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Find FODSA on the Airport Website here.

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Airlines, Tour Operators and Destinations from Robin Hood Airport here.

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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 MARCH 2015 out now. March at 48,677 is 30.4% up on last year. Latest Route News Update:   Updated full Summer Schedule 2015 - see 'At The Airport' above. Winter 2015/16, Including latest news from Linksair and Wizzair - see 'Stats And Stuff' above. Also out now,  Thomson/First Choice Summer 2016  - see 'Stats & Stuff'

INTERESTING MOVEMENTS for MARCH 2015 by Clive Featherstone. Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport during one of the busiest March's we have seen. 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  April/May 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

Listen out for live broadcasts on the Radio next week.

Thomson/First Choice Summer 2016 - see 'Stats & Stuff'

More Great News - March passenger figures at 48,677 is 30.4% up on last year.

Watch the AN124 video here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApKFRDwn17A   -  Look out for more Antonov action soon.

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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On 28th April Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Will Be 10 Years Old.

It will be double celebrations as both the Airport and FODSA celebrate their 10th year.
Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (FODSA) was established in 2005 by a small group of people who had previously been part of ‘FLY’ Finningley (Finningley locals say YES). The ‘FLY’ group was formed in 1998 by likeminded people who agreed that it was in the best interests of South Yorkshire and the surrounding districts for the old Finningley RAF base to be turned into an international airport. The group gave support to the planning application, actively collecting many thousands of letters of support for the development. People from the ‘FLY’ group also gave evidence at the Public Inquiry and indeed received praise, for the quality of their evidence, from counsel representing both those for and against the development.
Since we have been established FODSA have supported and promoted the Airport at each and every opportunity, hopefully enhancing its development along the way. Our volunteers have assisted the Airport on many occasions, from the Escorting of Guests and Visitors to Snow Clearing, from assisting with the Lourdes Pilgrimage Flight to the present day Ambassador Role. We have assisted the Directions Academy and Vulcantothesky Trust over the years with some of their many functions , and we have also raised many thousands of pounds for charity.
Last year we saw a 112% rise in the cargo being handled, witnessed a significant growth in passenger numbers over the last 12 months, and have seen passenger figures soar for the first 3 months of this year. Thomson and Wizzair continue to add more destinations, and with the FARRRS road well under way for completion, the new Enterprise Zone in place and backing from the City Region Business Leaders and Private Sector, the future is looking bright.

Our relationship with the airport is built on trust, honesty and integrity, we have a representative that sits on the Airport Consultative Committee and one that sits on the Airport Emergency Planning Committee. The FODSA volunteers commitment and enthusiasm is second to none.; we here at FODSA will continue with our support and assistance well into the future. We wish Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield all the success for the exciting times ahead.
What a great 10th Anniversary it's going to be - listen out for the Airport and FODSA on the radio next week.

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Thomson Announces Flight Expansion At The Airport:

                                    

Thomson and First Choice increase capacity from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and introduce two new routes.
Thomson and First Choice will be increasing capacity at Doncaster Sheffield Airport through the introduction of two new routes during summer 2016, which will go on sale on 23rd April 2015.
The international airport, which will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this month, will offer once-a-week flights to Heraklion, Crete and Larnaca, Cyprus from May 2016. These two new routes for Thomson from South Yorkshire take the total amount of destinations provided by the holiday company from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to 20.
Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, added:
“Adding more capacity from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the introduction of new Crete and Cyprus routes demonstrates our commitment to the airport and our customers in South Yorkshire and the local area. Following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there.
“With the on-going work on the new road which will firmly place Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield at the heart of the city region, our customers will gain even easier access to the airport allowing them to take advantage of our new routes for next summer. After visiting the site last year, I was excited to see the progress made to the road and hear about how it will improve the holiday experience for our customers right from the moment they begin their journey to the airport.
Steve Gill, Managing Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This is fantastic news for our customers who are always looking for new routes to reach new destinations from our Yorkshire base.
“This announcement comes in our 10th birthday month and is a result of our strong relationship with Thomson and First Choice.
“These two new routes now make it a perfect 10 for us as we’ve added 10 new routes in the past 12 months.”
 
 

On Tuesday 28th April 2015 the Airport will be Celebrating it's 10th Anniversary - so what is in a name:

                                           

Aviation Team Grows At The Airport:

Bosses at RHADS said new appointments in its Aviation Development Department will strengthen efforts to grow passenger numbers and continue to develop airline relationships.

