Durham Tees Valley Airport could be home to a new hotel after a planning application was submitted to Darlington Council, the Teeside Evening Gazette has reported.
Developer C J Leonard has handed in a proposal for a 130-bedroom hotel incorporating car parking facilities for 134 cars to be built on the existing Lancaster House site.
Although the hotel will be owned by the luxury chain Hilton it will come under the Hampton brand which offers budget accommodation.
Jeremy Good, of planning consultants England and Lyle, told the Evening Gazette: "There have been numerous tentative proposals for similar developments at the airport, but we believe that this is the first application with an end operator specifically named."
A new hotel would add to the existing accommodation available at Durham Tees Valley Airport which includes the 19-bedroom Spa Hotel and the 59 bedroom St George Hotel.
"The scheme would improve the choice of hotels in the airport complex and is fully consistent with local and regional planning guidance," Mr Good told the newspaper.
The north-east airport was renamed Durham Tees Valley Airport as part of a major redevelopment plan in 2004.