There are signs today that my call for pragmatism and to treat Peel Holdings as an ambitious investor in our local airport was justified.
The new business partnership with Super Break is a solid example of that ambition and flies (literally) in the face of those who have sought to criticise Peel’s commitment to the airport, passengers and to Teesside as a whole. May this be the first step towards an expanding programme of flights from our local airport.
It is also the time for the Tees Valley Mayor to give up his posturing commitment to buy Durham Tees Valley Airport and instead concentrate on negotiating with Peel ways the public sector can complement their vision for DTVA and look to integrate air transport links with other road, rail and public transport networks to boost our local economy and jobs.
I congratulate Super Break and Peel Holdings who have negotiated this deal and wish both parties well in making the programme of offers succeed.