Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen is calling on local business bosses to sign up to an event which will outline how they can join the efforts to overhaul Teesside International Airport.
The redevelopment of the airport includes new food and drink options, with the creation of new bars, two renovated executive lounges, a coffee shop and the return of duty free, as well as refurbishment of key areas of the terminal.
Mayor Houchen is now inviting local businesses to a special event from 8am to 9am on January 12 so they can learn more about how they can bid for work on the terminal expansion.
The virtual event will talk through the plans and the work that is available for local businesses on these projects. Work is available for experts including shop fitters, mechanical and electrical contractors, bar fitters, commercial kitchen installers, and much more.
Mayor Houchen said: “Since we brought the airport back into public ownership and saved it from closure, we’ve been making sure it benefits not only our business passengers and holidaymakers, but also our fantastic local companies. This way, we’re doing our bit to keep the money we spend in our region and put it in the pockets of local people.
“Over the past months we’ve announced that Loganair will begin operating a series of domestic flights from next year and Balkan Holidays will expand its summer service twice-weekly to Bourgas, Bulgaria. The UK’s biggest holiday company, TUI, is also set to start a Majorca service from Teesside in 2022. And to top it off we’ve secured a low-cost carrier in Ryanair, offering services to Alicante and Majorca from June 2021. Because of this, now is the right time to invest in our airport so that it can handle the increase in passengers that will be going through our airport terminal.
“In the past, we’ve gone local for our IT services, accountancy needs, security and more, with a lot of the arrivals renovation work carried out by Stockton-based MJ Joinery. But as we look to bring the airport into the 21st century, we’re going further than ever to redevelop our airport and bring mothballed areas back into use, meaning lots more exciting opportunities for companies to work with us.
“This is the perfect opportunity for local companies, across the whole host of trades that we’ll need, to discover more about the vision for the future and how they can be part of the transformational change at our airport.”