The Business Secretary is looking again at a failed bid from Durham Tees Valley airport to win a 6 million pounds government grant.
The cash would fund a site development that may be critical to the airport's future
Two local MPs met Mr Cable, after the airport lost out on the funding last month.
It comes at a time when there has already been a measured drop in passenger numbers, and warnings over the airport's sustainability.
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