Voted The UK's Best Airport 2014/Best Small Airport In The North 2015
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'Over 9 million passengers have now flown from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield'.
KEN'S MONTHLY NOTES: APRIL PAX @ 93,921 is 68.7% 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'
GREAT FEATURE complied by our very own stats man Ken Bardell: Ken will produce and post a monthly Flight Schedule for 2016, presented a month in advance. You can find the July/August 2016 Flight Schedule - Summer 2016 Flight Schedule - Thomson Winter 2016/17 UPDATED 31st March - now on 'At the Airport' section above
INTERESTING MOVEMENTS JUNE 2016 by Clive Featherstone - 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'
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. Last updated January 2014.
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Well done the GJD AeroTech team. The first sight of the two together. www.vulcantothesky.org
Canberra WK163 back in one piece again in front of her new home. More in the VulcantotheSkyTrust @vulcantothesky newsletter tomorrow.
Record passenger numbers soar as Doncaster Sheffield Airport sees busiest April and May: https://bdaily.co.uk/industrials/22-06-2016/record-passenger-numbers-soar-as-doncaster-sheffield-airport-sees-busiest-april-and-may/
Hummingbird Helis - helicopter flight school, are opening in July. Proud to be hangared next to XH558.
Wizzair - New Route:
DSA to Sofia starts 23rd December twice weekly.
Changes To The Bus Services For Doncaster Sheffield Airport:
Please note that there are changes to the bus services to the Airport and these changes will be happening on the 15th May 2016.
The First 91 will no longer operate and has been replaced in an evening by the First 57a.
There will be a dedicated team in and around Doncaster Interchange to advertise the changes from Monday 9th May 2016 – Friday 20th May 2016.
Changes and updates can be viewed via @TravelSYorks or http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/DBP/
The New Meet & Greet Car Park Now Open - right alongside the Airport Terminal. To book please visit www.meetandgreet.direct
New Summer Routes and Cruise Boost For Doncaster Sheffield Airport:
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is adding two new summer routes to Croatia and Bulgaria as part of TUI’s 2017 summer programme which goes on sale today (April 21).
Dubrovnik in Croatia and Bourgas in Bulgaria will be added to the current TUI roster giving an extra 11,000 departing seats. The addition of Dubrovnik means that the airport now serves all of TUI’s short haul cruise destinations, perfect for passengers who want to combine a cruise with a longer destination stay.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted that TUI have added these new routes and with so many extra seats for summer 2017.
“Both destinations complement TUI’s existing leisure routes with us giving great choice for people to fly locally for their summer break.
“This will mark TUI’s third consecutive year of growth and reflects our work with our incumbent airlines to identity growth areas for the benefit of our passengers.”
Dubrovnik can lay claim to being one of the most magnificent walled cities in the world, a designated UNESCO heritage site with pristine sea views and elegant beaches. Bourgas offers the route to the best swathes of beaches Bulgaria’s coastline has to offer.
The new routes will supplement TUI’s extensive range of destinations across Spain, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal plus offer greater flexibility to travellers on its Dalaman, Turkey route.
Thanks to the recent opening of Great Yorkshire Way, the new £56m link road to the airport at junction 3 of the M18 passengers are travelling to the airport from further afield, with 6.2million people now within an hour’s drive of departing on their summer breaks.
Passengers heading to Bulgaria and Dubrovnik will be able to make the most of Thomson and First Choice vast range of holiday products including Thomson Platinum hotels and villas suitable for families, Sensimar adult only hotels and First Choice’s Suneo Club products.
The cruise itineraries from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with TUI include trips on the Thomson Celebration, the TUI Discovery which is a brand new ship launching this Summer, Thomson Majesty, Thomson Spirit – an adult only ship and the Thomson Dream.
For further information or to book holidays with TUI to these new destinations visit www.robinhoodairport.com
Departure Lounge now fully open - see 'Gallery'
The new Premium Lounge at the Airport is now open:
Business and leisure passengers flying from Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport, can now do so in even more comfort thanks to a new Premium Lounge, which has officially opened.
The Premium Lounge will provide travellers with a dedicated space to unwind before their flight or work in a relaxed setting. New jobs have been created through a dedicated team recruited to look after guests during their time in the lounge.
