Loganair’s service to Durham Tees Valley Airport has been canceled after less than six months as a public row about the airport’s future deepens.
Loganair commercial director Kay Ryan said:
“It’s with deep regret that we have taken the decision to cease our operation on the Durham Tees Valley to Aberdeen route, due to broader considerations within our network. The final flights will take place on Friday, March 16. The management team at DTVA have been incredibly supportive, and have done all possible to make the service viable.
“The growth in passenger numbers has been strong, however, changes within our aircraft fleet from the middle of March meant we would have had to lease-in another aircraft to continue operating the service. Although we’ve made good progress and have proven beyond all doubt the market’s need for reliable and cost-effective services on this route, our evaluation showed that this would not be economically viable.
“We intend to continue our strong relationship with Durham Tees Valley Airport, who has been an excellent airport partner and would welcome the proposals put forward to Tees Valley Combined Authority in considering alternative routes in the future. There will be no job losses resulting from this, as the crew will be re-deployed within our network.”
Durham Tees Valley Airport spokesperson said in a statement:
“We are naturally very disappointed that Loganair are withdrawing their Aberdeen service, with the passenger numbers performing well and competition had proved a growing market. However, sustaining a new route in the early years is challenging. We would, therefore, urge that any available funding allocated by TVCA to the Airport should be used to support passenger growth and attracting businesses to the site”.
The Airport further added: “Aberdeen, a key route to the region, will remain being served by Eastern Airways, ensuring the needs of the business community are served by Durham Tees Valley Airport in line with our promises made in the Flying for the Future campaign.
“The airport is a critical asset to the region providing vitally important connectivity; by working collectively we can achieve our shared ambitions to see growth and its development. The dynamics facing Airports to attract and sustain new routes in early years are ever complex and require support to give greater certainty they will be given the time to succeed”