Joining the team at Doncaster Sheffield Airport as aviation development manager is Declan Maguire who will have responsibility for both the Yorkshire base and Durham Tees Valley with a remit to work with both new and existing airlines.

                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                      Declan Maguire - RHADS Aviation Development Manager.

He joins Peel Airports from the leading aviation events and online company Routes where he held the post of airline and industry relations manager, responsible for European airline relations. Before joining Routes in 2012, Mr Maguire, who holds a BSc degree in Aviation Management, worked for both Virgin Atlantic and TUI Travel.

He said: "It’s a pleasure to join a team dedicated to the development of Doncaster Sheffield and Durham Tees Valley Airports. I look forward to becoming familiar with the communities they serve, promoting new route opportunities and developing relationships with airline operators.”

Other appointments include Tom Henshaw who moves from Aviation Analyst to become Aviation Development Executive with responsibilities to support passenger development efforts and deliver growth in the General and Business sectors.

Dayle Hauxwell, Cargo Manager and Amira El Khrouf, Cargo Development Executive continue lead the effort to drive Cargo growth at the airport.

Leading the team with overall responsibility for passenger, cargo and general/business aviation at both airports is Chris Harcombe, who has been head of aviation development with Peel Airports since 2013 and has been at the forefront of route development and engaging with airlines.
He said: “We’re delighted to have Declan joining us from one of the industry’s most influential companies and bringing a wide range of airline contacts.

“Tom Henshaw’s enhanced role is also an important step forward in delivering our broader aviation strategy.

“Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be celebrating its 10th birthday this month (April) and we’ve added eight new routes from the airport in the past twelve months and doubled Cargo throughput. The new team will be dedicated to delivering further growth and helping the airport to achieve its true potential.”

Wizz Air Announces 10th Route From South Yorkshire:

Doncaster Sheffield Airport are celebrating their tenth birthday this month (April) with the news that Wizz Air are adding a new route making it ten destinations on the ultra-low-cost carrier from the airport.

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe*, today announced that it will open its 21st base in Lublin (Poland) with one new Airbus A320 later this year.
The new three times weekly flights from Doncaster to Lublin will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from September 15 with lead in fares £15.49 one way.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “This is fantastic news and a great way to start our 10th birthday celebrations.“We are delighted that Wizz are further expanding their offering to Yorkshire passengers with this new route.”

                                                                             

Lublin is the largest Polish city east of the Vistula River and was recently a candidate for the title of 2016 European Capital of Culture.
The city has been called the ‘Gate to the East’ and is referred to by some tourists as ‘little Krakow’. Lublin has historic architecture and a unique ambiance, especially in the Old Town.
With many theatres and museums and a professional orchestra, the Lublin Philharmonic, the old buildings and ruins, create magic and unique atmosphere. Lublin’s Old Town has cobbled streets and traditional architecture.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is Wizz Air’s second largest UK base and the only one in Yorkshire. Currently, the airport operates a total of 33 Wizz Air flights per week to eight destinations including Bucharest in Romania, and Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland.
A new route to Kosice was announced earlier this year and Lublin will become Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s tenth Wizz Air route, following Riga and Bucharest launching in 2014.

“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. “Our relationship with Wizz goes from strength to strength and we look forward to working with them to provide an even wider range of locations for people to visit,” added Steve.

Daniel de Carvalho, spokesman for Wizz Air, added: "This new route to Lublin further underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Yorkshire region. “We hope that the new route will be an attractive option for people in Yorkshire to access a beautiful city.”

 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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Ready For Take Off - Doncaster Sheffield Airport's Enterprise Zone:

Engineering and aerospace companies are top of the list for relocation to Doncaster's designated Enterprise Zone.
The 10 hectare Enterprise Zone, based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, will help attract new business and inward investment into Doncaster, offering further incentives for investors and companies to choose the town as a business destination.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: "We are working closely with Doncaster Council's inward investment team and the Sheffield City Region investment team to promote the town and the Enterprise Zone as a place to do business.
"The teams are working with engineering and aerospace companies to showcase the benefits of relocation to Doncaster."
The Enterprise Zone, based at the airport provides a great opportunity to deliver new jobs and economic growth in Doncaster. It will transform the south of Doncaster and be the catalyst for growth across the borough and the Sheffield City Region.
"Along with major infrastructure projects like the transformational FARRRS motorway link road, the Enterprise Zone will help the airport to grow and entice new industry and jobs to the area.
"Working closely with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership we aim to exploit all opportunities to develop the Enterprise Zone to build a strong and diverse local and regional economy.
"The airport is a magnet for inward investment; and FARRRS together with the new Enterprise Zone will enhance Doncaster's logistics capacity and expertise and help the local economy to flourish,” added Steve.

