The boss of Durham Tees Valley Airport has warned it is unlikely to remain open after 2021 unless action is taken. Robert Hough, chairman of Peel Airports, said the DTVA faced an “extremely uncertain future after 2021” without a plan for the airport. His input comes as a crucial vote looms over whether to bring the airport back into public hands via a £40m deal agreed with Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen. Mr Hough said Peel had been unable to make the progress he would have liked despite its “single-handed best efforts”. He added: “These are clearly uncertain and challenging times for the future of the airport, but since the sale announcement we have been working steadfastly with the Mayor to ensure a smooth transition should a deal be concluded. “We recognise and welcome the efforts made by Ben Houchen to create a business plan designed to return the airport to growth collaboratively and to safeguard the economic benefits to the regional economy and its communities. “Without that conclusion, the future operations of the airport are extremely uncertain after 2021.” Meanwhile, a date has been set for the release of documents detailing how the airport plan would work. Labour… Read full this story
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