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Latest News:

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'Over 8 million passengers have now flown from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield'.

KEN'S MONTHLY NOTES for DECEMBER 2014 out now. Pax at 42,557 is 20.6% up on last year. The provisional pax figure for the year is 724,252 an increase of 5% . Latest Route News for 2014/15, Includes New Destinations for 2015 and latest updates:  see 'Stats and Stuff' above, also -  Winter Flight Schedule 2014/15 out now -  see 'At the Airport' above.

INTERESTING MOVEMENTS for DECEMBER 2014 by Clive Featherstone. Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport during a very busy and interesting December for Cargo. Includes Commercial, Bizz Jets, Props, Rotary and Military, see 'Stats and Stuff' - 'Interesting Movements'

NOW UPDATED as from 31st January 2014, Clive Featherstone's comprehensive listings of all aircraft types to have visited RHADS; includes: Airlines - Aircraft Types - Cargo Aircraft - World Aircraft Registrations - Foreign Aircraft First Visits. See 'Stats and Stuff' above.

NEW FEATURE complied by our very own stats man Ken Bardell: Ken will produce and post a monthly Flight Schedule for 2015, presented a month in advance. You can find the Jan/Feb 2015 Flight Schedule now on 'At the Airport' section above.

Vulcan XH558 - All there is to know about her here > www.vulcantothesky.org

Ramada Encore' Hotel -The Hotel is ideally located within a few minutes walk from the main terminal at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.  Tel: 44 (0) 1302-718520

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Out 'n' About:

Watch out for the arrival of 2Excel's B727 G-OSRB  -  4th Feb.

More great news for the airport - Pax at 42,557 is 20.6% up on last year - See 'Stats and Stuff' above.

The provisional pax figure for the year is 724,252 an increase of 5%.

Birdseye view of FARRRS - http://youtu.be/tAW4lkTeQZU

Photos of FARRRS - https://twitter.com/hashtag/FARRRS?src=hash

iPort, Doncaster, UK - 6 million Sq Ft of warehousing and 35 Acre Strategic Rail Freight Terminal - click here to watch the video > www.iportuk.com  

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Travelex Happy Hour:

If you’re looking to purchase your holiday currency why not take advantage of the Travelex ‪Happy Hour.

You can receive a fantastic rate on all currencies between 11am and 1pm when you visit
http://travelex.co.uk  to place your order online. You can then collect your currency from the Travelex shop within the airport Terminal opposite the Check-in desks!
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Announces New Route To Slovakia:

The Slovakian city Kosice has become the latest city to be added to the growing list of destinations from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Wizz Air has announced that the new route from the Yorkshire airport, with flights every Wednesday and Sunday, will start on September 16.

                                                                          

Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia, located in the east of the country, with a population of 240,000. It was awarded the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and it is known for having the largest heritage reservation in Slovakia as well as being home to the oldest marathon in the world.
The city’s Eastern Slovak Museum is home to the gold treasure of Kosice, one of the largest and most significant treasures in Europe consisting of 2920 pieces of gold.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is Wizz Air’s second largest UK base and the only one in Yorkshire. Currently, the airport operates a total of 24 Wizz Air flights per week to eight destinations including Bucharest in Romania, and Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland.
The airline continues to expand its operations from the region and the route to Kosice, which is one of Wizz’s 20 European bases, will become Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s ninth Wizz Air route.

Chris Harcombe, Head of Aviation Development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We’re delighted to announce the new Wizz Air route to Kosice. It is great news for the city region that the North of England’s only service to Kosice will be flying from Doncaster.
“It will connect Yorkshire to another major European city which offers a great location for travellers. The new route follows the additional growth of other Wizz Air routes over the past year, which shows the airlines great commitment to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“With the new Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) on track to connect the M18 to the airport, we believe demand in European destinations will continue to increase.
“We look forward to developing our partnership with Wizz Air further to provide an even wider range of locations for people to visit.”

Daniel de Carvalho, spokesman for Wizz Air, added: "This new route to Kosice underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Yorkshire region.

“Since starting at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2006 with just three weekly services to Katowice in Poland, Wizz Air now operates 24 flights per week to eight destinations.
“We hope that the new route will be an attractive option for people in Yorkshire to access a historic city and learn more about the region.”
Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to over 30 destinations. Please explore the website for further information.
Flights and packages to European cities are now available at www.wizzair.com  and www.wizztours.com

 

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New Resident in Hangar 1:

After recent refurbishment Hangar 1 receives its first aircraft resident since its old RAF days.

