Previously known as Durham Tees Valley Airport, Teesside International Airport can be found between Darlington and Stockton-on-tees in the North East of England. It is about 10 miles southwest of Middlesbrough and is a 14-minute drive from Darlington in County Durham.
While being a busy commercial airport, it has a rich 80-year history dating back to January 1941, when it opened as a World War II bomber base under the name RAF Middleton St George. During this, the airport welcomes its first Whitley bombers of the RAF’s 78 Squadron.
It was the most northerly of all the Bomber Command airfields and was home to both the RAF and Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and exclusively RAF post-war. Bombing missions were also conducted from this airfield, including those to Berlin, Hanover and Munich. Between 1941 and 1945, RAF Middleton St George was allocated as a base for the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying Vickers Wellingtons, Halifaxes and Avro Lancasters.
The RAF station was closed in 1964 and was sold to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. On 18 April 1964, The first civilian flight from the newly named Tees-Side Airport took place. Two years later, on 1 November, the international passenger terminal was opened by Princess Margaretha of Sweden.
Today, alongside its international flights, Teesside International Airport hosts a variety of Flying Experiences for you to get involved in!
Please remember that Flying Experiences are dependent on weather conditions, so at times may need to be rescheduled.