Durham Tees Valley Airport will once again be welcoming some very special passengers on Friday, June 1st when hundreds of pilgrims fly out to begin their pilgrimage to Lourdes.
The airport has been used for well over 20 years by the Middlesbrough Roman Catholic Diocese for the annual pilgrimage to the shrine in Southern France, made famous by the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1858, which is visited every year by millions of people.
This year two aircraft will leave Durham Tees Valley early on the morning of June 1st, taking 350 pilgrims for a week-long visit and Pilgrimage Executive Director Mike Boyes says the support they receive from the airport is vital.
He explains “This is actually the Diocese’s 59th annual pilgrimage to Lourdes. I have been acting as the executive director for 23 years and throughout that period we have used Durham Tees valley, not simply because of its convenience for most of the pilgrims but because of the excellent service and assistance we receive.”
Adds Airport Manager Shaun Woods, “It is always a pleasure to welcome the pilgrims. We understand that it is important that they have the support they need to make their trip as comfortable as possible and we work very closely with the organisers to ensure that all their needs are catered for.
“June 1st will be a very busy morning but everyone at the airport will be working to provide a warm welcome and a helping hand.”