2Excel Aviation have moved across from Heyford House offices and have moved into Hangar 1 along with one of their B727-200 aircraft G-OSRA.

                                                   

                                                                                                                           Published after kind permission from 2Excel Aviation.

2Excel Aviation have based the B727-200(F) out of Doncaster/Sheffield for use on charter flights to locations around the world under the Anglo World Cargo brand. Anglo World Cargo also operates the cargo terminal at Doncaster/Sheffield Airport.

“The partnership with 2Excel is great news for the Airport and shows that the reputation of our cargo terminal and our provision of logistical expertise is growing worldwide," Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said. “The additional aircraft joining our cargo operations will enhance our international trade activity even further as the amount of freight being transported continues to increase, and this can only be positive news for the regional economy.”

2Excel Aviation is a sister company of T2 Aviation (Doncaster/Sheffield) jointly operating three ex-FedEx Express B727 freighters for cargo and oil spill response operations. For more information visit www.2excelaviation.com

                                                                     

                                                                                                                            Published after kind permission from 2Excel Aviation.

Hangar 1 Revealed A Few Astonishing Surprises:

                                                                              

During the refurbishment of Hangar 1 recently take a look at was revealed behind the hangar doors...

                

...and the surprises did not end there, a further amazing, historical and beautiful piece of art work showing a hawk and two BAe Hawks could be found on one of the upper rear office walls.

               

All of this astonishing art work dates back to the old RAF Finningley days.

Not sure of any precise dates, but the chequered yellow and blue squares may well belong to 100 Sqdn.

The chequered squares are the same colour as the starboard inner engine nacelle of B17 'Sally B' which is based at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

The two Hawks depicted are believed not from 100 Sqdn but possibly from 6FTS which shared the hangar with 100 Sqdn.

100 Sqdn Hawks have Pirate 1 etc under the pilots name near the front of the canopy on the port side, this is believed to be their individual call sign.

                                                              

                                                               This photograph of an RAF Hawk jet clearly shows the Skull & Crossbones and the chequered blue and yellow squares.

Not so sure about the Hangar 1 doors but fingers crossed, let's just hope some of this historical art work can be preserved for the future during refurbishment.

Information courtesy of Ken  Woods.

Photos in the Hangar by VCF. (copywrite protected)

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Sees Cargo Increase:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has seen a 112 per cent increase in the amount of cargo it transports.

The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the airport, show a second successive year of growth. The figures represent tonnage through the airport year on year for 2013 and 2014.

                                                        

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, through operator Anglo World Cargo, managed a series of aid flights in November and December to Sierra Leone as part of the Government’s programme to help those affected by Ebola.

The flights, operated by Air Cargo Global for the Department for International Development (DFID), included equipment such as beds, mattresses and medical supplies for five field hospitals in Sierra Lone.

Dayle Hauxwell, Cargo Manager at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We were delighted to be a part of the UK’s efforts to help Sierra Leone defeat Ebola and we will continue to help in any way possible.

“The growth in our cargo activities is excellent and continued evidence that the Airport’s cargo terminal is enhancing its reputation around the world.

“The amount of freight being transported has increased significantly and this can only be positive news for the Airport and the regional economy.”

                                                                

Between October and December, the Airport saw eight B747-400s, one B747-200, one Antonov 225 and several smaller Antonov aircraft operate from the Cargo Terminal.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Cargo Terminal has the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of large cargo aircraft, such as the Antonov-225s. 

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New Doncaster Flights For Lapland Adventurers And Tenerife Sunseekers:

Thomson and First Choice introduce new route to Lapland and additional flight to Tenerife from Doncaster.
Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that winter 2015/16 will see the introduction of a day trip to Lapland and an additional flight to Tenerife from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The move is part of the UK’s leading holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations.
The additional capacity from Doncaster Airport to Tenerife on Thomson Airways will meet customer demand to this popular destination. Local customers will now have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels, such as Thomson Sensatori Resort Tenerife.
Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said:
“Adding additional capacity to Lapland with a new day trip route from Doncaster, as well as the introduction of an additional Tenerife route, demonstrates our commitment to the airport and the local area. We know that the demand is there and we hope that expanding access will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said, “We are delighted that Thomson and First Choice have added to their current offering with us.
“We are sure that the day trip to Lapland will be very popular with our customers and the additional flight to Tenerife will help to meet the demand for that well liked route.
The additional flight to Tenerife will operate on a Monday.

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MORE GREAT NEWS FOR THE AIRPORT.....

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Flying High With New Long Term Deal:

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is today (16 December) celebrating signing a new long term deal with a leading travel company.

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has agreed a new contract with TUI UK & Ireland which will see the travel firm operating Thomson and First Choice holidays from the region for many years to come.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “This is fantastic news for the Sheffield City Region and a real cause for celebration.
“TUI UK & Ireland has been with the airport since day one and was instrumental in the opening of this huge asset for the region.
“Signing this contract is a huge sign of TUI UK & Ireland’s commitment to the region and their confidence in the airports growth strategy.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport returned to the ownership of Peel in 2013 and is part of Peel Airports Ltd which includes Liverpool John Lennon and Durham Tees Valley airports.

“TUI UK & Ireland’s confidence has been boosted by the progress in turning the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) from a dream to a reality. The new road will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport supporting development at the new Enterprise Zone and its other business parks,” added Steve.

There are expansive plans for the site thanks to the government announcement that Robin Hood Airport Business Park would be classed as an Enterprise Zone.

The site will eventually accommodate 2,000 engineering and manufacturing jobs, with hopes that once the land is occupied it will act as a catalyst for further investment, creating a further 2,500 jobs.

Karen Switzer, director of aviation planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to further cement our relationship with Doncaster Sheffield Airport. For us this is a long term commitment to the airport and to the Sheffield City Region.
“We recently visited the transformational new link road project and were impressed by the regeneration ambitions of the region.
“The new road will significantly improve access to the airport for passengers travelling from Sheffield and the surrounding boroughs. We look forward to welcoming the new customers to our holidays that this will bring.”

As well as assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the Doncaster Council led regeneration project has backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The main contractor for the works is Carillion. 

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Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Is Top For Customer Service:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which received national praise earlier this year being named the best UK airport by an annual Which? member survey, has now been recognised locally.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport won the Customer Service Award, at the annual Doncaster Business Awards, arranged by the Chamber of Commerce.

                                                                 

                                                                                                                     Part of the Doncaster Sheffield Airport team celebrating their success.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted to have won this award. Providing great customer service is a real team effort and involves every person in every role at the airport.

“We were delight with the accolade given to us following the Which? survey earlier in 2014 and this local recognition really is the icing on the cake.
“Our team works tirelessly to ensure that visitors to our airport have a good experience, this is no mean feat as travel can be a really stressful time for some. We are developing a credible track record for delivering exactly what passengers want from their regional airport over a number of years.

“Doncaster Sheffield Airport has continued to expand in 2014, with a growing customer base, expansion of existing routes and adding new destinations, and this is down to listening to our customers and taking their feedback seriously.
“For us it is returning customers and regular repeat business which provide a true indicator that our expected high levels of customer service are being achieved.
“We look forward to 2015 when we will continue to aim high in our delivery of excellent customer service and my thanks go to the team who have worked to deliver yet again in this area.”

The annual Doncaster Business Awards are arranged by Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and were presented this year by BBC’s Louise Minchin.

The event, which took place at Doncaster Airport, saw over 800 guests gathering to celebrate all that is good about Doncaster.
 
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Leading Travel Company Makes A Flying Visit to Yorkshire:

Senior representatives from TUI UK & Ireland, which operates holidays under its Thomson and First Choice brands, have paid a flying visit to Yorkshire to inspect work on a new road which will firmly place Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield at the heart of the city region.

The group had a bird’s eye view of progress on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) when they took a helicopter ride along the route.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “It was fantastic to be able to take TUI UK & Ireland to see the progress on this transformational project.
“The visit involved flying to Sheffield and following the journey travellers will take to get to the airport.
“Work is going well and the gateway to the city region project is on target to complete by January 2016.
“We were also delighted to talk about performance, growth plans and the future on this trip which was a clear indication of TUI UK & Ireland’s commitment to South Yorkshire.”

                                                         

L-R Paul Cooper, Manager Airport Negotiations TUI, Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Karen Switzer, TUI Director of Aviation Planning, Kate Stow Head of Marketing Peel Airports, Chris Harcombe, Head of Aviation Development Peel Airports.

FARRRS will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport supporting development at the new Enterprise Zone and its other business parks.

