Durham Tees Valley Airport
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As one of the smaller airports of United Kingdom, Durham Tees Valley airport
has made rapid strides in the recent times. As one of the most viable and
easily accessible airports in the North East part of England, Durham Tees
Valley airport is located 6 miles from Darlington and the A67 is the best
approach. From Durham, the airport is located at a distance of 24 miles,
which should take near about 1 hour in a car. The airport is less than 5
miles from Yarm too.
Know your Airport - The old timers of
North East England used to call this airport as Teesside airport but after
21st September 2004, the local authorities & Peel Holdings which manage
the administration, changed the name to Durham Tees Valley Airport. The
airport has taken up serious redevelopment plans and aspires to increase
the number of passengers to 3 million. The passengers availing Durham Tees
Valley airport can avail the airport railway station and travel to Darlington
for free. This has been an endeavor on the part of the authorities to club
comfort with service. More on that later.
- There is a single terminal in Durham Tees Valley airport.
The main terminal building provides passengers many facilities and
is ably managed by airport staff.
Transit systems - Teesside Airport railway station
serves Durham Tees Valley Airport. The station is located on the Tees
Valley Line and is operated by Northern Rail. It currently has a single
service per week in each direction. A new bus service called the Sky
Express, launched in May 2005, connects the airport both with Darlington
train station and town centre. Good news for passengers as they can
avail free travel with a valid air ticket on the same day. It is an
hourly service running throughout the day.
Inside the terminals - Check-in at Durham Tees valley
is located on both sides of the terminal as you enter the building.
Please keep your eyes alert for the flight information display screens
which are located in the main public area at the airport. Departure
lounges are located towards the back of the terminal building after
the security search. Flight tickets and passports/photographic ID
are checked and baggages are weighed. After the baggages are labeled,
the boarding cards are issued next. You will be required to use your
boarding card to proceed through the security point. As in other airports
across the world, the check-in times for scheduled flights at Durham
Tees valley start two hours before departure. For the charter flights,
the check in begins 3 hours before departure. For passengers who will
be using Durham Tees Valley as a destination, the arrivals are located
to the left side of the terminal. If you have trouble following signs,
you can get help as the information desk is located inside the entrance
to the terminal building. The staff can provide flight information
and can provide suitable answers for general enquiries. For those
who are a little hard of hearing, a loop is installed so that they
can get their queries answered. Please bear in mind, that the arrangements
can take a considerable portion of your time so it would be advisable
to keep extra time on your hands before you plan to board the train.
Safety - Before entering the departure lounge, all
passengers must pass through security checks. In this place, your
boarding card will be checked and you will be required to go through
security screening. Please note that passengers on some flights may
be asked to comply with image capturing. All the hand baggage and
coats of passengers are passed through an X-ray scanner. Please do
not pack these items in your hand or carry on luggage. If the items
are confiscated at security control you will not be compensated for
them. Confiscated items will not be returned under normal circumstances.
Please ensure that while packing medicines and gift items kindly follow
the guidelines set by the airport officials. While packing baggage
may seem easy, please make sure that hand baggages should not exceed
the maximum weight of 7 kilos. Hand baggages with dimensions that
exceed the height of 450mm, width 350mm and depth 200mm can be checked.
Consult your airline guidelines before commencing with packing.
Business facilities - Durham Tees Valley Airport offers
many essential business facilities to the business traveler. With
a range of domestic as well as international flights, business travelers
are quite frequent at the airport. A spacious check-in hall and WiFi-enabled
environment is available throughout the terminal. Fax, phone and photocopying
facilities are available at the information desk of the airport on
request. Conferencing facilities are available in some airport hotels.
Lastly if you lose property, contact the airport security which controls
all the lost property related issues.
Family interests - Facilities for family are exhaustive
in Durham Tees Valley Airport. All male and female toilets are located
through out the main public area in the building. Baby changing facilities
are also fairly east to locate, except for those in baggage reclaim
where the baby changing facilities are situated inside the disabled
toilets. Moving on to play areas, there is an unsupervised children's
play area in the terminal. Many famous retail outlets are available
in Durham Tees Valley airport which sell a range of children's books,
comics, games and confectionery to keep them busy for a while. Care
to have a snack: hop in at the many eating options at the airport
terminal in form of Café Oasis, Café Express, Costa
Coffee and the famous Yard of Ale. If you are looking to give your
children some thing to be absorbed, the various entertainment centers
across the airport can do just that! Entertainment centre specialists
Serendipity, have two locations within the terminal at Durham Tees
Valley Airport. They offer games centers where children and adults
can easily enjoy state-of-the-art video games and rides.
|| Extra information
- Facilities for those with special needs include ambulift, wheelchairs,
assistance and toilets. There are unisex disabled toilets in the departure
lounge and baggage reclaim hall. There are more disabled toilets next
to gates 1&2, and gates 3&4. The Durham Tees Valley airport
encourages differently abled travelers to use the airport in every
possible way. The staff is always keen to hear any problems that passengers
might have faced and help is almost always at hand. Please call the
information desk of the airport to avail different services. Contact
your airline to make them aware of your special needs and do not hesitate
to request for assistance. A phone call or any other communication
will help the airport staff and airlines to serve you better.
Leaving from Durham Tees Valley airport - The
Durham Tees Valley airport has made the lives of passengers using
the airport a little bit easier. If you are keen to use train, the
nearest off-airport station is Darlington from where you can go to
Manchester and other important destinations. The nearby Stockton-on-Tees
has two railway stations namely Stockton station and Thornaby station.
Many trains are also available from here. There are regular services
between Durham Tees Valley airport and stations like Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees,
Middlesbrough and Yarm. Buses are ideal for travelers who are keen
to explore the surrounding areas. For those in a hurry, the airport
taxis are a better option. The taxi rank is just in front of the airport
terminal. You can also use the car hire service, which is available
from the car hire desks in the airport terminal.
Essentials - Traveling can be fun and more of an
enjoyment if everything that you need is right in front of you. Durham Tees
Valley airport authorities respect the spirit of travel and so they have
made arrangements for you. Use the bureau de change services at two locations
inside the main public area. Cash points are also located close by and there
is a cash point at the Thomas Cook bureau de change. Leaving might be a
problem if you carry many baggages so luggage trolleys are distributed throughout
the terminal building. There are also several payphones located in the main
concourse and any one can use them to inform loved ones of his/her homecoming
or safe arrival at a faraway destination. All the airport staff has ample
supplies of first aid so do not hesitate to ask for them if minor bruises
or cuts occur.
Airlines operating from Durham Tees Valley Airport
that operate commercial flights at this airport are bmi, bmibaby,
KLM Cityhopper and Ryanair. Seasonal chartered flights are operated
by Air Europa, BH Air, Flightline, Helios Airways, Iberworld, Onur
Air, Pegasus Airlines, Spanair and Thomsonfly. Freight loads are carried
by TNT Airways.