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

KEN'S MONTHLY NOTES for October 2015 pax at 82,062 is 11.5% up on last year Latest Route News Update:   Updated full Summer Schedule 2015 - see 'At The Airport' above. Winter 2015/16 see 'At the Airport' above. Also out now,  Thomson/First Choice Summer 2016  - see 'Stats & Stuff'

INTERESTING MOVEMENTS  for OCTOBER 2015 by Clive Featherstone. One of the busiest Octobers so far  - Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport. Includes Commercial, Cargo, 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 November/December 2015, January 2016 Flight Schedule - Summer 2016 Flight Schedule - now on 'At the Airport' section above.


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Out 'n' About: 

So kind and generous were the public and staff at the WDF Sale, FODSA raised over £1100 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance -  Thank You All.

The raffle held in support of YAA at the WDF sale for the Jofli Bear was won by Lorraine Gaynor - ticket 412.

B744 departs around 18:30 today - Sunday.

Flybe drop down list of destinations from DSA is now showing the following additional destinations. Geneva, Lyon, Munich, Nuremburg and Zurich. The Flybe ‘connections timetables’ shows connecting flights through Paris (CDG) using Air France to these destinations.

Subway will be opening a brand new restaurant in December 2015.

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Yorkshire Based Travel Executive Named As One Of The 30 Under 30 Travel Leaders.

A Thomson Airways employee based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been named as one of the country’s future travel leaders.

Craig Goodridge, who started work with Thomson Airways as cabin crew in 2007, later joined the management team at the airline’s Doncaster base, from where he has managed and guided more than 80 cabin crew in his role as cabin crew performance manager.

He has moved to the position of onboard coach where he also works with management colleagues to ensure high standards are maintained.

Now an industry publication has named him in their “Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders: 30 under 30” scheme, which identifies the next generation of travel industry leaders.

Craig said: “I am delighted to have been named in this list, it is a real honour. The fact that I love my job makes it all so much easier.

“Working with the team at Doncaster Sheffield Airport is fantastic and we pride ourselves in going the extra mile to make sure that Thomson and First Choice customers have a positive experience when they fly with us.

“Our customers expect high standards and part of my role is to make sure we deliver. Working with the team, I aim to make sure that people have a relaxed and enjoyable experience with us.”

Those selected for “Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders: 30 under 30” get the opportunity to meet senior travel industry leaders from a range of different organisations, network and build relationships with other future leaders from within the travel industry, and attend a series of travel industry dinners and conferences.

Kate Stow, head of marketing, for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are all really pleased for Craig. This is wonderful recognition for such hard work and dedication.

“Thomson Airways, part of TUI Group and Doncaster Sheffield Airport have a long relationship and both organisations are proud of their customer service achievements. By working in partnership we can continue to ensure that passengers flying from the airport have a great experience.”

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Announces Eight New Flybe Routes Including Two European Hubs:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has today (November 10) announced eight new routes with Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline.

The new routes, including two major European hub airports, go on sale today and will be operational from the end of March 2016.

Flybe will become the largest low-fares airline to operate from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with some 44 departures per week and almost half a million seats on the new routes in their first year of operation.


l to R -Steve Gill - managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Ros Jones (Doncaster's Mayor), Phil Delaney, sales and distribution director, for Flybe, Martin McKervey, private sector board member of the Sheffield City Region LEP, front row Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development.

The services to countries including the Netherlands, France, Germany and Spain will bring a mix of city break opportunities and sunshine destinations.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This is fantastic news for the Sheffield City Region. Flybe will be taking passengers to eight destinations from the end of March 2016.
“The routes include two hub feeder services to Paris and Amsterdam which offers global connectivity. This will benefit businesses from across the region and this new wave of connectivity will take the airport and the city region to the next level.

“We have worked extremely closely with the Flybe team to ensure that the route network meets the needs of the region.
“I’m therefore delighted to announce that from March 27 2016, Flybe will serve the following network from Doncaster Sheffield Airport; Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jersey, Newquay, Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

“There is a clear message in this that local people want to fly from their local airport and not have to trek to Heathrow or across the Pennines in needless car or train journeys. Thanks to the new motorway link road, journey times between the airport and Sheffield will be reduced to 25 minutes and some 15-20 minutes will be knocked off most journeys.