Thomson and First Choice holidays have been available from Doncaster Sheffield Airport for almost ten years and the company was instrumental in the opening of the Yorkshire transport hub in 2005.

Karen Switzer, director of aviation planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘To see the scale of the project and hear about the regeneration ambitions of all parties was very impressive.
“The link road will make a real difference to our customers from early 2016 and will undoubtedly draw more passengers to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”

As well as assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the Doncaster Council led regeneration project has backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The main contractor for the works is Carillion.

Further information on FARRRS is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/FARRRS
 

FARRRS Link Road Set To Be Extended To Airport:

The next stage of work to enable completion of the link road from the motorway network to Doncaster Sheffield Airport has received the green light.
Work on the first phase of the Finningley And Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS), which is creating a three mile route from junction 3 of the M18 to Parrott’s Corner on the A638 south of Doncaster is progressing well.

Mayor Ros Jones and her Cabinet approved plans which will see FARRRS extended to Hurst Lane where it will meet up with the existing airport access road.
This second phase will also include a link to Warning Tongue Lane delivering further economic and transport benefits for the area. It will improve access to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the fastest growing wildlife attraction, and reduce the impact for local residents living close by.

Work will now start on completing surveys, final designs and the full business case. Consultation will begin in early 2015 followed by the submission of a planning application later in 2015. Subject to approval, construction will start in early 2016 when the first phase of FARRRS is due to be complete and open.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This is an important milestone in our aspirations to complete the FARRRS link from the motorway network to our international airport.
“The first phase is unlocking major private sector developments including Verdion’s £400million iPort and Harworth Estates 1,200 new home scheme on the former Rossington Colliery site.
“The second phase will see this important regeneration scheme encourage further inward investment, drive economic growth and deliver jobs and homes for people right across the borough. It will be a real boost for expansion at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the new Enterprise Zone based there. Doncaster is moving forward at a rapid rate of knots.”

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “FARRRS phase two will provide fantastic access to and from the airport from the motorway network.
“This key infrastructure development will help the airport to achieve its potential and will truly place Doncaster Sheffield Airport at the heart of the Sheffield City Region.”

Iain Thomson, Partnerships Manager at Harworth Estates, said: “We see FARRRS Phase 2 as being the final piece in the jigsaw, enabling superb access between the Airport and the national motorway network. Unlocking the potential of the airport is in everyone’s best interests and we wholeheartedly support the programme.”

Simon Carr, LEP Board Member, Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction and incoming Chair of the National Federation of Builders, said: “The new link road will greatly improve connections to Doncaster-Sheffield Airport - cutting driving times from Sheffield to less than 25 minutes. The link road is already helping to create hundreds of jobs in the Sheffield City Region and will continue to do so as it opens up access to development areas at Rossington and at the airport’s new Enterprise Zone.”

Ellen Cutler, Sheffield City Region Inward Investment Director, said: “The airport link road of is one of a number exciting developments in Doncaster which are making Sheffield City Region a truly exceptional choice for investors. The new link road, alongside recent news about Doncaster’s selection as home of the National High Speed Rail College, the new Enterprise Zone site at the airport and the decision by Next to invest in a 900,000 sq ft logistics centre, are all part of Doncaster’s unfolding success story.”

                                                          

Work on the first phase continues at pace. The walls of the new bridge being constructed over the East Coast Main Line are nearing completion ready for beams to be lifted into place in the New Year. Work has also started at Parrott’s Corner where the junction will be changed.
The first phase of the Doncaster Council led £56million FARRRS project received financial assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. The main contractor for the works is Carillion.
The £15million second phase will receive significant backing from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF) and is being supported by the Local Transport Plan, Doncaster Council and private sector developers.
For more information on FARRRS, go to: www.doncaster.gov.uk/FARRRS  

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City Region Business Give Airport Their Backing:

Business leaders from across the Sheffield City Region have given Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield their backing at a special advocacy event.

Representatives from the private sector including board members and the chair of the LEP, council leaders, chamber chief executives and representatives of many big businesses joined with Peel and the management team from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to officially launch the Airport Advocacy initiative.

Robert Hough, chairman of Peel Airports, who helped Liverpool John Lennon Airport grow from 200,000 passengers per annum to 5.8 million at its peak, welcomed the group and said: “Doncaster Sheffield Airport has so much potential and we are looking to businesses in the city region to work with the airport to help it reach that potential and in turn help the city region flourish.”

