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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 JANUARY 2015 out now. Pax at 45,034 is 30.4%up on last year. Latest Route News Update:  Winter 2015/16. Including latest news from Linksair and Wizzair - see 'Stats And Stuff' above. Also out now, full Summer Schedule 2015 - see 'At The Airport' above. 

INTERESTING MOVEMENTS for FEBRUARY 2015 by Clive Featherstone. Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport during a very busy and interesting February. 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 March 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 'Dreamliner'  10th March.

Great News to Start The Year; it just keeps getting better - January Passenger Figures at 45,034 is 30.4% up on last year.

Chris Harcombe, Head of Development DSA, and Gary Winterman, MD Anglo World Cargo, gave an excellent interview from the airport on BBC Radio Sheffield. Catch it here > http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02hp6s3   

The provisional pax figure for the year 2014 is 724,252 an increase of 5%.

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

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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Airport Friends Provide A £3000 Fundraising Boost For Yorkshire Air Ambulance:

Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (FODSA) have raised £3,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The organisation, which supports and promotes the work of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, raised the funds through attendance at local galas, social events and meetings, and collections held at the Airport.

A cheque presentation was held at the Airport and it brings the FODSA’s total amount of fundraising to £6,000 over the last two years.

                                                         

                                                                                Mark Perry (centre) YAA Regional Fundraiser for S Yorks, receives the cheque from FODSA members.

FODSA was established in February 2005 following on from the FLY Finningley campaign, with the aim to promote Doncaster Sheffield Airport through encouraging its preservation, development and improvement.

The group also help to inform public opinion by providing advice and information about the airport, the airlines that use it and services available from it.

Paul Armitage, FODSA Events Co-ordinator, said: “The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an incredibly worthwhile charity and we are delighted to be able to help support them and the invaluable service they provide.

“All the members of FODSA have a real enthusiasm for aviation so the Yorkshire Air Ambulance was an obvious choice when we were looking for a charity to fundraise for.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a lifesaving rapid response emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance Helicopter flies seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motor ways, but also rural and isolated locations.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “The work that the FODSA do is remarkable and it’s a fantastic achievement by them to have raised £6,000 in two years.

“On behalf of the Airport, I’d like to thank them for all their hard work and dedication.”

Mark Perry, Yorkshire Air Ambulance Regional Fundraiser for South Yorkshire, said: “We are very grateful to everyone at FODSA for choosing to fundraise for our charity.

“We need to raise £9990 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air. The generosity that we receive is the life blood of the charity and without it we would not be able to provide the service that we are so proud of.

“On behalf of everyone at Yorkshire Air Ambulance I would like to express our gratitude to FODSA and the local community for their donation and hope they continue to support the charity in the future.” 

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Flights From Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield To Slovakia Set To Arrive Three Months Early:

Passengers from Yorkshire will be able to fly to the Slovakian city Kosice three months earlier than anticipated following an announcement from Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe*, that, reflecting customer demand, it will open its base in Kosice, Slovakia on 5 June, three months earlier than originally planned.

The decision will see the first flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Kosice take off on June 7. The twice weekly service will fly passengers to Kosice, the second largest city in Slovakia, located in the east of the country.
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 that customer demand has led Wizz to open its base in Kosice earlier than planned. This is great news for the city region that the North of England’s only service to Kosice will be flying from Doncaster earlier than planned.
“The route will connect Yorkshire to another major European city which offers a great location for travellers.
“We look forward to developing our partnership with Wizz Air further to provide an even wider range of locations for people to visit.”
Kosice was awarded the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and 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.

Wizz Air’s Daniel de Carvalho said: “Wizz Air is pleased to announce an earlier opening date of its Kosice base. With our 2 new routes to Milan Bergamo and Doncaster Sheffield being served 3 months earlier than initially planned, and with an increased frequency of London Luton flights, our customers can now book this year’s summer holiday on WIZZ’s Kosice routes.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to over 30 destinations. For more information, please visit www.robinhoodairport.com
Flights and packages to European cities are now available at www.wizzair.com 


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Robin Hood Airport Set To Work With Children And Animals!

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is ignoring the age old advice of never working with children or animals as it announces its chosen charities for 2015.

Staff at the airport will hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year and passengers will be encouraged to donate via the annual coin collection which sees passengers donate any loose sterling, foreign coins or notes in departures and arrivals.

This year’s chosen charities are Cash For Kids – the children’s charity run by Hallam FM – and Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation.

                                                                               

                                                                                             Cheryl Williams (Yorkshire Wildlife Park) Chris Harcombe (Doncaster Sheffield Airport).

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said, “We are delighted to announce our two chosen charities for 2015. There are so many worthy causes around and it was a hard decision to make.
“Our staff and passengers are very generous and will support these two charities donating unwanted coins in arrivals and departures.”

Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in local communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation is the charity run by the Yorkshire Wildlife Park team. The Foundation was created in 2013 to be a dynamic catalyst for inspiring people to support conservation and welfare across the globe.

Their vision is to create dynamic communities who promote, conserve and sustain the world’s biodiversity and improve animal welfare.

