Newcastle Airport has called on the government to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) to help regional airports.
From next April, Air Passenger Duty will rise to £13 per head from the current £12, for any internal UK flight and short haul destinations to Europe.
Going much further is already very pricey. A family of four flying to the States currently pays £268 in tax compared with just £38 for a similar journey from France.
Newcastle Airport's Graeme Mason was one of a number of regional airport executives to give evidence before the Commons Transport Select committee. He told MPs the biggest single immediate difference ministers could make to the success of local airport would be a cut in Air Passenger Duty.
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:
"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."
– Spokesperson, Durham Tees Valley Airport
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident.