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Teesside Airport name returns

The Teesside International Airport name has returned. Credit: Gazette Media Company Syndication

The name Teesside International Airport has returned to our region.

This is the new title for what was Durham Tees Valley Airport.

It is a return to the name it was changed from in 2004 and comes about following a public vot enext year.

The title was unveiled at a ceremony this morning with a new logo using the original colours of the airport from before the 2004 rebrand of blue and green.

This is designed to incorporate Teesside’s landmark Roseberry Topping into the design.

Tees Valley Myor Ben Houchen at the unveiling ceremony for Teeside International Airport. Credit: Gazette Media Company Syndication

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said:

We bought back our airport just over four months ago, as I promised we would, and now I’m delighted to re-launch it today under its rightful name of Teesside International.

The people of Teesside voted overwhelmingly to change our airport’s name back and I’ve delivered it for them.

Despite my job title, I know that people prefer Teesside to Tees Valley. When I speak to international investors they don’t know where Durham Tees Valley is either. For me, our airport name should reflect a brand people know and understand.

This is a cheap and cheerful rebrand designed in-house and hasn’t been dreamt up by an expensive London PR agency. We’ve gone back to the airport’s old colours and incorporated Roseberry Topping – our region’s most famous natural landmark.

Last week we announced the first flights to Spain from this airport for seven years. We’re making good progress on our 10 Year Rescue Plan to restore Teesside International to its former glory.

– Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor

Kate Willard, director of partnership development, Stobart Group, added:

This is an exciting day for the Tees Valley region, especially for Ben and his team, who have made such a major commitment to building a successful airport. Returning the airport to its original name is an important and symbolic milestone in that journey. From our experience of successfully operating London Southend Airport and Carlisle Lake District Airport, we know how vital local support is in the success of an airport.

Becoming Teesside International Airport once again will ensure not only a strong connection with the area, but also help raise awareness of the exciting opportunity the airport offers within the wider travel industry. This can help us attract more airlines and partners to work with us, ultimately improving the service we can offer to passengers.

– Kate Willard, Stobart Group