Ian Smith, commercial manager, from Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted to be taking bookings for our new Premium Lounge, the latest in a number of developments in the terminal. The new lounge is thanks to recent growth at the airport which will see an extra 40 plus flights take off per week with the new Flybe routes.
“Premium Lounge passengers will be able to enjoy a range of complimentary hot, soft and alcoholic drinks plus a range of hot and cold snacks. Importantly for travellers we will also be offering unlimited superfast WiFi.
“The Premium Lounge can be booked by any passenger travelling from the airport and members of Priority Pass, Lounge Pass and Dragon Pass are all welcome to use the lounge.”
Passengers can check in to the Lounge up to three hours prior to their flight departure. It will be available from 4.30am until 9pm Monday to Friday and 5am until 9pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Premium Lounge is now available for pre-bookings for passengers travelling from May 1 onwards. The Lounge is located directly above the main departure lounge and can be booked via www.robinhoodairport.com/at-the-airport/premium-lounge
Anglo World Cargo @angloworldcargo :
From Monday 11th April we'll be covering all DN & S postcodes for Airfreight collections & deliveries.
FARRRS link road open 4pm Monday 29th February: www.doncaster.gov.uk/farrrs
The World’s Your Oyster:
With over 40 destinations to fly to..... R u.......... www.robinhoodairport.com/destinations/
New Winter Destinations Announced From Doncaster Sheffield Airport:
Passengers from Yorkshire wanting to hit the slopes can now do so as Chambery, the gateway to Alpine ski resorts, is the latest destination to be announced from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with Flybe.
Chambery in the Rhone-Alps region of south eastern France is the latest Flybe winter programme destination to be announced by the airport, starting from Saturday, December 17 2016.
Given its proximity to Mont Blanc, Chambery offers Yorkshire winter sports enthusiasts’ easy access to some of the finest slopes and facilities the world has to offer.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to be adding a further destination to our Flybe winter programme in Chambery, coming swiftly on the back of announcing Dusseldorf to our new routes with Flybe.”
The announcement of this new route and Dusseldorf make it ten destinations available from Flybe’s new base in Yorkshire at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“The new Flybe routes will offer an additional 500,000 seats and with growth from our incumbent airlines, we are predicting double-digit growth in 2016 with passenger figures rising to 1.35 million this year,” added Steve.
Flights will start just in time for Christmas from December 17 2016, flying once a week on Saturdays going on sale from today (March 31) with one way fares available for booking at www.flybe.com from £44.99 including taxes and charges.
The new Dusseldorf service will fly four times a week with Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante and Malaga remaining unchanged for the winter with Berlin increasing to daily. Faro and Newquay will be replaced with the two new popular winter routes with capacity to Jersey reducing to three times weekly during winter.
“Being able to offer a winter sports destination as part of our winter programme is a great addition to our offer to customers alongside traditional getaway favourites like Alicante, Tenerife and Malaga,” said Steve.
Flybe’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder commented: “As Europe’s largest regional airline, we specialise in connecting the UK regions to Europe so we are pleased to add to our already extensive winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, these two additional routes to Dusseldorf and Chambery. We see them as a natural addition to our network from our new base and are confident that they will prove attractive options both for business travel and for winter getaways.”
Savoie Mont Blanc boasts some 17 areas, over 110 resorts and 4,800 km of slopes offering a range of holidays for all abilities. It includes the world famous Courchevel les Ménuires, Méribel and Val Thorens resorts which are just over 60 miles away from the airport. Chambery offers wider tourism options being next to Lake Bourget, offering breath taking views through many walking routes as well a historical and culturally focussed city centre. ©
Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to over 40 destinations. For more information, please visit www.robinhoodairport.com
Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s incumbent airlines continue to thrive with Wizz Air expanding its operations, its 2nd largest UK base in the UK with 11 destinations to Central and Eastern Europe, Cluj in Romania from July 2016 being the latest. Thomson Holidays Summer Programme has also expanded with Crete and Cyprus added to possible destinations alongside an increased frequency of Air Lingus flights to Ireland also offering a connecting route to the US. ©
Flybe Takes Off From Doncaster Sheffield Airport With Announcement Of A New Route To Dusseldorf:
Passengers from Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield have flown off to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Flybe’s inaugural flight from Doncaster, part of an eight new route deal, as the airline announces a new business route to Dusseldorf that will be available for booking from 31st March, 2016.
