£3.5 million airfield radar system implemented at Teesside Airport

Written by on March 14, 2021

The first of its kind in the UK, the new airfield radar system will monitor Teesside Airport’s 215 cubic miles of airspace and be future-proofed for decades to come.

Picture Credit: Teesside International Airport


Teesside International Airport (MME) has flicked the switch to launch its new £3.5 million airfield radar system, which coincides with the airport also beginning a new recruitment drive.

The system is the first of its kind in the UK to be used as a full surveillance radar and will replace the old system that was originally commissioned in October 1987. While still fully operational and widely used, the ageing technology was getting more expensive to maintain.

The new radar will be used to monitor the airport’s 215 cubic miles of airspace, is fitted with technology to prevent interference from wind farms and will be future-proofed for decades to come. The old system will continue to run in the background for 30 days as the new one gets fully up and running.

This is the latest improvement to take place at the airport, alongside a full terminal redevelopment, ahead of an expected increase in passenger numbers during summer 2021. More travelers are expected to come through Teesside Airport’s doors thanks to: A partnership with Logan Air serving a number of domestic routes; securing low-cost carrier Ryanair for flights to Alicante and Majorca starting in June 2021; and the return of TUI to the airport, who will start flying from Teesside in summer 2022.

4 March 2021

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