Any region that is serious about developing its economy and the quality of life for its residents needs great transport links. An airport is essential. It allows residents to travel to export markets and customers around the UK and inward investors to access our area easily. It offers a direct way to attract visitors to the area and for residents to go on holiday. With the pivotal role that the Tees Valley plays in UK logistics, it is an important cog in the machine. The development of a large logistics park at the airport over the next few years will only increase its importance. Then looking further ahead there are the opportunities linked to the new Dogger Bank wind farms off the Tees coast. Getting workers to and from the site will require air transport. Teesside airport is the nearest airport and has history with supplying workers to offshore installations. This week’s challenges all focus on the very bright future that our airport has.