This morning’s (24th March) Embraer 195 jet aircraft set off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Paris emblazoned with eye-catching Welcome to Yorkshire livery. The aircraft will promote the Yorkshire region to potential tourists across Europe and the UK, as part of the new deal that recently saw Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe announced as the official airport and airline partner of the tourism agency respectively.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to see the first Flybe flight taking passengers to Paris this morning. Our new motorway link road, Great Yorkshire Way, opened just in time for the new influx of passengers, making journeys to the airport much quicker and bringing six million people to within an hour’s drive.”
The introduction of these new routes will see Flybe deliver the largest number of departures from the Yorkshire airport, offering some 42 extra flights per week meaning 500,000 extra new flight seats are available to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jersey, Newquay, Malaga, Alicante and Faro.
“We are also delighted to announce that today (24 March) Flybe has strengthened its commitment with a further new route and expansion of its Berlin services. New flights to Dusseldorf are set to commence for the winter season. Services to Berlin will also increase from four weekly to daily, due to unprecedented demand from the Sheffield City regions business community.
”Providing the Sheffield City Region with the business services it needs has long been an ambition and now that these services are here we must see the region voting with their feet and using them. Passenger demand to date has exceeded expectations. This is a phenomenal start but there is still much work to do,” added Steve.
Vincent Hodder, chief revenue officer, Flybe said “Today is a day we have been working towards for a long time with eight brand new routes starting over the next few days from a brand new base – and we are delighted to announce details of yet another new route with a service to Dusseldorf. We are confident we have created a schedule that delivers attractive travel options that are both appealing and affordable 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 welcoming all our new passengers on board.”
Sir Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “We are delighted to be able to work alongside Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe to take the Yorkshire brand to the skies across Europe. The new services to Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Berlin have the potential to bring an additional 65,000 international visitors to the region which can only be good news for the Yorkshire economy.
“I’m sure the aircraft livery will be a real winner with cycling fans and of course this is befitting of Le Tour de Yorkshire on 30th April which will see the second stage finish in Doncaster passing by the airport.”
Sir Nigel Knowles, chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “It is fantastic to see these new routes starting from our airport, increased international connectivity is key to driving economic growth for the Sheffield City Region. In particular having routes to some of the biggest airport hubs in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris will give businesses in our region better access to markets, boosting international trade from and into the City Region. I hope companies will embrace these new routes and spread the word about our City Region on their travels.”
The extra seats will see Doncaster Sheffield Airport experience 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.
Letter To The Yorkshire Post - Appeared 19th March.
For many years, the Leeds region has been served by Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA). However, the Yorkshire Post (Comment column February 27), asks: because of poor access and inclement weather, should LBA be relocated to the Vale of York? Alternatively, could Robin Hood Airport be “upgraded” to serve the entire region?
LBA is the highest airport in the country so is subject to bad weather and disruption. It is difficult to reach, with no motorways or mainline railways nearby. Finally, little room exists for expansion and the runway is too short for large aircraft with full payloads.
The “simple solution” to the airport’s problems proposed by Brian Dunsby (The Yorkshire Post, letters March 7), for a station on the Leeds to Harrogate rail line, then bussing passengers to the terminal, will not work. Much public money has been squandered on such schemes, only for passengers to shun the services in favour of car or taxi. Except for frequent long-distance trains, direct to airport terminals, car/taxi will remain the transport of choice for most people with luggage and deadlines to meet.
Building a new airport from scratch near York might be possible, but nothing there can compare with Robin Hood Doncaster-Sheffield Airport which already has a long runway, frequently visited by the world’s largest aircraft. So, why build a new airport when the fast expanding Robin Hood DSA exists only 30 miles to the south of York?
Could Robin Hood be “upgraded”? Yes, and it’s already happening. Routes and passengers are increasing due to the airport’s many attributes: a 3,000-metre runway at only 57 feet elevation; a modern terminal with built-in provision to extend; a new road linked by a five-minute drive to the M18, J3, bringing central Sheffield and other towns to within 30 minutes drive, with four other motorways joining the M18 to bring the airport to within easy reach of the whole region east of the Pennines. The Doncaster-Lincoln railway runs alongside DSA’s boundary and the East Coast main line, serving over 50 major towns and cities from Scotland to London King’s Cross, is less than two miles distant across flat land.
