Airport welcomes pilgrims flights 22-5-14


Durham Tees Valley Airport will be welcoming some very special passengers tomorrow, May 23, when over 300 people from across the region fly out to begin a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Two aircraft will be carrying the pilgrims - including sick and less able people with their helpers - on the annual Middlesbrough Roman Catholic Diocese Pilgrimage to the shrine in Southern France, made famous by the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1858 and visited by millions of people every year.

Says Pilgrimage Executive Director Keith Tillotson:

This is my first time as Executive Director, although I have been involved with the Pilgrimage for many years. We have been using Durham Tees Valley for well over 20 years…the airport puts in an enormous amount of effort to make sure that things go as smoothly as possible.

Adds Airport Manager Shaun Woods:

Handling a large number of passengers with a range of different needs is, of course, very challenging but we are always delighted to welcome the pilgrims. Our aim is to make their trip as comfortable as possible and, as well as airport staff, we will have support from members of the Friends of Durham Tees Valley Airport group.

It will be a busy morning but we will all be working to provide a warm welcome and a helping hand when it’s needed.

NOTE FOR EDITORS: Two aircraft are scheduled to leave Durham Tees Valley for Lourdes on Friday, May 23, at 7.30 and 10.00, returning on Friday, May 30, at around 12.30 and 13.00. For further information please contact Peter Dodson, telephone 07753 910536.

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