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Flights to Majorca will run from Durham Tees Valley Airport as of July 2020

Ben Houchen with JetsGo director Daniel Reilly announcing new route to Majorca Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham Tees Valley Airport will run flights to Palma, Majorca from July 2020.

The flights will be the first to Spain from the airport in seven years.

The route will be operated by travel agent JetsGo Holidays and airline Alba Star.

The airport is the third busiest in Spain, with 25 million passengers passing through every year.

The flights will run every Sunday from July 19 for ten weeks.

Speaking from the launch of the new route this morning, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said:

Just a few months after buying back our airport, I’m delighted to announce that flights to the UK’s most popular holiday destination will be returning to Teesside. With these flights to Majorca next year, JetsGo Holidays has become the latest company to throw its weight behind our airport.

“When kids break up for their summer holidays, families won’t have the slog to Manchester, Leeds or Newcastle to get a great value break – they’ll be able to jet off to Spain from Teesside for the first time in seven years.

“While we’re only four months in, this announcement, and the additional holiday flights to Bulgaria, demonstrates that our airport can be a success and our 10 Year Rescue Plan is working.”

– Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen

Tees Valley Airport was brought under public ownership in January, after a £40m deal led by the Tees Valley Combined authority, spearheaded by mayor Ben Houchen.

The first tourist flights took off for Bulgaria in March.