The airport has been named as Welcome to Yorkshire’s official partner for 2016, as too has Flybe, who will shortly introduce many new routes from the airport. So, it is logical for Robin Hood DSA to become the main airport for Yorkshire and the entire region.
The Northern Powerhouse is fast becoming a figment of George Osborne’s vivid imagination, while the divisive HS2 project remains on the slow track to who-knows-where, but has already devoured well over £1 billion of public money without a sod being turned.
Meanwhile, columnist, Tom Richmond (The Yorkshire Post, March 12) quoted a spokesman for the Department for the Communities and Local Government as saying: “The Northern Powerhouse is about empowering local people, not relocating civil servants from London to tell them what to do”.
Really? Well, then, isn’t it time to stop relying on the hollow promises of politicians? It is glaringly obvious that Robin Hood DSA is the one golden opportunity for the whole region to back an airport that can eventually equal Manchester and other major airports.
We should all swallow our parochial pride and back Robin Hood DSA to the hilt, showing that Yorkshire has an airport which will become second to none in the country and bring advantage to Yorkshire and the entire region east of the Pennines.
Welcome To Yorkshire's Official Airport:
Just days after the opening of the Great Yorkshire Way link road, Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been named as Welcome to Yorkshire’s official airport partner for 2016. The two organisations will work together to attract greater levels of leisure and business tourism to the region.
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said:
“This is fantastic news for the region and we are delighted to be working with Welcome to Yorkshire.
“Doncaster Sheffield Airport is currently the fastest growing airport in the UK with flights to over 30 destinations, seeing 18% growth in passenger numbers and a record year for cargo in 2015.
“This partnership will see us working closely with Welcome to Yorkshire to firmly place the airport in people’s minds when they are looking to travel and to work on attracting visitors to our region.”
The new Great Yorkshire Way, a major link road, from junction 3 of the M18 to Parrots Corner significantly reduces travel time to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, helping to act as a prime gateway to Yorkshire for visitors.
As part of the new partnership, Flybe, who are due to launch eight new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport next month (March 24) have become Welcome to Yorkshire’s official airline partner for the year.
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
“I’m very excited about this partnership between Welcome to Yorkshire, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe. Their strong offer to people living in and visiting Yorkshire is about to get even better and we’re delighted to be working with them as they enter this exciting new phase of growth.
“We share the belief that Yorkshire is a great place to visit and do business and I hope that we will see even more people making use of Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s excellent facilities and travelling on some of Flybe’s fantastic new routes.”
Airport Celebrates Record Year For Cargo:
Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport is celebrating a record breaking year for cargo as 2015 saw the most freight handled since the airport opened.
The airport has also seen an increase in large movements including B747s, AN225 and AN124s.
Dayle Hauxwell, cargo manager for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted to say that 2015 was officially our busiest year for cargo ever.
“Over the last 12 months, the airport and its partners have taken a significant step forward in demonstrating our capability to the market as the only sensible choice for cargo in the UK.
We have been building a reputation based on efficiency and delivering bespoke solutions for each client, this is proving to be a very powerful combination and customers are choosing Doncaster Sheffield Airport on merit.
“With our new motorway link road opening imminently, our customers are looking forward to taking advantage of reduced trucking times to and from the airport.
“We’re delighted with the progress we are making towards our long term ambition of establishing Doncaster Sheffield as the obvious choice for cargo in the UK and it is already looking like we will continue to grow strongly in the year ahead.”
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, through operator Anglo World Cargo, has managed consignments across the globe, including Nepal, Kenya, Venezuela, USA and key European destinations such as Greece and France. The growth is continued evidence that the Airport’s cargo terminal is enhancing its reputation around the world.
Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, added: “This is a fantastic result for the airport and the cargo handling team.
“It is clear that more and more companies are looking at Doncaster Sheffield Airport as the solution to their air cargo needs, which is great news for the airport and the regional economy.
“We have continued to build some excellent relationships with our clients over the last year and we’re excited about what 2016 will bring.”
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 www.robinhoodairport.com
Aer Lingus Announce A 20 Percent Increase In Seats:
Doncaster Sheffield Airport has received a welcome boost in flights as the Aer Lingus summer program is announced.
The airline has an extra flight each week from the airport to Dublin following a successful seven months of flying from Doncaster, which saw the airline carrying 11,500 passengers.
