Children take to the skies on Jubilee flight
Children from all over the North East were treated to a special flight over the region today as part of the ongoing Jubilee Celebrations.
Durham Tees Valley Airport has teamed up with Dutch airline KLM to launch a new campaign aimed at promoting their global links.
A master plan to secure the furture of Durham Tees Valley airport is being published today.
It includes a public consultation period of two months.
It comes just two weeks after it was announced there would be no charter flights operating out of the airport after this year.
The check-in desks have opened for the first flight between Newcastle and Copenhagen.
SAS will operate the route 6 days a week between the two cities.
The first flight is scheduled to depart at 19:10.
A plane has gone off the end of the runway whilst getting ready to take off at Durham Tees Valley Airport, an airport spokesman has confirmed.
Emergency services were called after a Falcon 20 jet, operated by Cobham Aviation Services, reportedly developed a problem at around 9am. Three people were onboard at the time but no one was injured. The airport has continued to operate as normal.
An airport spokesperson said:
– Spokesperson, Durham Tees Valley Airport
"Emergency services have been involved in dealing with an incident at Durham Tees Valley airport this morning.
"The incident involved a Falcon 20 aircraft operated by Cobham Aviation Services.
"It is believed the aircraft developed problems whilst preparing for take-off and left the end of the runway.
"Three people were on board the aircraft.
"There are not believed to be any injuries and the airport is continuing to operate as normal.
"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident."
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident.
An extension to Newcastle International Airport will be officially opened this morning by Transport Minister Theresa Villiers. The £3.2 million improvements aim to make it easier for passengers to go through security. It's considered to be a major investment in the North East's biggest airport.
Durham Tees Valley is campaigning to raise awareness of its global destinations.
The campaign focuses on its service to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, where passengers can travel onwards to other countries.
It is the main marketing drive since the majority of the airport's shares changed hands.