Jobs on way as huge Teesside Airport hangar plan is given green light

Plans to double the size of an aviation firm’s base at Teesside Airport have been approved, creating 30 jobs.

Draken, formerly Cobham Aviation, is building a second 5,000 sq ft hangar to house its aircraft and support the critical role the firm plays in training combat pilots from the RAF, US Air Force and NATO member states. The company currently maintains a fleet of five specially modified Dassault Falcon jets at its base at the airport.

It recently took delivery of its first Alca L-159E “Honey Badger” advanced combat jets as part of a new contract. It comes as work starts on a new link road for Teesside Airport’s £200m business park.

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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Draken has been a long-term supporter of Teesside Airport and I’m thrilled it’s now making its expansion a reality with this new hangar. For years, the company has been one of the valuable businesses that calls our airport its home.

“This is the latest vote of confidence in the site and our region, also helping to provide dozens of good-quality well-paid jobs for local people. This is yet another project kicking off in 2022, our year of construction, and we’re seeing that at the airport too.

“We’ve already broken ground on the new link road ahead of work starting on our £200m business park, and Draken is proof businesses have a fantastic opportunity to grow at Teesside Airport.”

Draken Europe has been based at the airport for more than 25 years. It combines advanced aviation and surveillance technologies with highly skilled people to deliver a range of mission-critical global aviation services for military and civil customers worldwide.

Cllr Jonathan Dulston, Leader of Darlington Council said: “With Draken, Teesside Airport has played a critical part in our national defence for many years by making sure the RAF and our allies have the skills they need, and I am delighted plans for their new hanger at our airport have been given the green light.

“Our airport is going from strength, not only are we seeing planes full of local people flying off to European holiday hot spots as part of Teesside Airport’s busiest summer season in years, we’re seeing major investments, like Draken’s, that are creating high skilled, well paid jobs for local people.”

The airport also opened its new Skybar on Wednesday, for use by both passengers and the public, with panoramic views of the runway.

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