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Old 11th Mar 2011, 07:07   #1081 (permalink)
 
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From BBC Tees:

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Durham Tees Valley Airport has reported a rise in passenger numbers for the first two months of 2011.

Figures for January showed 17,203 passengers used the airport compared to 11,719 a year ago.

In February passenger numbers totalled 16,266, compared to 13,087 in the same month in 2010.

Owners Peel Airports said the figures showed people had not been put off by the introduction of 6 passenger facility fee in November 2010.

Airport director Mike Morton said Durham Tees Valley was "fighting back" after overall passenger numbers plummeted by 63,000 in 2010.
BBC News - Rise in passengers using Durham Tees Valley Airport
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Old 13th Mar 2011, 15:08   #1082 (permalink)
 
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FLYBE

I contacted Flybe about starting any new routes from Durham Tees Valley. I asked if there would be any planned for the future. At the moment they will not be creating any routes yet. But with the Loss of the NCL-STN route I think there is more chance of a new route to london from a North East Airport. I used the NCL-STN route about 8-10 times a year and it was on average 70% full. I would love an airline to fly to London from my own local airport. I would use it and many others would. I think a Dash 8 would suit the route and I would say it would be 70-90 percent full all time time.
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Old 13th Mar 2011, 18:12   #1083 (permalink)
 
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The figures are a little better but it has to be akin to including the Titanic in shipping figures and working forwards. The only way is up (hopefully).
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Old 13th Mar 2011, 19:25   #1084 (permalink)
 
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Lets hope the ways up and MME gets back to the good old days with passengers nearing 1,000,000. I am hoping for that one day soon. I do a lot of plane spotting and only go to MME if there is a new aircraft there. I would love to spend a whole day there but you cant. Also I think the airport is in a great location. Just needs them flights
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Old 14th Mar 2011, 08:09   #1085 (permalink)
 
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Hi David, welcome to PPRuNe, unsure as to whether you have perused the various forums, however :-
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David.Crosby I do a lot of plane spotting and only go to MME if there is a new aircraft there.
There is also a forum set up specifically to cater for your interests :- Spectators Balcony (Spotters Corner)
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Old 14th Mar 2011, 13:35   #1086 (permalink)
 
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I do understand you about the plane spotting part and about the other forums. But i was just saying lets hope DTVA gets back to the old days of near 1,000,000 passengers.
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Old 14th Mar 2011, 14:15   #1087 (permalink)
 
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I fear the rises for January and February will turn out to be a dead cat bounce. For March the Aer Lingus flights to Dublin will be in the comparative figures in 2010 but not 2011 and from April 2010 the Ryanair flights. The airport will be back to stagnation at best.
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Old 14th Mar 2011, 15:23   #1088 (permalink)
 
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Jet2

I emailed Jet2 about creating a base at DTVA and I got this reply

Thank you for your recent correspondence.

While we appreciate your valuable suggestion, unfortunately we are unable to comment on any future routes to be announced.

Ah well maybe in the future they may just try DTVA out
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Old 14th Mar 2011, 17:18   #1089 (permalink)
 
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I emailed Jet2 about creating a base at DTVA
Ironically you probably made more progress and showed a more positive determination than that reflected over recent years by Ms **** and the rest of the crew that made up the DTVA marketing dept !
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Old 14th Mar 2011, 19:14   #1090 (permalink)
 
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I probs do, I love my local airport and wish it gets better. I should go to DTVA and work there. i would probs get more routes than they do. They need to get onto every airline and offer them things they cant say no. We need more airlines
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Old 14th Mar 2011, 20:22   #1091 (permalink)
 
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For those who are interested, I've pulled together the numbers from the CAA website for February 2011, Feb 2010 and Feb 2009

It appears that the flights to Cardiff, Stansted and Liverpool were all one-off charters, so should probably be ignored. Aberdeen, Alicante and Amsterdam all seem pretty stable compared to 2010. Southampton ahs seen big growth in percentage terms, but as it's a small route, this is still a small change in absolute passenger numbers. The big story compared to 2010, as with January 2011, is the weekly Thomson routes to both Tenerife and Sharm El Sheikh.

