Boro have announced a partnership with Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline which is operationally based at Teesside International Airport.

This sees the Glasgow-headquartered operator become a Gold Partner with Boro and the club’s official airline partner. The deal has an initial one-year duration.

Loganair takes over the exclusive management of all our charter air travel, including flights to select away matches, as well as ad hoc corporate domestic travel.

Loganair Commercial Director Kay Ryan said: “This is a very important strategic arrangement as Teesside has become an increasingly strong operational base for us. It shows our continued and growing commitment to the airport and to the Tees Valley region.

“Like us, Middlesbrough FC has a passion to be the best it can be. I’m confident this partnership will be to the mutual benefit of our two organisations.

“We have developed a specialism in bespoke charter requirements for football clubs and we are pleased and excited to be able to bring this expertise to bear for Middlesbrough.”

Loganair currently operates scheduled services from Teesside Airport to London Heathrow, Bristol, Aberdeen and Belfast. Next summer it will add routes to Southampton and Dublin.

In the first action of the new partnership, Loganair flew Boro players and staff to Farnborough Airport for our match at Reading.

The crew of the Loganair Embraer 145 regional jet – Teesside-based captain David Naylor, first officer David Raymond and cabin crew Lucy Thompson – welcomed Boro manager Neil Warnock and his team on board.

MFC’s Head of Commercial Lee Fryett, said: “We are delighted to announce the partnership with Loganair. We have developed a strong commercial and operational relationship with them over a number of years now and this sees us further strengthen our links.

“It is fantastic to see them taking an active role in the success and development at Teesside International Airport, another of our key partners, and we look forward to working with them more in the future.”