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Old 19th Feb 2013, 14:25
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Exclamation 'major' New Development for DTVA (MME)

'major' New Development for DTVA (MME)

http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/te...4229-32839581/

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Old 19th Feb 2013, 15:32
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That's good news for the airport, spotters and local job prospects.

Brings a different meaning to 'one-way ticket'.

Unfortunately, does nothing to increase passenger numbers.
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 16:46
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Sycamore

Quote from the Q&A at post 2489:

Isn’t it the case that Peel has no real interest in the aviation side of Tees Valley Airport but regards it as piece of real estate it can exploit?

I wouldn’t deny that we would like to maximise the opportunities of the site and assets around it. If you go into Manchester Airport you see Airport City which has enterprise zone status helping to feed off the airport and invest money back in the airport itself. That is the type of sensible business proposition we want here. To suggest that we would do this at the expense of the airport itself would be incorrect. Our strongest desire is to make the airport successful and we have to make is viable as soon as possible.
This is exactly the sort of thing MME should be doing, attracting as much complementary business as they can to spread the fixed cost base. Passenger numbers aren't everything!
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 18:50
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I agree. Things like scrapping/parting out, engineering/maintenance could bring useful work & revenue to Teesside. If the guy can make it work, don't turn up your nose at it. A diversity of work is a good thing!
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 20:38
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I believe the plan is to get more firms like Sycamore and Weston and Cobham etc in, then when they do build passenger numbers back up, they have something to fall back on should it ever go wrong again.
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 21:15
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That's me in the photo and I'm not sure I'm happy it being on here but never-mind.

As it goes, we all had a damn good laugh doing it. Us volunteers allowed airport staff to concentrate on airside areas which in turn kept the airport open more than it would have been last year and the work we did / banter we shared with the pax improved their experience no end.

I wouldn't have accepted pay if they'd offered it.
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Old 19th Feb 2013, 22:35
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Beafer, living where you do you should of gotten yourself down and given them a hand.

Can anyone say how much money airports make per passenger there was talk that some airports make nothing only taking money from shops and carparking.
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Old 27th Feb 2013, 16:22
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Thumbs up

Already covered in post 2506 above, but also covered in today's (27 February 2013) Northern Echo

Pilot makes a happy landing recycling planes (From The Northern Echo)

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Old 28th Feb 2013, 18:05
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The commerical director has given Sycamore a 5 year lease.
Job done then, MME will be staying open for another 5 years I presume?
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Old 28th Feb 2013, 19:44
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'MME will be staying open for another 5 years I presume? '......as an airfield or scrapyard ?
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Old 28th Feb 2013, 21:21
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People seem to think Sycamore is going to take-over the whole airport, yeah sure it will hopefully become a fairly big operation, but it's only one operation.

And as for the airport closing, it would be pointless as the site would still look the same in 20, 50, 100+ years time as there's nothing else you can legally do with the land
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Old 28th Feb 2013, 21:29
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DTVAirport - were the airport to genuinely close and permanently lose all ATC, I find it very difficult to believe the land would remain dormant for 100 years - either the freeholder or the council would presumably step in and do something. If action needs to be taken in Whitehall, the Govt in power will act just to show they are helping to reduce unemployment.
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Old 2nd Mar 2013, 00:03
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what spin from KLM and the airport? The route is doing well, a 2-3 passengers per flight increase is what was targeted by both parties and my sources tell me it has in fact earned us a fourth daily rotation from April - just a rumour I must add therefore take with a pinch of salt, nor is there anything on the KLM website, but the source is usually good
DTVAirport - you mentioned that you heard that KLM would be adding another rotation. It seems grossly unfair to hold you to something that you stated clearly had no more value than unsubstantiated rumour, but out of genuine interest, have you heard anything more on this from your contact ?
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Old 2nd Mar 2013, 00:56
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Heard nothing more, looks like the easyJet NCL-AMS route may have put paid to it, having said that I wouldn't consider our route under threat by any means despite the pax reduction, we've competed successfully with LCCs at NCL on the route for many years before now so why couldn't we again?
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Old 2nd Mar 2013, 17:34
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Remind me. Other than the short lived Jet2 NCL-AMS, what LCCs has Teesside successfully competed against?
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Old 3rd Mar 2013, 17:35
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fa2fi - from the January CAA stats it looks like the KLM route is largely keeping market share amongst what are likely non-leisure passengers - at least when you factor in cancellations due to weather. Will be interesting in mid May to compare April 2013 against April 2012 and see the views of leisure travellers in the North East
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Old 9th Mar 2013, 12:14
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Interesting thread this.

MME is by far my nearest and most convenient airport. I travel regularly with work but MME is consistently £300 more than the same route on KLM from NCL or LBA. Last minute flights are cost prohibitive - a couple of weeks ago I got quoted £1150 for a return economy ticket to Stockholm.

I doubt Eastyjet's new NCL-AMS route is really impacting MME as the majority of customers on the MME-AMS route appear to be flying on elsewhere via KLM. I think a bigger threat is SAS new route NCL-CPH, especially for those flyers going to Scandinavia.

KLM are still generally getting my business but I will only fly from MME if I can book 4 weeks or more in advance to secure a good price.
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Old 9th Mar 2013, 20:07
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Aerospace company remains committed to North-East airport (From The Northern Echo)
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Old 10th Mar 2013, 20:29
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Agree

Agree on the prices. Tried to get on KLM to Brussels the other week at short notice and the price was horrendous. Went via Leeds instead. Sad that when there are seats available from my struggling local airport, I have to travel elsewhere. Off out from MME this week at a sensible price; hope the snow stays away!
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 21:22
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The airport’s owner, Peel Holdings, has now applied to Darlington Borough Council to change a 1.7 hectare section of the car park - more than 900 spaces - into a storage area for caravans, motorhomes and other vehicles for the next three years.
Andy Foulds, commercial director for Durham Tees Valley Airport, said the company had to maximize all business opportunities for the site in order to keep it sustainable...

...in a statement, Mr Foulds said: “Maximising business opportunities for the whole site is important to sustain the airport. In this instance we were approached by an organisation which offers storage facilities for vehicles, including mobile homes, seeking temporary use of a section of our car parking area which is some distance from the terminal and is actually cordoned off at present. If the application is approved it will enable us generate income from an asset which is currently under-used.”
Airport bids to turn car park into caravan storage site (From The Northern Echo)

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