The first holiday flights for five years took off from Durham Tees Valley Airport to Bulgaria on Saturday – just in time for the half-term holidays.
Balkan Holidays, the leading specialist for beach breaks to Bulgaria, has introduced a full programme of summer holiday charter flights to ‘the world’s best value holiday destination’, as voted for in a 2019 Post Office Survey.
The first flight, scheduled for 8.40am, proved to be very popular, with almost all seats being booked up.
The news comes after Balkan Holidays last week confirmed that it will now run a second summer of holidays flying from Durham Tees Valley in 2020.
The company is this year operating a weekly service to Bourgas, taking in popular beach resorts such as Sunny Beach, Nessebar and Golden Sands.
The holidays begin from as little as £230pp for self-catering in June and from only £300pp all-inclusive.
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen said: “Balkan Holidays has shown confidence in our airport by bringing the first holiday flights for five years, and the response has been incredible.
“I’m delighted so many people have supported these breaks, allowing Balkan to start selling for 2020 already.
“This first flight isn’t just take-off for the passengers onboard, it’s also take-off for our 10-year rescue plan to deliver holiday flights from our international airport.”
Louise Newton, head of marketing and PR at Balkan Holidays, said: “We are delighted to see just how popular our flights from Durham Tees Valley Airport to Bulgaria are.
“This is a great start to our exciting relationship with the airport and the mayor, and we hope all of our customers have a fantastic time and make the most of the half-term holidays.”
Find out more about the flights at www.balkanholidays.co.uk.