Radical plans for a major international airport in the North East - even larger than Manchester's - have been put forward.
A transport expert from Middlesbrough says that it is the only way that the region can compete in the future.
If the idea is approved the new airport would be built near Peterlee, replacing Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley Airports, but many say that the idea has a slim chance of becoming a reality.
The company behind proposals for a new international airport to be built in the region have released an image of what the airport might look like.
The plans are currently only an idea, but if given the go ahead the airport would supersede both Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports and be built near Peterlee.
Plans for a new major international airport to be built in the North East have been put forward by a transport expert from Middlesbrough.
The airport would be built north of Peterlee, replacing the region's existing airports, and it is expected that it would be bigger than Manchester Airport.
Transport architect Tim Narey believes that a new airport for the North East should be as big as it can possibly be.
A transport expert from Middlesbrough has put forward the idea for a new major airport to be built in the North East.
The new international airport would replace the existing airports at Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle, and would be built north of Peterlee.
If the idea is approved the new airport could be bigger than the airport in Manchester.