Passengers charged to use Durham Tees Valley Airport

The charge is necessary for the struggling airport, its owner says

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Passengers departing from Durham Tees Valley Airport will soon have to pay a fee just to walk through the doors.

From November, adults will be charged £6 and children £2.

Owner Peel Airports has said the passenger facility fee is a way of safeguarding the future of the airport, which is making heavy losses.

People will be able to pay at machines in the terminal which will issue tickets enabling them to pass through security and into the departure areas.

Similar schemes are already in operation at some other UK airports including Blackpool, Newquay and Norwich.

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."

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