Flights have resumed from Teeside International airport for the first time since lockdown.

The first flight was an Eastern Airways service to Belfast, with services to Aberdeen also beginning on Monday June 22.

Flights to London City and Newquay are due to recommence from July 6.

To mark the relaunch, Eastern Airways and Teeside International have launched a summer sale on 10,000 seats booked by July 6 for travel by September 13, 2020 – with fares from £49.99

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The past few months have undoubtedly been challenging for the airport as we worked with partners to take the decision to temporarily suspend passenger operations for the safety of our staff and local people.

“But the flights we’ve relaunched today have shown that we can get through these difficult times and come back with a renewed sense of purpose.”

Roger Hage, general manager, commercial and operations for Eastern Airways, said: “Having provided the careful reintroduction of routes, all the safety steps in the airport and on-board to support a safe flying environment and with the exciting start of London services in July, what better way to reward the loyalty in the North-East by offering a fare promotion to help make the journey even more rewarding.”

Teesside has introduced new health and safety measures, with six steps including hand sanitisation points and face masks.