Steve added: “We are really proud to be working with Yorkshire Wildlife Park again. In 2010 we worked closely with the team to assist them as they flew a pride of rescue lions from Romania to Doncaster.
“The Wildlife Park is a fantastic attraction for Yorkshire and they are a really forward thinking team.
“Cash For Kids helps to fund local projects for local children. This is a cause that is close to our passengers hearts.
“We are looking forward to working with both charities and helping them to raise funds which will make a real difference". 


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Major Engineering Feat Underway On Airport Link Road:

Bridge beam lifts which will see the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) link road cross the East Coast Mainline commenced this weekend.

A 1,000 tonne crane carried out the night time lifts which saw the first two pairs of steel beams weighing over 80 tonnes carefully positioned onto the supporting walls on either side of the track.

                                                                  

Next weekend, Doncaster Council and the main contractor Carillion will lift the final pair of beams into place to form the 42m span bridge. Track possessions from Network Rail are enabling these works to take place.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: "This important project is a major engineering feat which will help to deliver new jobs and growth in Doncaster. Building work continues to motor along at pace with the link road scheme on course to open early next year.
"The FARRRS link road is the catalyst for huge levels of private sector investment in Doncaster in the shape of the £400million iPort development and 1,200 new homes on the former Rossington Colliery site. It will also help to increase passenger numbers and business growth at the airport.”
The first phase of £56million FARRRS link is creating a three mile route from junction 3 of the M18 to Parrott’s Corner on the A638 south of Doncaster and is on track to be complete and open in early 2016.

Steve Gill, managing director, of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “It is great to see this transformational project reaching such a major milestone which brings us ever closer to having the much needed link road open. We have been pleased to hear feedback from our airline partners who are impressed with the ambition and drive behind this new road.”

Tim Love, Director of Strategic Land at Harworth Estates, the developer behind the 1,200 home residential development at the former Rossington Colliery, said: “We’re delighted at the speed that FARRRS is being built, typified by the beam lift work taking place well on-time. All of this work will allow the construction of new homes to begin in the Spring, complementing the economic growth that FARRRS is supporting for the benefit of the Borough and its residents.”

The East Coast Mainline bridge is the second bridge to carry the link road over railway lines after 27 pre-cast concrete beams were used during the completion of the bridge over the Brancliffe to Kirk Sandall (BKS) railway line in the autumn last year.
The bridge over the River Torne connecting FARRRS to the residential development and to Rossington is already complete and work is also progressing well on the two new bridges where FARRRS crosses the River Torne and the Mother Drain at Parrott’s Corner.

Surveys, design work and business case preparation for the second phase is underway. This will complete the link to Doncaster Sheffield Airport delivering further economic and transport benefits for the area. Subject to approval this phase of works will start shortly after the first phase is completed.

The first phase of FARRRS 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. Doncaster Council’s main contractor for the works is Carillion and the designer is Mott MacDonald.
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Passenger Numbers Soar At The Airport:

A Yorkshire airport is celebrating having recorded a significant growth in passenger numbers over the last 12 months.
Figures releases by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that passenger numbers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport are up by 5 per cent year on year.
The Airport’s increase in passenger numbers is higher than the average national increase which stands at 4.3 per cent and sees the Airport take the top spot in the region for passenger growth.

A total of four new routes were introduced at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2014, including Belfast, Isle of Man, Bucharest and Riga with a further two announced for 2015 including Zante and the Slovakian city of Kosice.

In addition the airport’s ever popular routes such as Alicante, Las Palmas, Dalaman, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Poznan, Gdansk and Warsaw have all contributed to the overall rise in passenger numbers.

The CAA figures come in the year that the airport celebrates its 10th anniversary.

As well as the great news regarding passenger growth figures the airport has also been boosted by the news that the completion of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) is on schedule and set to be completed by January 2016.
FARRRS will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport and make the Airport even more accessible for passengers from across the region.

Steve Gill, managing director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to see an increase in our passenger numbers and it is great to see people taking advantage of everything that their airport has to offer.

“2015 is looking like it will be a great year for the airport as we have already announced our new route to Kosice, Slovakia with Wizz Air and we will also be introducing a new route to Zante in Greece. In addition Thomson and Wizz Air will be increasing capacity on their Tunisia, Riga and Vilnius routes respectively.
“Once people realise how accessible the airport and the destinations we fly to are, they are keen to fly local and support the regional economy.
“It is great to be able to offer our passengers a wide range of destinations to fly to and we are looking forward to continued growth.”

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Emmerdale Comes To The Airport:

Once again the ITV's Emmerdale production set was brought to the airport yesterday 9th Feb. The production team were in full swing as filming took place for a future episode. Fodsa members were on hand to lend the airport staff assistance with escorting duties.

                                                                             

                                                                                                                Production crew members Martin and Sharon with FoDSA members.

A Warm Welcome For 2Excel Aviation's B727 G-OSRB:

The 2Excel Aviation Team were out in full force to welcome the latest addition to their fleet B727 G-OSRB. A few circuits were completed before joining up with B727 G-OSRA for a photo shoot .

                                                        

                                                                                                               2Excel Aviation Team with B727 G-OSRB & G-OSRA

More photos - see 'Gallery' above.

Also, see article below.
 

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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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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.

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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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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