The Enterprise Zone status means 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 new infrastructure investment that is already going into the area.

Chris Dungworth, investment manager for Business Doncaster, said: "We are currently seeing a lot of interest in Doncaster as an investment location.
“Projects such as the CREATE HS2 rail college and the iPort at Rossington have significantly raised our national profile. Having an enterprise zone at the Airport really enhances our offer to investors looking for new sites and premises. It provides an incentive to businesses to locate on one of the city regions most prestigious business parks and helps up compete with larger cities for new investment and jobs.”

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Second phase of £10m Doncaster office scheme gets underway:

Construction has started on the second phase of Prospect Property Group’s £10m office scheme at Doncaster International Business Park, after the first phase of the scheme generated an unprecedented number of enquiries from potential tenants and investors.

Phase two of the development will see main contractor Henry Boot Construction build a further nine ‘workpod’ office units of 1,450 sq ft and 1,600 sq ft, in two, three and four-unit blocks at the site located adjacent to Robin Hood Airport. The initial phase of 13 units is due for completion in June, while phase two will be completed this September.

In total, Fountain Court will cover 62,000 sq ft and is expected to create more than 130 jobs, providing environmentally sustainable office accommodation for 134 staff. The project is part-financed by the European Union and the second phase has attracted a further £1m from the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF programme 2007-13 bringing total EU funding for the scheme to £2.49m.

Jonathan Raistrick, projects director at Prospect Property Group, said: “We expected to see plenty of interest in Fountain Court but the response really has been phenomenal, with more than half of phase one sold in only a few weeks.” He added: “Prospective tenants and investors have been quick to see the attraction of the workpods. The scheme not only offers high-spec office accommodation right next to the airport, with easy access to the new FARRRS link road and upgraded rail links, but the office units are also being constructed to the highest environmental standards. Incredibly low running costs stand to make Fountain Court the most energy efficient office development in the region.”

Previously owned by the Ministry of Defence, the business park site was home to RAF Finningley’s parade ground and barracks before the air base was closed and redeveloped as Robin Hood Airport in 2005. 

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Sheffield City Region's Multimodal Connectivity To Be Showcased Nationally:

Logistics Hub UK will showcase the Sheffield City Region’s assets nationally at the prestigious Multimodal Exhibition in April with plans to develop the logistics sector and attract new investors to the area.

Logistics Hub UK is the sector group established to promote the region’s logistics offering to a national audience and with 12 million acres available for development across the Sheffield City Region there is a strong message to share at the UK and Ireland's leading freight transport and logistics exhibition.

The exhibition, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham from April 28 – April 30, will see thousands of business leaders from across the country attending to discuss future supply chain and transportation partnerships.

Steve Gill, chair of Logistics Hub UK and managing director of Yorkshire’s, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “Through good partnership working our message is a strong one. The Sheffield City Region is well connected by air, sea, land and rail; it is well established as a central UK location for major logistics and distribution operations including Amazon, B&Q. M&S, Next, Ikea and DHL.
“Through on-going multi-million pound investments in road infrastructure, rail-freight terminals and the UK's newest airport (Doncaster Sheffield Airport), the City Region is now emerging as the UK's central, multimodal hub location for logistics and distribution companies.
“The expansion of the Enterprise Zone status and the major infrastructure projects all further endorse the Sheffield City Region as the North’s leading location for logistics,” said Steve.
With the anticipated opening of the FARRRS M18-Doncaster Sheffield Airport link road nearing in January 2016, the £58m infrastructure investment scheme will provide fast connection between the UK motorway network and the city regions airport alongside delivering vastly increased accessibility for business.
Gareth Morgan, business development manager for the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “Logistics Hub UK builds on these foundations and has created a platform for investors to access development opportunities, available property, training as well as all the benefits of locating in the region.

“The City Region includes the towns and districts of Doncaster, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover and Rotherham.”

Logistics Hub UK is an innovative partnership of private-sector companies leading the public sector to promote the region’s capabilities. The partners are committed to the growth and development of the logistics, distribution and warehousing across the Sheffield City Region.

