Loganair has announced a new route between Teesside International Airport and London Heathrow.
The service, which starts on March 8 using the airline’s Embraer 145 jets, is initially planned to operate twice a day Monday to Friday with a single flight on Sundays.
From March 28, weekend services will increase to one morning flight on Saturdays and two on Sundays.
Lead in prices are £69.99 one way including all taxes, and tickets are on sale from today.
This latest launch builds on a partnership between Loganair and Teesside International announced in mid-November, which saw the Glasgow-based airline return to Teesside under its new ownership after an absence of two and a half years.
Then it was announced that flights from Teesside to Aberdeen and Belfast City will operate from the start of February 2021, with Dublin, Jersey and Newquay flights set to begin in summer 2021.
Loganair will operate up to seven flights per week to Dublin and Belfast City, six flights per week to Aberdeen, three per week to Cornwall Airport Newquay and twice weekly to Jersey.
Loganair chief executive Jonathan Hinkles said: “We understand the uncertainty around travel right now and are therefore pleased to be able to look towards the future by providing what Teesside International will need as and when lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
“We’re very happy to be returning to Teesside International, and we are back for good. We look forward to working with the team at the airport and the wider Tees Valley Combined Authority.
“There’s no doubt that air travel is having a difficult time right now, but I’m confident that our plans for Teesside International are both viable, appropriate and flexible now and for the longer term.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, pictured above, said: “Securing flights into the capital with Loganair is another feather in our airport’s cap. The fact that in the next few days you will be able to go on to the websites of the likes of British Airways, Qatar and United Airlines and book flights from Teesside to hundreds of destinations across the globe shows just how far we’ve come since taking the airport back into public ownership and saving it from closure less than two years ago.”