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Thomson announces new destination from Durham Tees Valley

Thomson will provide a weekly service from Durham Tees Valley to Ibiza in summer 2014 Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The holiday company Thomson has announced it will provide a weekly service from Durham Tees Valley Airport to Ibiza for the 2014 summer season.

Flights for the new destination went on sale from today (April 25th). It becomes the company's second summer service from the airport - joining the existing Majorca route.

Airport Director Steve Gill said:

"We are very pleased that Thomson has decided to offer this additional service to Ibiza which is a popular destination for North East holidaymakers. Bookings can be made from today which gives people plenty of time to plan ahead for next summer.

"We are in constant discussions with airlines and operators about developing new routes and services. It remains a tough market but it is good to have positive news today. What's important now is that local people show their support for both the new service and the Majorca service."

– Steve Gill, Airport Director for Durham Tees Valley Airport

Durham Tees Valley, which is based near Darlington, has struggled to maintain the number of people travelling via the airport in recent years. Passenger numbers peaked at more than 735,000 in 2007, but that figure fell to around 165,000 in 2012.

The airport has also lost a number of its carriers and routes. Bosses have said this is due to the rising cost of aviation fuel and an increase in tax on tickets.