“Regional airports are vital to the economic prosperity of city regions and we welcome Flybe’s massive investment into the Sheffield City Region, wider Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire regions.”


Today’s news means that Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be experiencing double-digit growth in 2016 with the additional seats and growth from other incumbent carriers expected to take passenger figures from 900,000 in 2015 to 1.35 million in 2016.

These new routes will connect businesses in the Sheffield City Region to three of the six largest economies in Europe (Germany, France and The Netherlands) with all three markets in the top four trade partners that Yorkshire has.

Martin McKervey, private sector board member of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “The LEP have firmly recognised the importance of Doncaster Sheffield Airport as a strategic asset to the city region within our growth plan.
“Along with the local authorities and private sector partners including the Peel Group, the LEP have fought and won the case for FARRR’s / The Gateway to the Sheffield City Region Project and are now just a few months away from seeing that project complete.


“It is fantastic to see the growth of services to places such as Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris along with ability to connect globally means that in Doncaster Sheffield we have an airport that is firmly delivering on its potential.”

Phil Delaney, sales and distribution director, for Flybe added, “We’re excited to confirm our new schedule from Doncaster Sheffield Airport today. We are confident we have created a schedule that delivers attractive travel options that are both appealing and affordable for Summer 2016 as well as providing opportunities for onward global connections.

“Flybe prides itself on offering great value fares and a convenient, fast, reliable service to some very popular destinations. We look forward to our expanded operations taking off from Yorkshire and to welcoming all our new passengers on board next March.”

ROUTE FREQUENCY FARES start from Start Date
Amsterdam Daily £29.99 27th March
Alicante 3 x weekly (Tues, Thurs, Sun) £49.99 29th March
Berlin 4 x weekly (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) £37.99 28th March
Faro 2 x weekly (Thu, Sat) £44.99 31st March
Jersey Daily £39.99 27th March
Malaga 3 x weekly (Mon, Wed, Sat) £49.99 28th March
Newquay 3 x weekly (Tues, Thurs, Sat) £29.99 29th March
Paris 13x weekly – double daily Mon – Fri and Sunday, single daily Saturday £34.99 27th March.

Tickets are available for booking now at with one way fares from £29.99 (including taxes and charges) and currently available for travel from 27th March through to 30th September 2016.

For further information on Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit


This becomes Yorkshire’s only double daily service to Paris and makes onward connections possible. A codeshare application will be made to Air France with a view to enabling through-ticketing connecting Doncaster Sheffield Airport with the Paris, Charles de Gaulle HUB, and facilitating seamless connections onto Air Frances’ extensive route network, which features 1,500 daily departures to 191 Destinations worldwide. Flybe will also seek agreements with other prestigious national airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Cathay Pacific to offer simple global connections, one stop from the Sheffield City Region.

Air France is part of the Air France-KLM Company and a founding member of the SkyTeam Alliance, operating to 191 destinations worldwide with its modern fleet of 350 aircraft.

Now in its 15th anniversary year, SkyTeam is the global airline alliance with 20 member airlines working together to offer seamless travel on an extensive global network. From top hubs around the world, SkyTeam members provide reliable and comfortable journeys to over 1,050 destinations. SkyTeam customers can unwind in 636 lounges as they travel, earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles.

SkyTeam Elite Plus customers are eligible for SkyPriority services. The 20members are: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. SkyTeam welcomes 612 million customers each year on more than16,270 daily flights to 1,057 destinations in 179 countries.

Will provides a daily connection to Amsterdam Schiphol which is one of Europe’s largest hub airports for business and leisure passengers.

This becomes Yorkshire only scheduled service to Berlin which will be extremely popular with business and leisure travellers.

Jersey is a tremendously popular destination and we’re delighted that Flybe have increased their services from weekly to daily for next summer.

With road journeys of around six hours and rail journeys taking even longer, we expect this to be a popular destination from DSA as it becomes the only service to Cornwall from Yorkshire, making Flybe much faster than road or rail.

