Durham Tees Valley Airport has today announced the creation of a new one-stop ground handling service as part of the plans to develop its Business and General Aviation activities.

Launched under the ‘Consort Aviation’ brand, the in-house operation will deliver enhanced services for all aspects of ground handling activities, including fuelling, to general, business and military aircraft.

Says David Grant, Business Development Director at Durham Tees Valley Airport, “A key element in the Masterplan for the airport is to increase activity in the business and general aviation sectors and Consort Aviation will enable us to provide a co-ordinated delivery of the full range of VIP and specialist ground handling services.

“It is a significant step forward in our strategy of direct delivery of business services which began last year when the provision of aviation fuel was taken in house.

“In taking this step we wish to recognise the work of Weston Aviation which has been providing handling services at Durham Tees Valley. A consultation process will be undertaken with affected staff regarding the opportunity to transfer to the new company and subject to appropriate due diligence Consort Aviation will come into operation in the spring of 2017 and in the meantime Weston Aviation will continue to provide their services at DTVA.”