Durham Tees Valley Airport

Located about 10km east of Darlington and 39 km south of Durham is one of the UK’s smaller airports, Durham Tees Valley Airport.  Yet despite its small size, it’s expanding into more and more charter and scheduled flights.  Durham Tees Valley was an RAF station originally, but in the 1960s, the small airfield began civilian operations as Teesside International Airport.  The name became Durham Tees Valley in 2004.

The airport’s terminal building is quite small, but in many travellers’ minds, this is part of the charm, since this makes it easy for them to find their way around.  There are a few cafes and shops, enough to allow you to buy snacks, sandwiches, and some cold drinks.  There’s also a general shop and a WH Smiths that offer the usual magazines, books and sweets to take along on your trip.

For such a small airport, Durham Tees Valley actually offers a decent selection of scheduled and charter flights.  There are connections for long-haul destinations via London Heathrow and Amsterdam.

Although there is no rail link or train station at the airport, there is a bus service which connects to Darlington Train Station.  There is a single car park at the front of the airport’s terminal.

There are plans to continue expanding the airport.  The Stockton and Darlington Borough Councils approved specific plans in December 2006.  These include a refurbished and extended terminal which will offer better baggage handling, along with lounges, check-in facilities, office space, and restaurant and retail facilities. There is also a separate plan that calls for a business park which will host a hundred-bed hotel, a restaurant and public housing.

Durham Tees Valley Airport Practical Information

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