route, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99, for travel from July until the end of October 2021. Flights need to be booked by midnight on Friday 23 April on the Ryanair.com
Securing a low-cost operator for Teesside Airport was a key part of the airport’s ten-year turnaround plan, which is now 2-years ahead of schedule.
Over the last 6-months significant work has been taking place as part of a major redevelopment of the airport, including a complete overhaul of the departure area to create new bars, cafes and restaurants. Security has been upgraded and equipped with the latest body and bag scanners to speed up security checks and the arrivals hall has been redeveloped in partnership with five-star hotel Rockliffe Hall. Ensuring passengers flying either out or into Teesside have the best possible experience.
Mayor Houchen said: “This news is another huge vote of confidence in our amazing airport. It shows the announcement made last November was just the start. Ryanair are committed to Teesside for the long-term because they can see what a remarkable asset out airport is.
“When we secured the return of Ryanair after an absence of 10-years, I said then it was a seismic day for Teesside Airport, this expansion of flights by Europe’s no. 1 airline goes to show just how confident they are in Teesside and our amazing local people.
“Securing a low-cost airline was always the crucial part in our rescue plan for Teesside Airport, not only have we achieved this ahead of schedule, within months of landing Ryanair they’re adding more destinations from Teesside.
“Since bringing our airport back into public ownership and saving it from closure, we’ve made huge progress in unleashing its true potential. We’ve secured more airlines to more destinations; we’re investing in a major redevelopment of the terminal building and we’re creating good-quality, well-paid jobs for local people.
“Because of the hard work and dedication of the amazing team at our airport we’re 2-years ahead of schedule on delivering the10-year rescue plan, a plan that is working and transforming our airport into the success every Teessider knows it can be.
“I am sure this new Corfu route will perform very well as local people look ahead to safely returning to the sun.”
Ryanair’s Commercial Director, Jason McGuinness, said: “Our connections to Palma de Mallorca and Alicante are proving to be a popular choice for Teesside consumers and we’re pleased to expand the region’s connectivity with this new route to Corfu (Greece), bringing a third holiday destination for British families to enjoy this summer.
"Teesside Airport continue to work to deliver efficient operations and competitive airport charges, which offer the means for long-term traffic growth and new routes.
"To celebrate this new Corfu route, we are launching a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99, for travel from July until the end of October 2021, which must be booked by midnight Friday (23 April). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.”