Flights to Alicante from Teesside will be taking off this summer for the first time in nine years, the airport has confirmed.

Eastern Airways has committed to start weekly return flights from August 14 until September 7 following the lifting of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fares start at £69.99 per person one-way and went go on sale today (Wednesday).

The confirmation followed the first flights to London City from Teesside International airport and the start of a new route to Newquay earlier this month.

KLM will be reintroducing an Amsterdam service from August 3 in a five-year deal to provide international connectivity via Schiphol airport.

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen (pictured) said: “In a matter of weeks, we’ve announced the restart of crucial flights for the oil, gas and renewables community to Aberdeen, the new daily links to the capital and KLM will have our international connectivity back up and running in just a few weeks.

Now we can bring back these hugely popular holiday flights to Spain, and we will continue to add more routes when it is safe to do so.

“The coronavirus has presented unprecedented challenges for our airport, as it has for all airports around the UK, but because we put the building blocks in place for a brighter future beforehand, I always knew we would be able to come back stronger.

“We are making great progress on our ten-year plan and the fact we have been able to bring these flights back so soon shows the massive strides we have taken.

Eastern Airways commercial and operations general manager Roger Hage added: “It is such great news to be able to announce that we get to start our first ever flights to Spain from Teesside International.

“The last few months have been very difficult for the aviation industry but I’m thrilled that we’ve confirmed all of our flights are once again cleared for take-off.

“Not only that but our brand new routes to London City and Newquay are performing well and we’re working hard in developing an even bigger and better programme for 2021.”