As the result of the election to the new post of Tees Valley  mayor came through this afternoon an airport spokesperson said:

“We look forward to working with the new Mayor, his Combined Authority colleagues, our local authority partners and Tees Valley Unlimited to ensure we continue to play an important role in driving forward the area’s economy and providing access to worldwide destinations which are so important to the region’s business community.

“No discussions have taken place between the Airport and Mr Houchen regarding the Airport’s future and we look forward to discussing the Airport’s plans with him which are key to putting the business on a firm financial footing through maximising the potential of the whole site and developing new income streams which will create a sustainable business model going forward.”