                                                                  

                                                                                                                     Chris Harcombe, Robert Hough, James Newman and Steve Gill.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We were delighted to welcome so many representatives from a range of businesses from across the Sheffield City Region to this event.

“Following the Peel Group’s re-acquisition of the airport in early 2013 we set out plans to deliver an airport that meets the needs of the city region. We have invested significantly and made great progress in the last 18 months.

“We’ve seen the start of construction of the new airport link road which will significantly improve access to the airport from the city region and have been named the UK’s best airport for customer service.

“This was a great opportunity for us to share the airports aspirations and update the business community about what we are doing to deliver global connectivity for the city region.”
Businesses heard about how they could get involved with the airport through the advocacy initiative and help to contribute to the region’s future prosperity.

James Newman, chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, told the group that Doncaster Sheffield Airport had the full backing and support of the LEP and he said: “For a city region to prosper it needs a successful airport. We can help the airport to achieve its potential by adding our voice and support in this new advocacy initiative.

“The new road will improve connectivity to the Sheffield City Region and with the voices of the airport advocacy group be a real pull for airlines to look at bringing their business to the airport.”
The advocacy group will see businesses working closely with the airport to act as ambassadors, share data regarding their current business travel needs and add their voice of support in discussions with airlines.

Businesses wishing to hear more about the advocacy initiative should email aviation@peelairports.com . For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.robinhoodairportbusiness.com  

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World’s Largest Aircraft At Robin Hood Airport: 

The world’s largest aircraft made a flying visit to Yorkshire as it flew into Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield on an operational cargo mission.

Only one AN-225 Mryia (Dream) was ever built by the company Antonov, and this giant of the skies, operated by Ukrainian company Antonov Airlines, landed in Doncaster to collect 150 tonnes of engineering equipment for a transatlantic flight. 


                   

                                                                         The AN-225 is 275 feet in length, with a wingspan of 290 feet and a maximum take-off weight of 640 tonnes.

Dayle Hauxwell, Cargo Manager at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “The arrival of this huge aircraft is further proof of Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s ability to handle the largest aircraft and cargo shipments.

“The AN-225 is the largest cargo freighter in the world and we are absolutely thrilled that it was able to land here in Yorkshire.

“We are working hard to develop our reputation as one of the UK’s leading freight airports and the arrival of the AN-225 gives us a further opportunity to prove that we are capable of delivering a first class service, responding quickly to the needs of the customer.”

The freight was handled by Anglo World Cargo, the Cargo terminal operator for Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Anglo World Cargo operates from Hangar 1 at the airport and manages the processing of all freight in and out of the airport.

Gary Winterman, Managing Director at Anglo World Cargo, said: “We were delighted to welcome the AN-225 to Doncaster again.

“The airlines decision to operate to Doncaster Sheffield Airport is a great advert for the airport’s ability to handle this type of oversized cargo.

“We hope that our growing reputation for offering hassle free, friendly service will help in continuing to develop our cargo throughput and mean we see the AN-225 again soon.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Cargo Terminal consists of 12,000sqft of operational space and has a full range of equipment and facilities capable of handling any aircraft. This, coupled with the airport’s 2893m runway, gives them the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of the largest cargo aircraft.

For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.dsa-cargo.com
 
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First Of Its Kind:

One of the UK’s leading travel operators has launched its first holiday design store in Yorkshire.

The Thomson store on St Sepulchre Gate in Doncaster has been fully refurbished with a number of new digital and interactive features that modernise the customer experience of buying a holiday.

The immersive design sees all point-of-sale material withdrawn and replaced with a series of interactive digital displays which showcase latest products and destinations, with many flying from the nearby Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.

A touch-screen, wall mounted interactive map allows  customers to select a destination and uncover details as they zoom in and select different hotels and discover information such as local sights and Tripadvisor reviews.

Jackie Hinds, Store Manager, said: “The new store has received great feedback since its opening.

“More than ever, customers are demanding an experience, not a transaction. The new holiday design stores are a great way to enhance the way customers can interact with us.

“We also have two new banquette-style booking booths in store which are proving to be very popular, and many of our holiday packages fly from the nearby Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is really convenient for people living in the region as they can depart for their holiday from their local airport.”

Thomson, which is part of TUI UK and Ireland, has 700 stores around the country and expects to roll out the design to 100 shops over the next two to three years.

