Last TUI flight from Teesside Airport for 2022 holiday leaves as 2023 goes on sale
The last passengers of the summer season fly out of Teesside as the airport reflects on a successful 2022.
But Teesside Airport is now eagerly awaiting a take-off in ticket sales for next year’s expanded timetable.
The airport, in Middleton St George, recorded its biggest summer in nearly a decade this year, in which passenger numbers on holiday flights averaged more than 90 per cent of capacity.
He said figures showed he was also one of the only airports in the North to see customer numbers climb above pre-pandemic levels, serving 23,358 passengers in August 2022, up from 12,284 in August 2019.
Teesside was also named the country’s punctualest airport in July, at the height of its busiest season, with no flights canceled during the month.
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He believes the hard work has paid off, with passengers praising the airport and its facilities.
Regular flyer Ginette McGouran from Acklam said: “We have flown three times this year from Teesside to Alicante.
“It’s the best airport. It’s perfect for us!
Fellow passengers Yvonne and Martin Rose said: ‘We live in Darlington and normally always fly from Leeds Bradford.
“This time we chose Teesside. What a great little airport, it’s so fast.
“We finished in a few minutes.
“We would like more flights from here, Malaga or Tenerife in winter would be perfect.”
The season officially ends this weekend as British Summer Time comes to an end with the clocks set back an hour earlier on Sunday (October 30).
But the airport said holidaymakers can expect a new TUI route for 2023, to Antalya in Turkey.
These flights are now on sale, alongside those to Palma, Mallorca.
Flights to Palma are scheduled every Tuesday from May 9 to October 24, with flights to Antalya every Thursday from May 25 to September 21.
Ryanair’s summer 2023 flights to Palma and Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca, as well as flights this winter to Alicante, are also now on sale.
Flights to the Greek island of Corfu and Faro in the Portuguese Algarve are expected to be bookable in the coming weeks.
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Balkan Holidays is also offering trips to the sunny shores of Bulgaria, initially every Sunday from May 21 to September 17, which will be joined by a second flight on Thursdays from June 22 to September 7.
Further afield, KLM’s twice-daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol connects more than 300 destinations worldwide.
Closer to home, Loganair offers flights to popular destinations like Aberdeen, Belfast and Dublin.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “With the nights coming and a definite chill in the air, it’s around this time that people start planning their summer vacations.
“After an incredibly successful 2022, Teesside will start again next year with another busy schedule of flights to the places locals are crying out for, now including Antalya, Turkey.
“We have also proven that our £3million terminal transformation has paid off, with happy passengers moving from check-in to departures in no time.
“Air traffic control and airside teams have done their part to keep everything going as well and, thanks to everyone’s efforts, we continue to be one of the most punctual airports in the UK.”
He added: “By nearly doubling our passenger numbers before the pandemic, it’s clear the people of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are supporting their local airport and we look forward to an even brighter 2023.”
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