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Teesside International Airport drops its £6 facility fee

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Teesside International Airport, which is currently in the middle of a major redevelopment programme, has dropped its unpopular £6 ‘facility fee’.

This was, effectively, an additional charge made to depart from the airport. All passengers had to buy a £6 pass and would not be allowed past security without one.

Introduced in 2010, it was to “help support the continued operation of the airport and secure its sustainable future.”

Teesside Airport drops hated £6 facility fee

Such charges are not rare but are usually hidden. Heathrow currently charges £26.67 per passenger on a flight to Berlin for example – imagine what would happen if all passengers were forced to buy a £26.67 pass from a vending machine to get through security. Instead, it is baked into the cost of your ticket.

Low cost carriers won’t stand for this. They want to have a reputation for low fares which means that they are unwilling to collect a £6 ‘facility fee’ on behalf of the airport. The only way for small airports like Teesside to get this money is by charging it separately.

Luckily, anyone flying from Teesside International from June 2021 will not have to pay the £6 fee. This is not yet reflected on the airport website.

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  • PeterK says:

    78 on my Platinum Cash Back off which very few are saved.

    However I did use one last week (Marks Electrical) that generated £217 cash back on some new kitchen appliances (I’d forgotten I’d saved the offer some weeks previously!).

  • WaynedP says:

    Close, 75 on BAPP

    Am surprised so many. Hadn’t bothered to count before now.

    • WaynedP says:

      And used HelloFresh yesterday, so would have had 76.
      4 still saved.

  • Alex says:

    72 on my BAPP, only 1 saved – Everything else is useless to me

  • Ste Cox says:

    75 for me on my Plat, saved a few of them to see if anything new appears (and to make it a nice round number) but probably wont use any. Its all seems to be very high end and London centric so with living in Manchester doesnt really do much for me.

  • peter says:

    68 official, and thousands of unofficial (2 nectar points elsewhere – which is better then all these 68 official ones 🙂 )

  • rj24 says:

    76 offers, 2 saved

  • JandeW says:

    Perhaps a better question would have been “can anyone beat 3 that are relevant!?” 😄

    • WaynedP says:

      Had 5 saved yesterday which is admittedly a lot as I only save if I’m very sure I will use.

      That included 2 extra Avios per £1, Gousto £5 back on 2x£10 spend, HelloFresh £10 back on £29.99+ spend, Holland & Barrett £10 back on £50 spend & Avis £20 back on £150 spend.

      The rest are more often an education in where else I could get work shirts & trousers if I wanted to pay considerably more than Asda’s George or Tesco’s F&F range 🙂

  • Charlieface says:

    I don’t get it:
    If these offers are not relevant to a rich Central London family like Burgess, who ARE they relevant for?
    Amex really need to think this through better.

    • Rob says:

      You are being unrealistic about the nature of modern life. My wife and I work over 100 hours per week between us and spend the remainder managing two kids. We don’t go shopping. (Hence the comment in the lounge article today about why she is happy to pay for treatments in lounges, because it is the only spare time she has.)

      Your average unemployed or furloughed person will do far more shopping in the average week than us. I don’t think I’ve bought any clothes in a year apart from some socks.

      • Alex Sm says:

        An unemployed or furloughed person would definitely have other spending priorities than Charles Tywitt shirts or something like this

        • Rob says:

          If you’re furloughted, you probably have more disposable income (stripping out travel costs, expensive lunches, work socialising etc) than if you were working, unless you had a tip-driven job.

          • ken says:

            I think this takes delusional to another level.

            There really are very few people on high salaries who are furloughed with their employer topping up in full.
            Most are getting 80% of their wage & its not topped up & the cap (2.5k a month).
            Most are probably crapping themselves whether they will have a job to go back to as the scheme tapers off – and saving as much as possible.

            Are they worse off ? Most of them aren’t – its probably neutral.

            But then these people are more likely getting a Greggs or M&S sandwich rather than an expensive lunch.

            Theyre buying their food from Aldi & Tesco not Donald Russell, and I doubt many are rushing to drop £500 at Bicester village either.

          • Aston100 says:

            Oh Rob…

            If someone is furloughed, I doubt they would look at their ‘disposable income’ in the same way as someone who is still employed.
            Priorities immediately change.

          • Rob says:

            The point of the discussion is that someone who is not spending 50 hours per week working is likely to be out and about triggering more Amex offers, given that a lot do not require huge amounts of spending.

          • Lady London says:

            Not just the furloughed although other posters’ comments about the stress of this are correct.

            Also those white collar workers in roles who have kept their jobs and earning more now because working at home.

            Savings from these people are going through the roof as they have no time to spend and their normal shopping outlets closed.

            I saw somewhere this week 40% of the working population is at least 20% better off since Covid.

            The gulf between the fortunate almost-half and other citizens will be even deeper as the effects of Covid measures feed through.

          • bazza says:


            Some 84,000 customers joined Hargreaves Lansdown in the latter half of 2020 as the platform continued to cash in on the coronavirus crisis-induced trading boom.

            Hargreaves’s half year results, published today (February 1), showed its active client total now stands at 1.5m — up a record 84,000 since June — as more people, and a younger cohort, showed an increased appetite for investment.

            Net new business, at £3.24bn, was up 40 per cent year-on-year.

            The average age of new clients has decreased from 45 to 37.

          • ken says:

            Indeed Lady London.
            The real ‘winners’ are the relatively well paid having to work at home.
            No travel
            No lunches or coffees
            Why buy clothes when you are working at home & can’t go out ?
            Little leisure available to spend on.
            Hairdressers closed for more than 6 months of last year.

      • Richie says:

        Surely you’ve had a great Amex offer for a retailer on or around the King’s Road with a journey time of 15 mins or less or one near St Paul’s.

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