The modular nature of the concept means that different elements can be trialled depending on the location and demands of each store.

Craig Hewitt, Trade Sales Executive at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “The new store is fantastic and really adds to the customer experience of buying a holiday.

“With Doncaster now being home to a state-of-the-art Thomson store as well as a thriving Airport, travel continues to play a huge part in the local and regional economy.” 

 
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Robin Hood Airport Says Ciao Bella To New Italian Packages:

Independent tour operator Newmarket Holidays has announced new exciting packages to Italy from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield next year.

The packages, which offer a real taste of Italy, can be booked now and will take off from the Yorkshire airport in 2015.

With escorted tours including the ‘Seven Cities of Italy’, ‘Lake Garda’ and the ‘Italian Lakes’, along with independent trips to Italy on offer passengers will be able to make the most of the new links to the beautiful European destination.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Working with Newmarket Holidays we are delighted to be able to offer Italy as a destination from Doncaster.

“Package tours or independent travellers wishing to explore the beautiful towns and cities of Italy will now be able to do so from Doncaster from 2015.”

The ‘Seven Cities of Italy’ is an eight-day holiday exploring infamous Italian cities with flights direct from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Verona, before visiting eternal Rome and picturesque Florence.

The holiday includes seven nights' half-board accommodation at three four-star hotels in Moniga del Garda, Chianciano Terme (both for three nights) and Lugagnano (for the remaining night).

Sight-seeing musts in Italy include the Vatican City, Michelangelo’s David at Accademia Gallery and Lake Garda.

Amanda George, regional charter manager, from Newmarket Holidays said: “We know how important convenience and relaxation are to making our customers travel experience a special one, so we're committed to providing great-value flights from many local airports around the country.

“We are pleased to be able to offer these trips to passengers from Yorkshire from their local airport.”

Newmarket Holidays are also offering travellers the chance to discover the finest cities of Northern Europe with the eight-day holiday ‘Jewels of the Baltic’. They will visit the three Baltic capitals; the Lithuanian town of Vilnius, Latvian’s ever-growing city Riga and medieval Estonian town Tallinn.

Having the option to fly to Vilnius or Kaunas, travellers will embark in guided tours around the three capitals – where they will also stay in three to four star accommodations.

Whilst visiting, there will be a chance to visit the beautiful Gauja National Park, the majestic Rundale Palace and Trakai's Island Castle.

For more information regarding the holiday packages available from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with Newmarket Holidays, visit www.newmarketholidays.co.uk .

Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to over 30 destinations. For more information, please visit www.robinhoodairport.com .

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Fully Restored Tiger Moth Flies Again From Doncaster Sheffield Airport:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield was the home to a nostalgic look back at the 1940s when a fully restored Tiger Moth plane took off for its first test flight.

The aeroplane, which was built in 1941 at Morris Motors, Cowley, has been based at Aerospace NDT Ltd at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. For the last two years, it has been overhauled and restored to its original RAF specification. 

                                                                            

In front of a number of onlookers, the aeroplane took off for its maiden test flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Treswell, Nottinghamshire. It was flown by flight instructor and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) examiner Richard Flanagan, who has had more than thirty years’ experience of flying Tiger Moths.

David Firth, who has owned the plane for five years, said: “It was exciting moment to see the Tiger Moth back flying again. The first test flight was a success, and the aeroplane will now go on to continue its test sequence. If she performs as she should, which I am confident she will, we can then apply for a permit to fly.’
“I’d like to thank everyone at Doncaster Sheffield Airport for their help and co-operation in letting this happen. It was a great occasion with many exciting people jumping around when the aeroplane took off.”

From the 1930s, the Tiger Moth was used by the RAF as a basic trainer aeroplane for almost all of their pilots.

By the start of the Second World War, the RAF had 500 of the aircraft in service and in 1940, a number were fitted with bomb racks for anti-submarine operations, some were used for photograph reconnaissance, with a few converted for use as air ambulances in Burma. After the war, many ex RAF aircraft became civilian trainers, while others were used for crop spraying or passenger carrying. 

                                                                           

This particular Tiger Moth served at RAF Holme on Spalding Moor and RAF Wickenby during World War II.

Added David: “It’s apt that this particular aircraft spent a lot of its time in this area during World War II, where she was largely used as what was known as a ‘station hack’, a flying pool car in other words.
“The museum at Wickenby airfield were kind enough to provide us with a copy of the control tower records for this period, which shows all the aeroplane’s movements, when and where she went, and even who was on board.
“It would be wonderful if we could reunite any of those people with the aircraft after all these years.”

