EXCITED holidaymakers have jetted off on Ryanair’s first flight to a brand new vacation spot from Teesside Airport – simply days after new journey guidelines got here in.
Jetsetters from far and vast took the skies on Wednesday night as they departed on the service’s very first flight to Corfu.
It comes after a turbulent spell noticed a number of Ryanair flights cancelled within the first two weeks of July as a consequence of a drop in demand, which bosses attributed to restrictions on journey.
Learn extra: Ryanair cancels a number of flights from Teesside Airport in July
In the meantime, new guidelines got here on this week which now means these with each vaccines are not required to self-isolate once they coming back from an amber-list vacation spot.
At round 5.20pm on Wednesday, the flight to the service’s fourth, and latest vacation spot, lifted off because it was described as an “absolute bonus” for the airport.
Forward of take-off to the amber-list nation, some passengers revealed their pleasure as they described returning to the airport for the primary time in years.
Viv Williams, from Sunderland, mentioned she returned to Teesside after a break of greater than 20 years from the airport.
She mentioned: “Final time we flew from Teesside was 22 years in the past once we went to Majorca. The parking is improbable, higher than Newcastle the place it’s miles to stroll.
“To be sincere I hope it stays a hidden gem. We don’t need too many individuals understanding about it.”
She added: “Workers are pleasant, there have been so many paperwork to test however they had been actually Environment friendly.”
Underneath present guidelines, these travelling to amber-list international locations who’ve had each doses of the vaccine are nonetheless required to take a PCR check on or earlier than day two of their arrival.
Sue Thurlbeck, who lives close to Richmond in North Yorkshire, mentioned the final time she visited Teesside was to fly Corfu with Thomson Airways on the time.
She mentioned: “Usually I’d go from Newcastle, it’s a bit nearer however Teesside is a extra enjoyable expertise and pleasant. I’m actually impressed with refit and already I’m in search of the place else to go.”
‘This has been a tough 18 months’
Regardless of earlier cancellations, the Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen mentioned at the moment’s flight got here as there had already been a “good” uptake in demand.
He mentioned: “That is the final summer time service that Ryanair needed to launch from our airport, and like Faro it’s an absolute bonus due to the good uptake in flights to Alicante and Palma.
“Ryanair initially got here to us with two routes and managed to announce two extra, even within the face of a worldwide pandemic.
“Since shopping for our airport and saving it from closure I’ve at all times mentioned, ‘use it or lose it’ and I’m thrilled that it’s clear individuals do need to have the ability to again our native airport.
“We’ve invested in our terminal improve to make it even higher, smoother and extra kitted out than ever earlier than and recruited dozens of recent workers to enhance the passenger expertise, and that is paying off.
“This has been a tough 18 months and now individuals from throughout Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool have a big slate of worldwide and home flights for a well-deserved break.”
Mr Houchen added that the airport was not “slowing down” and was as an alternative specializing in persevering with to draw extra routes and airways.
He added: “We’re not slowing down as we proceed to draw extra routes and airways and we are able to all stay up for a fair greater and higher summer time 2022.”
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