AXED: Teesside Airport to Bristol flight to end next month
Teesside International Airport, Image: LDRS
A flight from Teesside Airport to Bristol will be axed next month as its airline confirmed the return of a route to the south coast.
Loganair will not run its six day per week route between Bristol and Teesside beyond October 29.
The firm planned a summer service to the western city in response to demand for UK “staycations” this year.
However, it’s understood the route will be stopped next month due to lack of demand.
A Loganair spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that the route will end this year as it was only planned for operation this summer.”
It comes as the airline revealed it would operate flights from Teesside to Southampton after Eastern Airways scrapped the route.
In response to the loss of Bristol, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said great progress was being made with new flights – with Southampton being the most recent.
He added: “We’re confident of adding even more, which means we’re miles ahead of schedule on our 10 year plan when it comes to new flights and new routes.
“The airline’s decision to suspend Bristol is led by the airline when looking at load factors and other routes that are more popular and is a decision for them to make.
“I’m confident we’ll see Bristol back on the departure boards in the future!”
Loganair recommenced flights from Teesside Airport in February this year after departing in 2018.
There was concern aired by senior Teesside Labour figures last month after Eastern stopped its Southampton and Aberdeen routes.
Esken – formerly known as the Stobart Group – gave back its 25% share in the airport at the end of July just two years on from agreeing to run it.
Questions over a £10m bailout to cope with covid this year and Esken leaving sparked a row between Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham and Mr Houchen.
Esken’s 25% stake will go to a new charitable foundation to focus on education, employment, welfare and regeneration across the region alongside its work at the publicly owned airport.
TVCA officials said the trust would consist of an independent board of trustees made up of local people who meet “qualifying criteria”.
Meanwhile, it’s understood a new update to the airport’s 10 year business plan is set to be published in the coming weeks.
The original turnaround plan from 2019 touted passenger numbers reaching as high as 1,579,000 in 2027 if a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) was brought in.
An “organic” modest forecast foresaw passenger numbers remaining at similar levels to now over the decade with a second “seasonal scenario” forecasting passenger numbers rising to about 370,000 by 2027.
Passenger numbers stood at just over 150,000 in 2019 but fell to 38,540 during covid hit 2020.
Words: Alex Metcalfe, Local Democracy Reporter
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