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We were thrilled to be a part of the Tiger Moth’s maiden test flight, and very proud to see it take off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“It looked magnificent in flight and it was a great moment to see it back in the air again.”
 

More photos on "Gallery" above.
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Tops UK Customer Satisfaction Survey:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has topped an independent national survey for customer satisfaction.

The Yorkshire airport was ranked joint top in the annual Which? member survey of UK airports after scoring an impressive 85 per cent customer score.

Which? assessed airports on areas that matter the most to consumers, including pick-up and drop-off, seating provision, queues at security, passport control and baggage reclaim.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport achieved five-star ratings in four key categories, specifically around queues, space around security, seating provision and distance to boarding gates.

It was the highest placed airport in the north of England after finishing top alongside a south-based airport in the national rankings.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This is excellent news. We are developing a credible track record for delivering exactly what passengers want from their regional airport over a number of years.

“It’s been a tough time for the aviation industry, but Doncaster Sheffield Airport has continued to expand, with a growing customer base, expansion of existing routes and adding new destinations, and this is down to listening to our customers and taking their feedback seriously.

“The surveys are a good pointer to showcase we are doing things right, however, it is returning customers and regular repeat business which is a true indicator that our expected high levels of customer service are being achieved.”

In 2012, Doncaster Sheffield Airport won the Best Small Airport in a Which? survey. More than 8000 members were asked to rate their satisfaction with and likelihood to recommend a UK airport they had used in the previous 12 months.

It has consistently been in the top three of this same award for the last six years and also previously won Best Airport at the Customer Service Awards by Holiday Extras and Thomson Airways, Going for Gold.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd, said: “The message from travellers is clear – larger airports continue to let people down on the basics, from baggage reclaim to food outlets. People deserve an enjoyable break without any stress, so we want to hear from consumers so that we can help to stop the holiday hassles.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to more than 30 destinations around the world.

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DJ and TV Presenter Flies Out From DSA:

DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans chose to travel up from London by train (Friday 16th May) so that he could fly out to the Isle of Man from Robin Hood Airport.

                                                                   

                                                                                             FODSA members with Chris Evans before he flew out to the Isle of Man with LinksAir.

Before his flight was due to depart, and Chris being a big fan of the last remaining flying Vulcan in the world, he took a quick visit to see XH558 in her hangar at the airport.

Chris flew out from DSA with LinksAir to join his TV presenter and co-host Alex Jones to present the BBC One Show live from the IOM. The show was promoting and following the baton for the Commonwealth Games.
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Major Boost For Robin Hood Airport:

A new Enterprise Zone site has been confirmed at Robin Hood Airport which will help attract new business and inward investment into Doncaster.
The 10 hectare site is part of an announcement today (11 March) by Government to increase the size of the Sheffield City Region’s Enterprise Zone by almost a half.
Warmly welcoming the news, Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “I made a commitment to deliver new jobs and economic growth in Doncaster and we are delighted with this announcement. I personally proposed and pushed very hard for the introduction of this Enterprise Zone, which will offer further incentives for investors and companies to choose Doncaster as a business destination. This is a huge vote of confidence in Doncaster and our economic growth plans.
“The Enterprise Zone will help us establish an economic growth corridor which will transform the south of Doncaster and be the catalyst for growth across the borough and the Sheffield City Region. It will help the airport expand, entice new industry to the area, and achieve my aims of more housing and ultimately more jobs.
“It is tremendous news for Doncaster and we will work closely with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to exploit all opportunities to develop the Enterprise Zone to build a strong and diverse local and regional economy.”
Today’s announcement follows extensive talks between local leaders and Government officials to negotiate the deal and will see Enterprise Zone expansions in other parts of the region as well as the new site at Doncaster’s international airport. The deal was brokered by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
The new status will mean that businesses and investors can access significant Government tax incentives by locating in the designated area at the airport. This will be particularly useful for businesses in the manufacturing and engineering sectors which are being proactively encouraged into the region. It will also act as a catalyst for further investment in the site and be complementary to the infrastructure investment that is already going into the area.
Work has started on the new FARRRS link road from the motorway network to Robin Hood Airport and this will see a number of developments get off the ground like iPort - a strategic rail freight interchange which has the potential to create thousands of new jobs. FARRRS together with the new Enterprise Zone will enhance Doncaster’s logistics capacity and expertise and help the local economy to flourish.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “An Enterprise Zone at Robin Hood Airport is an excellent location to grow new businesses. The airport is a magnet for inward investment; and with the FARRRS link road now underway, and the airport business park now set to grow, this will be an exciting time for Doncaster and good news for employment in the borough.”
Peter Nears, Strategic Planning Director at Peel Holdsings (Land & Property) Limited, said: “This news is a significant development for Robin Hood Airport and our partners.
“Investors are already showing unprecedented interest in the area around the airport as completion of the new link road from the M18 gets closer and closer.
“Logistically, the Enterprise Zone is incredibly attractive because of its strategic location at the heart of the UK and its multimodal access, which now includes a dedicated Airport, excellent rail links to all ports and the rest of the UK, and direct access to the strategic highway network of the A1, M1 and M18.”
James Newman, Chairman of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the Government has listened to local leaders and enabled us to expand our Enterprise Zone to include additional strategic sites, including the land next to Robin Hood Airport.
“Businesses have been attracted to join our modern manufacturing and technology community which offers outstanding transport connectivity, a highly-skilled talent pool and the best UK Government tax incentives available.
“Now that our expansion has been confirmed, the LEP will be working closely with partners to ensure that the new sites can boast our full package Enterprise Zone benefits including simplified planning, superfast broadband and global promotion at international events.”

