Balkan Holidays and JetsGo Holidays are to run holiday programmes from Teesside airport in summer 2021 after Covid-19 curbed this year’s flights.

Majorca is being introduced by JetsGo Holidays alongside a return of packages to Bourgas in Bulgaria by Balkan Holidays.

The Bulgarian resort gateway will be served twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays from May 23 to provide seven, ten, 11 or 14-day breaks.

The route was introduced in 2019 but was paused this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Holiday prices start at £354 per person and take in beach resorts such as Sunny Beach, Nessebar and Golden Sands.

JetsGo’s Majorca breaks were also cancelled due to the pandemic.

However, the operator has now confirmed a return to Majorca between July 25 and September 19.

Prices start at £379 per person based on seven nights self-catering in September. All-inclusive school holiday family deals start at £529pp based on seven nights for a family of four in August.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The cancellation of our 2020 summer schedule was upsetting but unavoidable as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the globe.

“I know a lot of families were looking forward to flying out from Teesside to Majorca, Bulgaria and more for their holidays, but the circumstances were outside of anyone’s control.

“Now we’re looking to the future to make 2021 the best summer it can be for holidaymakers across the region, with these popular routes back at our airport and, in Balkan Holidays’ case, growing from its last service in 2019.

“We’ve been growing our offering of year-round routes but the school holidays and summer sun give us a real chance to give people something to look forward to.

“Both Balkan Holidays and JetsGo Holidays share our confidence in Teesside International and have shown this with their commitment to coming back year after year, even when the wider aviation industry is going through a difficult time. We’re delighted to welcome them back.”

He added: “We have even more exciting announcements to come for summer 2021 – and for our airport in general – so watch this space for more.”

Balkan Holidays marketing manager Chris Rand said: “We are pleased to be repeating our Teesside to Bourgas charter flight for summer 2021.

“It was a popular flight for summer 2019 and so we have added a second flight to give a choice of seven, ten, 11 and 14 night durations. Many of our customers transferred their summer 2020 holiday to summer 2021 so it should be even more popular.”

JetsGo Holidays managing director Daniel Reilly said: “We are pleased to be able confirm a service from Teesside to Majorca for summer 2021 as we saw an excellent response from the region for our summer 2020 flight programme which unfortunately was unable to operate.

“While 2020 has turned into a staycation year for the majority, many have expressed a real desire to get something planned for next year that they can really look forward to, evident by the fact a lot of our summer 2020 customers opted to change their holidays over to 2021 instead.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Teesside airport to explore new opportunities for additional services in the future.”