Malaga, Alicante and Faro
All are popular leisure sun destinations, with strong demand for seat-only fares.

Summer 2016 Flight Schedule out now - see 'At The Airport' page above.

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FODSA Air Ambulance Fundraisers Receive Recognition:

The 22nd October 2015 was a key date in the Yorkshire Air Ambulance calendar, as it marked this year’s annual Yorkshire Air Ambulance awards night.

This years event took place at Aspire Premier Events Venue in the heart of Leeds.

The evening consisted of a drinks reception, followed by a 3 course meal and finishes with the Recognition Awards Ceremony. The evening, as always, is organised to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of the charity’s volunteers, fundraisers, corporate sponsors and local media organisations who have helped raise awareness and funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


                                                          Andrew Bosmans FODSA, right, receiving the award from Malcolm Harding from KPMG who sponsored that award category. 

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been the chosen charity of FODSA for a number of years now, and members raise funds at different functions throughout the year whilst supporting and promoting Robin Hood Airport.

Mr. Andrew Bosmans, chairman of FODSA, attended this year's Awards Night to receive the Recognition Award on behalf of everyone at FODSA who devoted time and effort to raise money for this worthy cause.

Andrew stated that he was so pleased to accept the award and to be able to take it back to the FODSA office at the airport where it would take pride of place.

Other fundraisers, volunteers and supporters from across North Yorkshire were also recognised during the evening.


'The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent Charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. We fly 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.

To keep providing this life saving service the Charity needs to raise £12,000 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 this generosity, we would not be able to provide the service that we are so proud of'.

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Peel Pledges Strong Support For The Northern Powerhouse:

The Peel Group have announced its strong support for the Northern Powerhouse and urged public and private sector partners to work together to deliver the shared ambition for rebalancing the UK economy through significant growth in the North.

Peel has identified 150 projects across its investment portfolio, which sit within the Northern Powerhouse and today launched a consultative document ‘Peel in the Northern Powerhouse’, which encourages a fresh dialogue between business, Government and other Northern-based partners.

The Peel Group is one of the UK’s foremost privately-owned investment enterprises, embracing a broad range of sectors - land and property; transport and logistics; retail and leisure; energy and media.

Its investment portfolio across the North includes Manchester’s MediaCityUK and the Port of Liverpool, as well as Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Peel has invested over £150 million to develop Doncaster Sheffield with a further £12 million contribution towards an infrastructure project to build a new link road to the airport. Robin Hood is the fastest growing airport outside London.*

John Whittaker, Chairman of The Peel Group, has written to both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlining the Group’s strategy: “We have a long-term vision for our investments and believe that coupled with the Government’s growth policies and direct investment in infrastructure and skills, our investments can make an important contribution to the aims of the Northern Powerhouse.”

Peel has a proven track record in pioneering regeneration in the North over the past 25 years, with total investments of over £5 billion, supporting 70,000 jobs. There is an additional commitment of £1 billion of investment underway, in partnership with others.

John Whittaker added: “We believe that the Government is making great strides in facilitating a new approach to Northern growth. However, it is clear that more needs to be done to give the private sector the confidence and ability to deliver in the North, across a range of issues such as transport and logistics, communities, energy and resources. We very much look forward to working alongside our many partners, local authorities and the Government to help deliver the Northern Powerhouse.”

Peel is planning to publish an investment prospectus in early 2016, setting out in more detail the contribution that Peel and its partners can make to the North.

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*Peel’s investment in Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield

The Peel Group has invested over £150 million to develop the airport with a further £12 million contribution towards an infrastructure project to build a new link road to the airport. The FARRRS link road is a £56 million road infrastructure project backed by public and private sector funding to transform the airport’s catchment area bringing another half a million people within a 30-minute drive of the airport and a further one million inside an hour.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport celebrated its tenth anniversary this year by reporting a return to growth in both passenger figures and cargo throughput. Official figures show a 13.8% per cent rise in passengers over the last twelve months to July 2015, making it the fastest growing airport outside London.

This year has also seen Aer Lingus added to the airport’s portfolio with five-times-a-week flights to Dublin and onward connectivity offered to America and Canada.

The airport has the capacity and capability of delivering global connectivity to the Sheffield City Region and is working closely on key strategic partnerships which will help to make that ambition a reality. 
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Flying High In Which Survey:

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is flying high as influential consumer group Which? magazine’s members name it as the best small airport in the North.
The Yorkshire Airport, which scores highly on queues at security, seating and baggage reclaim, scored 84 percent overall and took the second place spot in the survey coming in just behind London Southend who scored just two percent higher.

The 'Best and Worst UK Airports' carried out by 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.

The final standings were revealed after 11,266 Which? members shared their experiences of the UK's airports with the group's magazine.
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 in the north of England in the rankings of 15 small gateway terminals followed by London City Airport.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, says: “We are delighted to continue to score highly on these annual surveys.
“Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us and 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, with a growing customer base, expansion of existing routes and new destinations, and this is down to listening to our customers and taking their feedback seriously.

“The results of these surveys are a good pointer to show that we are doing things right and or returning customers and regular repeat business are a true indicator that our expected high levels of customer service are being achieved.”
In the larger airport category that surveyed 20 gateway terminals, classed as those handling at least four million passengers a year, Newcastle ranked highest with a customer satisfaction rating of 66%.
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Airport Sets Out The Case For English Policy On Airport Passenger Duty:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is calling for a national policy on airport passenger duty (APD) across all English airports in a letter to the Chancellor.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport states that no English airport should be disadvantaged in the event of reduced APD under devolved powers to Scotland and Wales. It adds that any reduction should be matched immediately at all English airports.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “APD has long been a source of contention for all regional airports and we are calling for a national policy for APD in England to be put in place. It is crucial that any reduction in Scotland or Wales is matched to ensure consumers in England do not pay more.
“We are also calling for more work to look at the benefits of varied rates of APD nationally, with passengers at most congested airports paying more and those at the least congested paying less or nothing.

“This option would undoubtedly support and stimulate traffic growth at smaller airports, delivering significant benefits to local economies and improve connectivity nationally.

“What is also clear is that further consideration needs to be given to how to offer more support to regional airports."

The letter, in response to the Discussion Paper on Options for APD at English Regional Airports, highlights the significant impact APD has on regional airports and the region’s they serve.

“The APD bill for passengers using Doncaster Sheffield Airport this financial year is predicted to be £5.5m. Across the wider Sheffield City Region, it is estimated that the APD burden on business journeys alone with origin in our region is around £11m per annum, this is money that could be better spent in the local economy.

“Scrapping APD - which is added by the government to the cost of air fares – would significantly improve our ability to attract new routes and would bring the UK into line with other countries with lower tax on the cost of an airline ticket.

"APD hits the UK’s competitiveness and abolishing this flight tax would mean that passengers would benefit from reduced air fares, generating more traffic and boosting the regional economy.

“We believe this discussion paper offers an excellent opportunity to consider the role of regional airports within the national context but more importantly, the local context. The starting point is not necessarily the airport, but the importance of connectivity to the local economy and the resulting local and national economic benefit.

“At Doncaster Sheffield, we are again delivering growth, growth that is greater than that of the national average, despite the many economic and legislative challenges that face regional airports.

“Having invested over £150m to create a fantastic airport facility for our region along with the further investment in the new FARRR’s Link Road due to open in January 2016, we’re working hard to ensure we deliver the routes that the people and businesses of the Sheffield City Region need.

“We urge the Chancellor to take this opportunity to deliver effective reform to Air Passenger Duty in England in order to ensure that regional airports are able to grow connectivity where it is needed the most; delivering tangible economic benefits in the regions they serve,” concluded Steve. 
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Sees Cargo Increase:

The Airport has smashed its cargo throughput for 2014 in the first six months of 2015.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport has transported more cargo in the period from January to June 2015 than it did in throughout the whole of 2014.
The figures, which represent the tonnage of consignments in and out of the airport, show that growth in this area is going from strength to strength.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, through operator Anglo World Cargo, has managed consignments across the globe during the six-month period, including Nepal, Kenya, Venezuela, USA and key European destinations such as Greece and France.
Dayle Hauxwell, Cargo Manager at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are all delighted to have surpassed the amount of cargo transported in 2014 in just half a year.
“The growth of the business in recent months has been excellent and is continued evidence that the Airport and its cargo terminal is enhancing its reputation around the world for hassle free cargo operations.
“The amount of freight being transported has and continues to increase significantly and this can only be positive news for the Airport and the regional economy.”
Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, added: “It is clear that more and more companies and cargo operators are looking at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to distribute their products around the world.
“It’s great to see the work being put in by the Airport coming to fruition with these latest figures.
“We are all celebrating this fantastic news, but very focussed on delivering further growth in the months ahead”
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 2,893m runway, means through Anglo World Cargo, it 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.
For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Boston Route Linked To Historic Milestone:

The recent launch of Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s route to Boston has coincided with the 395-year anniversary of the historic Pilgrim Father’s very own transatlantic journey.

The Pilgrim Fathers, who were the early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present day Plymouth, Massachusetts, just 40 miles south of Boston, arrived in America in November 1620 after 65 days of travelling on board the Mayflower.

Three leading figures of the group, William Bradford, John Carver and William Brewster, who were all instrumental in organising the voyage, originated from the surrounding areas of the Airport.

Now Doncaster Sheffield Airport have launched a new route with Aer Lingus Regional, which flies five times per week between Doncaster and Dublin with connecting transatlantic flights to Boston, New York, Chicago and Toronto.

The launch of the route falls on the 395th anniversary of the historic voyage, and the Airport’s links to the Pilgrim Fathers runs deep, with the airport being located just one mile from the birthplace of William Bradford and on the southern edge of Doncaster where John Carver originated.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is also located just three miles from Scrooby, where the Pilgrim Fathers, who were originally known as the Scrooby Separatists, gathered. Just 11 miles from the Airport sits All Saints’ Church in Babworth, where early separatist ideas were inspired by another Pilgrim Father, Richard Clyfton.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “It was great news for the region when we announced the new transatlantic routes to Boston, New York, Chicago and Toronto. The arrival of these routes becomes even more poignant when you consider the area’s heritage and historical links to the Pilgrim Fathers. It’s remarkable to think that it was almost 400 years ago since these brave men overcame adversity to make the transatlantic journey to America.”

For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which offers flights to over 30 destinations and is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, visit  

On Tuesday 28th April 2015 Robin Hood Airport celebrated it's 10th Anniversary - so what is in a name:


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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Is Officially The Fastest Growing In The North:

The Airport, fresh from celebrating its tenth birthday, now has a new reason to celebrate as official figures show a 9.1 percent rise in passengers over the last twelve months, to March 2015 making it the fastest growing airport in the North of England.

Recent figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that passenger numbers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport are up putting them as the fifth fastest growing airport in the UK.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “Doncaster Sheffield Airport has recently celebrated its 10th birthday and we are pleased to be following up those celebrations with this fantastic news regarding passenger growth. “This is great news and the figures also show that for the first quarter of 2015 our passenger figures were up by 30 percent.
“We are pleased to see this growth and our team is working to ensure that we have even more airlines and routes on board to bring more passenger traffic through the airport.”

A total of nine new routes have been introduced Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the past 12 months including Bucharest, Riga, Zante and Dublin with onwards transatlantic connectivity to New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “New routes to Zante, Kosice and Lubin all start this year as well as our recently launched Aer Lingus route to Dublin which offers onward connectivity to America and Canada. “Looking ahead we are forecasting further strong growth over the next 12 months and have already announced two new routes to Heraklion and Larnaca for 2016 when passengers can enjoy the convenience of the new motorway link road cutting journey times to the airport by 15 minutes.
“The FARRRS link road is a £56 million road infrastructure project backed by public and private sector funding to transform the airports catchment area bringing another half a million people within a 30 minute drive of the airport.”

Cargo numbers for Doncaster Sheffield Airport are also up by 149 percent in the financial year as the airport continues to establish itself as one of the UK’s most freighter friendly airports.

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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

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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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