Jobs axed at Durham Tees Valley

January 14: Up to 32 jobs will go at Durham Tees Valley Airport in the UK despite ambitious plans to upgrade terminal facilities.
Owner Peel Airports Group has revealed that it is to try a unique ‘twin terminal’ operation, dividing the terminal with a ‘premium’ area targeted at scheduled services and business travellers and another area which will handle holiday charter and ‘low cost’ services. The plan is part of a “wholesale business review” to respond to the current economic situation.
Future staffing at the airport will total 143, requiring some 32 jobs to go. Those remaining will be trained in other skills and fire and engineering operations could be outsourced. Managers from the airport have met with the trade union about the proposed changes.
Airport Director Kerry Quinn said “There is a clear need for a local, convenient and passenger-friendly airport serving the Tees Valley, Durham and North Yorkshire. It will be strengthened by the changes we are making as a result of this major business review. We have also decided that it makes sense to reduce our normal operating hours from 04:00 to 22:00, whilst retaining the flexibility to handle aircraft outside those hours if required.”