Plan revealed to dismantle planes at Durham Tees Valley Airport
Durham Tees Valley Airport is set to become a centre for the storage and dismantling of unused planes, and recycling parts. Sycamore Aviation has set up its base at the struggling airport and has already begun work on taking apart a number of airliners. The airport has a long runway, enabling it to handle larger planes, and plenty of hangar space. There are apparently “huge numbers” of aircraft retiring across Europe. A Sycamore Aviation spokesman said one airline alone is likely to need to dispose of 20 jumbo jets and 20 Boeing 737 aircraft in the next 3 -4 years – an illustration of the potential scale of demand. They say that across Europe between 500 to 700 aircraft a year need to be decommissioned and currently there are just not enough facilities to meet the demand. The number of passengers using Durham Tees Valley airport has fallen steadily from around 912,000 in 2006 to 165,000 in 2012.
Plan revealed to dismantle planes at Durham Tees Valley Airport
(Evening Gazette) Feb 19 2013
DURHAM Tees Valley Airport is set to become a centre for the storage and dismantling of unused aeroplanes, it was announced this afternoon.
Sycamore Aviation has set up its base at the struggling airport and has already begun work on taking apart a number of airliners.
The airport was pinpointed after by the firm because of its ability to handle any kind of aircraft. It is equipped with a long runway, enabling it to handle larger planes.
Spokesman Kevin O’Hare said that, having worked as pilot for many years – much of it flying out of the North-east, including Durham Tees Valley – he had wanted to set up the business because of the “huge numbers” of aircraft which are retiring across Europe.
He wanted to develop facilities where aircraft can be decommissioned in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way – while recycling as much as possible.
“I looked at virtually every airport and airfield across the country when developing my plans and came to the conclusion that Durham Tees Valley offered the best potential, including its ability to handle any kind of aircraft and the hangar space required,” he said.
“We have worked very closely with the airport and the statutory agencies in setting up the operation, which we believe can be real winner for ourselves and the airport.”
Mr O’Hare said one major carrier alone is likely to need to dispose of 20 jumbo jets and 20 Boeing 737 aircraft in the next three to four years – an illustration of the potential scale of demand.
“It’s been estimated that across Europe between 500 to 700 aircraft a year need to be decommissioned and currently there are just not enough facilities to meet the demand,” he added.
The company has taken over a 45,000 sq ft hangar at the airport where a team of experienced aircraft engineers are able to decommission aircraft and recover many high value spares which are wanted by clients across the world.
“Aircraft are expensive pieces of equipment and the value of recycled and recertificated spares can run into literally millions of pounds,” said Mr O’Hare.
” We can recover around a thousand different parts from an aircraft and the history of them can be traced back to the day they were first fitted.
“In addition we are working with local universities on the potential for developing new ‘green’ methods for recycling items such as interior fittings.”
The target for the first year is to handle an average of one aircraft a month. The business hopes to offer maintenance and storage facilities.
Airport commercial director Andy Foulds said: “This is good news for the airport and, we believe the local area as a whole, exploiting the potential of the facilities we can offer at the same time as establishing a high-value and expanding new industry.
“We believe that one of the keys to securing the future of the airport is making full use of the business opportunities for the whole site and this development is, we hope, a pointer to attracting other companies who are involved in all aspects of the air transport industry.”
In December, Mr Foulds told the Gazette that there was more to the future of the airport- which has had a well-publicised reduction in tourist destinations in recent years – than simply passenger numbers.
The number of passengers using Durham Tees Valley airport has fallen massively over recent years: (CAA data)
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