A new Saturday flight has been added to their roster taking the number of rotations from Doncaster to Dublin to six each week.
The flights, which operate Monday to Saturday, are now on sale and the first Saturday flight will take off on April 2.
The six times weekly flights to Dublin also offer onward connectivity to New York, Chicago and Boston in America and the Canadian city of Toronto.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted that Aer Lingus have added an additional flight to Dublin from Doncaster.
“This further strengthens our objective to connect the city region with the world, enabling businesses across the region to strengthen trade links, open up new markets and bring them closer to their customers.
“Better links will also encourage companies to invest here in our region creating jobs and growing our regional economy.
“With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner we are sure that lots of people will be looking to travel to Dublin or New York to celebrate.
“The transatlantic flights offer something for everyone from Chicago’s amazing Jazz Festival’s to tennis fans opportunity to see Serena Williams take on Caroline Wozniacki in Madison Square Garden on March 8 and from seeing Bruce Springsteen in Boston to seeing Rupert Everett giving the performance of his career in Judas Kiss in Toronto.”
Martin Saxton, Commercial Director, Stobart Air, said: "We are delighted to be able to increase the number of flights from Doncaster to Dublin in our summer programme.
"This route is proving to be very popular with Yorkshire passengers and we look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with Doncaster Sheffield Airport."
The Aer Lingus summer program with flights from Doncaster to Dublin operating Monday to Saturday are now on sale.
Yorkshire Airport Launches Community Fund To Help Local Projects:
Doncaster Sheffield Airport has launched a Community Investment Fund to help projects in the Sheffield City Region.
The airport has set aside £5000 and is inviting community projects and organisations to bid for money to help them improve the local area.
Kellie Naylor, environment and community officer for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to be launching Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s 2016 Community Investment Fund.
“In previous years we’ve assisted many groups ranging from community centres needing new disabled access to tree planning schemes and training for scout groups.
“The main aim of the fund is to help to improve the local environment and community that the airport serves.
“We hope to hear from organisations who are looking for small pots of money to help them to make a difference this year.”
The Doncaster Sheffield Airport Community Investment Fund was set up to enhance and improve the natural and built environment in the local community.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Over the past ten years we have worked closely with our local communities and have worked with many local organisations to help to make a positive difference.”
Since the airport opened in 2005 over £15,000 has been awarded to range of projects bringing lasting benefits to the community.
Details about the Community Fund are available on Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s website www.robinhoodairport.com/about-us/csr/
Peel Group launch Aero Centre: 18th December 2015:
The Peel Group has today, (December 18), launched Aero Centre Yorkshire to the UK property marketplace.
The new brand represents the wide range of development opportunities now available surrounding Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Airport, attracting inward investment and job creation to the Sheffield City Region.
The 1600-acre site, which is home to the UK’s fastest growing airport outside London, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, is already home to an array of office, warehousing and distribution unit opportunities, encompassing a 62-acre business park and 10 hectares of Enterprise Zone.
Robert Hough, chairman of Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, said: “Today’s announcement reflects The Peel Group’s strategy set out in the master plan to maximise the potential of the whole airport site in order to provide for the future growth of air services and to make Doncaster Sheffield Airport a major hub for passenger, business cargo and general aviation activities.”
Peel Logistics, a joint venture between Peel Land and Property and Macquarie Capital, is now a major delivery partner on the site. In October, The Peel Group set out 150 major projects in its Northern Powerhouse strategy and Aero Centre Yorkshire now sits within this portfolio.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, commented: “This positive announcement comes just weeks before the opening of the FARRRS Airport Link Road and only a few weeks since our major new carrier announcement with Flybe delivering connectivity to three European centres of trade and two major European hubs.
“Aero Centre Yorkshire will be an enviable central location with motorways, sea ports and airside access to one of the longest runways in the country. It offers a wide range of land and property opportunities for businesses of all types and sizes from across the globe.”
The approved development site already has planning consent for over 2 million square feet of office, warehousing and distribution units and designated Enterprise Zone status, making Aero Centre Yorkshire a viable prospect for a considerable range of businesses from logistics to full commercial Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations.
“It is no longer sufficient or acceptable to rely upon air services from outside our regional economy. We must support and develop our region to ensure it has the strongest possible position within the Northern powerhouse.”
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%.
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.
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 www.robinhoodairport.com
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