Durham Tees Valley Airport to charge you simply for walking through the door
If you're planning on flying from Durham Tees Valley Airport, you'll love this. Soon, you'll have to pay a fee just to get through the doors.
That's right! From November, adults will be charged £6 and children £2.
Owner Peel Airports reckon that this fee is a way of safeguarding the future of the airport, which is making big losses. You'll be expected to pay your fee at machines in the terminal which will issue you with a ticket which allows you to pass through security and into the departure areas. Or, of course, you can now weigh up the pros and cons of flying from somewhere else.
Craig Richmond, chief executive of Peel Airports, said: "It is no secret that all sections of the transport industry have felt the impact of the global recession - and in many respects it has been especially difficult for local airports such as Durham Tees Valley.
"I remain optimistic that the airport has a bright long-term future provided we can meet the current challenges.
"Of course, no-one likes being asked to pay money, but I hope that customers, and indeed the whole local community, will recognise that it is something we have to do if the airport is to be able to move forward."
Anyone else enjoy the way that Durham Tees Valley Airport thinks that they're the only ones hit by this recession? It's not good to wail about a global recession then hit your customers with the cost now, is it?