.........................2011....2010....2009
Aberdeen............2,612...2,505...2,399
Southampton.........604......426.........0
Amsterdam..........8,228...8,158...7,771
Alicante..............1,437...1,486...1,471
Tenerife.............1,494..........0.........0
Sharm El Sheikh ..1,344..........0.........0
Heathrow..................0.........0...4,423
Dublin.......................0.........0...3,150
Cardiff......................0........42.........0...one-off charter ?
Stansted..................0..........0........70...one-off charter ?
Liverpool..................0..........0........31...one-off charter ?
Total................15,719..12,575....19,315

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Old 14th Mar 2011, 22:19   #1092 (permalink)
 
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Great work Davidjohnson6. great table. and it shows you what 2 routes from thomson was great result
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Old 15th Mar 2011, 20:23   #1093 (permalink)
 
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We don't seem to be getting many of the Leeds diversions anyone know why. Lack of staff?
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 11:33   #1094 (permalink)
 
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A summary of some of Mike Morton's points on the BBC Tees phone-in this morning:


- The airport name is still "up for grabs" and open to discussion - especially now we have Vancouver as the main shareholder. Lots of feeling about it, and a return to Teesside Airport "not ruled out" if it's right.
- They recognise that signposts still say Teesside Airport, and you'll often check in for a flight to Teesside Airport rather than DTVA at a foreign airport.
- Thomson winter flights have been a "massive success" and as such they will return with Alicante, Sharm el Sheikh and Tenerife next winter.
- Thomson summer flights will have larger aircraft this year (757?)
- If the airport station had greater use and passenger numbers were higher, they'd support it with a bus service.
- They will be revisiting the Sunderland Air Show traffic to try and get them back
- Were unable to keep hold of Aer Arann/Aer Lingus because ash cloud had a knock on effect, and didn't give it enough time to work for the airline. They are looking at Dublin and Belfast routes for future.
- Had discussions with a Middle Eastern carrier to start Asian route from one of the Peel airports - it could be here.
- Ryanair won't return in the short term. Doesn't believe Heathrow or Gatwick flights will return; other London airports possible.
- Discussing 'Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport' with local enthusiasts soon to promote the airport in the community
- Making repairs to the Terminal roof, which has been bad for some time
- GA activity is the "heart and soul of the place". They want to see the flying school succeed and will support them.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 13:29   #1095 (permalink)
 
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- Thomson summer flights will have larger aircraft this year (757?)
Should indeed be an EDI based B757 operating PMI
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 15:15   #1096 (permalink)
 
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Based on the Thomson summer program, it does indeed appear to be the EDI-based aircraft that will operate the PMI-MME-PMI charters this summer.

Furthermore, just to make life a little bit more interesting, Jethros Fleet Listings mentioned that Astraeus B757 G-OJIB is due to be leased to Thomson for the May-October period to cover the EDI base...so presumably it will be this aircraft that we'll see in MME.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 16:31   #1097 (permalink)
 
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Big shame they cannot keep the winter flights running through the summer I am quite sure they could sell Sharm El Sheikh, Tenerife and difinitely Alicante.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 17:30   #1098 (permalink)
 
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Had discussions with a Middle Eastern carrier to start Asian route from one of the Peel airports - it could be here.
Presumably Etihad, though no logic whatsoever to look at DTV unless see large market in NE as a whole & EK's link to NCL keeping them out. Reality is that the whole infrastructure requires significant improvement to take this quote seriously!
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 21:15   #1099 (permalink)
 
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the whole infrastructure requires significant improvement to take this quote seriously
I presume you mean the whole infrastructure of Teesside, rather than the whole infrastructure of Durham Tees Valley Airport, since no amount of the latter can create the demand for air travel that would make the airport viable.
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Old 17th Mar 2011, 23:59   #1100 (permalink)
 
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I don't really see that having trains stop at a station which cannot be used to enter the airport or putting on buses will help the airport. The car is King. The new(ish) exit from the A66 is excellent and the surrounding motorway and A road system is second to none. The winter Thomson schedule has proven it. Give us the destinations that we want and Teessiders and people from further afield will support the airport.
If the renaming of the airport is still open then the sooner they revert to the roadsigns and departure boards in most airports the better.
If Easyjet open a base at Teesside then I will do a Bernie Slaven.
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