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Final preparations underway for Teesside Airshow

The final preparations are underway for the return of the Teesside Airshow - 26 years after the last show.

Organisers say tomorrow's one day event at Durham Tees Valley Airport will be bigger and better than ever before.

Last year's return show had to be postponed following the Shoreham Airshow disaster. New safety measures are now in place for all air events.

Chris Petty who works for organisers Skydive Events says visitors will have a great day:

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Work begins at Durham Tees Valley Airport

Durham Tees Valley Airport Credit: ITV News

Work is starting this week on a newly-acquired site at Durham Tees Valley Airport which the airport hopes will help them to "maximise future development."

The former hangar building was last used as a sports and tennis centre and sits upon 9.5 acres of land that the airport has just bought.

The steel frame of the building is being dismantled and removed this week.

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New plan to secure Durham Tees Valley Airport

Taking off: Durham Tees Valley Airport. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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.

Alex Cunningham response to Durham Tees Valley announcement

"Whilst I understand the reasons behind the Company's plans, I very much regret the loss of jobs and holiday flights both of which will affect people throughout the Tees Valley and beyond.

"The challenges facing the airport, which has been losing vast sums of money for several years, are well documented and it is important DTVA plays to its strengths, further developing scheduled flights and exploiting the niche markets identified.

"I hope these radical plans will provide business people and other travellers with even better facilities to help them connect to places across the world."

– Alex Cunningham, Labour, Stockton North

My Cunningham added, though, that MPs and others will be watching closely to ensure the airport delivers on their plan.

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