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DONCASTER TO AUSTRALIA 747 CARGO STYLE.

DONCASTER SHEFFIELD AIRPORT (DSA) AIR CARGO CASE STUDY: BOEING 747-400: OUT-SIZED GOODS SUPPLIED TO AUSTRALIA IN JUST 5 WORKING DAYS: 

On 21st January 2014, an Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 departed Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) bound for Perth, Australia. The story behind the shipment is a case study in how the DSA Air Cargo team provides fast, efficient and flexible services to companies with specialist, ad hoc air freight requirements.
Thursday 16th January: Enquiry Received and Quotation Provided
An enquiry is received concerning an urgent, large-scale shipment from Doncaster, UK to Perth, Australia. The 26.5 tonneload comprises 4 ‘Hagglund’ all-terrain vehicles and trailers, 4 sets of spare tracks and additional spares in case of vehicle breakdowns.
The vehicles are required by an oil company operating in Western Australia. The company needs to cross marshland to access a damaged pipeline that presents an environmental hazard and requires urgent repair – only the Hagglunds can do it.
The DSA air freight team – comprising the airport, Anglo World Cargo and Servisair – works closely to respond to the enquiry without delay.
Friday 17th January: Goods Received at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
The vehicles arrive at DSA’s transit shed where they are check-weighed immediately. They are then wrapped fully on site for REST (security) procedures to make the shipment ‘known’ for flight.
Monday 20th January: Checking and Packing
‘Dangerous goods’ checks are completed. The vehicles are then built onto 20ft aircraft pallets and each vehicle is secured with 20 straps.
Tuesday 21st January: Departure from DSA
With the load prepared ready for flight, the load master arrives and confirms that all paperwork is collated, with export licences and customs entries completed.

• At 20:50, the Atlas Air 747-400 lands at DSA

• Servisair then collects the shipment and loads it through the nose of the aircraft using a high loader

• The Atlas Air 747-400 departs DSA half an hour early for its travel to Australia

Wednesday 22nd January 2014: Arrival in Perth, Australia
After taking a stop in Dubai for crew change and fuel, the aircraft lands in Perth.
The vehicles arriveon site that same afternoon, ready to repair the damaged pipeline and prevent further environmental damage.
The goods were delivered on site in Western Australia within 5 working day of initial contact. The case study provides a typical example of the speed, flexibility and service available to specialist air freight customers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
 
 

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Filming took place at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield for part of a pop video of the young rising star Jake Bugg.

                                                                                             

Jake Bugg is a singer songwriter from Clifton, Nottingham. He started playing guitar age 12 and appeared at the Glastonbury Festival 2011 on the BBC Introducing stage when he was 17. His songs have appeared on various BBC Radio play lists and one, "Country Song", has been used in a 2012 Greene King IPA beer advert on UK national TV. On 22 May 2012, Jake Bugg appeared on the BBC music programme Later with Jools Holland. His work is influenced by Bob Dylan, Oasis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Donovan.

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