The partnership works together to showcase the availability of sites, workforce demographics in the Sheffield City Region, while promoting the area’s connectivity and multimodal capabilities.
Recent planning granted on Verdion’s iPort development, the £400m Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) in Doncaster, is another clear indication that the region is moving in the right direction.
“Multimodal is a great opportunity for us to showcase the competitive advantages of the region as a place to invest and highlight property and infrastructure developments, as well as key successes, to promote the city region’s capabilities nationally.

Verdion received Reserved Matters Approval for Phase One of iPort in February this year, paving the way for the first 3 million sq ft (278,700 sq m) of logistics development, which includes an integrated 35-acre rail freight terminal.

John Clements, European Development Director at Verdion, comments: “We are moving ever closer towards delivering one of the largest logistics schemes in the UK. Together with our funding partners HOOPP and with continued support from Doncaster MBC and other stakeholders, we are pushing forward with this strategic site, located in the UK’s logistics hub.”

Located on a 337-acre site, linked by the news FARRRS road to Junction 3 of the M18 and, in 2016, to the Doncaster Sheffield International Airport, iPort will provide 6 million sq ft of high-quality logistics accommodation with units ranging from 100,000 to 1.2 million sq ft.

Selected by leading companies including, M&S, Amazon, Tesco, Walmart, IKEA, Next and B&Q for national and regional distribution centres, the Sheffield City Region provides the ideal combination of fast access to UK and international markets, available sites, a low cost base, close port proximity and a work-ready, highly motivated logistics workforce.

Sheffield City Region’s Logistics Hub will be in The Air Cargo Pavilion, stand 223 at Multimodal Exhibition within the NEC. For more information visit www.logisticshubuk.com
  

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More Fantastic News From the Airport:

Aer Lingus Regional will be flying from Doncaster to Dublin five times a week from May 29... But that's not all!

Passengers will also be able to fly transatlantic to New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto via Dublin thanks to Aer Lingus Regional.

The airport has today (5 March 2015) announced that Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, will be flying five times a week between Doncaster and Dublin and beyond!

The new route from Doncaster Sheffield Airport means that passengers can save hours off journey time to North America travelling via transatlantic Dublin hub.
The flights, which will start on May 29, provide connections to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services to New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.

Dublin Airport offers U.S.-bound passengers immigration and customs preclearance services so there are no border checks upon arrival in the United States.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This is fantastic news and we are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus Regional to Doncaster.
“The new route not only gives passengers a much needed route to Dublin but provides the transatlantic links to New York, Boston, Chicago and Boston.
“This is a huge positive for Yorkshire passengers and is great pre birthday news ahead of our 10th anniversary celebrations next month.”
The new route will operate five times weekly and lead in fares to Dublin are from £24.99 each way including taxes and charges. Flights are available now for booking at aerlingus.com.
Speaking at the announcement at Doncaster Sheffield Airport today, Mr Peter O’Mara, Business Development Director said that the new route to Dublin represents a convenient, accessible and value for money choice to visit Ireland’s capital city.

Mr O’Mara said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Doncaster Sheffield to Dublin route today. This new route will offer further choice for UK passengers visiting Dublin and for Irish passengers to travel to South Yorkshire. ‘

‘As one of Ireland’s most vibrant and cultural cities, Dublin has much to offer for a mid-week or weekend getaway and for a family trip away. We have timed the flight launch to coincide with the May bank holiday weekend which will see many activities planned in the city.

‘Along with a direct flight to Dublin, passengers can seamlessly connect to Aer Lingus’ mainline services to the US and Canada, through Dublin. This will save hours of travel time and queueing in US airports by availing of US Customs and border preclearance facilities in Dublin Airport prior to boarding.

‘We look forward to working with Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield in launching and developing this route for our customers from the 29 May,’ Mr O’Mara concluded.

Stobart Air operate Aer Lingus Regional under a franchise agreement with Aer Lingus until 2022.

Flights from €24.99 now available on www.aerlingus.com 

Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays 29May to 23October:
Airport Departure time -  Airport Arrival time
Dublin 09:15 - Doncaster Sheffield 10:25
Doncaster Sheffield 10:50 -  Dublin 12:05

Thursdays & Sundays 31May to 22October:
Airport Departure time - Airport Arrival time
Dublin 13:15 -  Doncaster Sheffield 14:20
Doncaster Sheffield 14:45 -  Dublin 15:55 

 
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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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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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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
 
 
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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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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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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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