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

KEN'S MONTHLY NOTES for AUGUST 2015 out now. AUGUST @ 102,849 is 9% up on last year. Latest Route News Update:   Updated full Summer Schedule 2015 - see 'At The Airport' above. Winter 2015/16 see 'At the Airport' above. Also out now,  Thomson/First Choice Summer 2016  - see 'Stats & Stuff'

INTERESTING MOVEMENTS  for AUGUST 2015 by Clive Featherstone. ANOTHER 'MUST READ' - Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport. Includes Commercial, Cargo, Bizz Jets, Props, Rotary and Military, see 'Stats and Stuff' - 'Interesting Movements'

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

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

Vulcan XH558 - All there is to know about her here >

Final Flying Season For The Vulcan >

Farewell To RIAT - Flypast 2015 >

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Out 'n' About:

Which consumer group Awards 2015.

The best small airport category: 

London Southend taking that honour with an 86 per cent customer score.

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield wasn't far behind with 84 per cent.

London City touched down with 81 per cent. 

AUGUST passenger figures up by 9%.

Increased flight from/to Bucharest starts 20th May 2016.

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First Passengers Take Off To Lublin From Yorkshire:

Passengers left Yorkshire last week on the first Wizz Air flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Lublin.
The new route is the tenth destinations on offer from the ultra-low-cost carrier from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The new three times weekly flights from Doncaster to Lublin will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with lead in fares £15.49 one way.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We were delighted to welcome passengers flying on this inaugural flight to Lublin.
“Our relationship with Wizz continues to go from strength to strength and it is great to see them expanding their offering to Yorkshire passengers with this new route.”


                                                                                               Kate Stow and Chris Harcombe from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Lublin is the largest Polish city east of the Vistula River and 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. The airport now operates a total of 33 Wizz Air flights per week to ten destinations including Bucharest in Romania, and Gdansk, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland.

“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,” added Chris.

Wizz Air recently announced that they have carried 18 million passengers in the rolling 12 month period to August 2015. This is a 20 percent increase year on year.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to over 30 destinations. For more information, please visit .

Flights and packages to European cities are now available at

About Wizz Air:
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe*, operates a fleet of 55 Airbus A320 aircraft and offers** over 360 routes from 21 bases, connecting 110 destinations across 37 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of approximately 2,200 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low ticket prices making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 15.8 million passengers in 2014. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: WIZZ

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Search For Santa This Christmas From Yorkshire's Doncaster Sheffield Airport:

Passengers from Yorkshire can now book a magical trip to find Father Christmas this December.

The trips from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Lapland are packed with outdoor adventures from start to finish.


Kate Stow, head of marketing for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We have two holiday companies offering these fantastic trips where little ones can zoom down snow slides and drive a miniature skidoo and reindeer and husky sleigh rides are waiting to get your family in to the festive spirit.

“There is so much on offer from these fantastic day trips with indoor activities available too where you can try decorating cookies, and a restaurant where you can warm up over lunch.”

The highlight of the day is meeting Santa Claus in his log cabin, deep in the woods.

Lapland offers a snow covered magical and unforgettable experience perfect for families looking for something a little different this year.

For further information on trips to Lapland visit

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Airport Sets Out The Case For English Policy On Airport Passenger Duty:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We urge the Chancellor to take this opportunity to deliver effective reform to Air Passenger Duty in England in order to ensure that regional airports are able to grow connectivity where it is needed the most; delivering tangible economic benefits in the regions they serve,” concluded Steve. 
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Thomson's Luxury Holiday Offering Is Flying Off The Shelves At Doncaster Sheffield Airport:

Packages on Thomson’s luxury holidays to Sensatori resorts are proving popular with passengers flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The, new for 2015, Sensatori resorts offer luxury holidays designed to fuel the senses where holidaymakers can unwind in 5-star surroundings with gourmet dining, state-of-the-art bedrooms, and first-class pool scenes come as standard.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We were delighted that Thomson added their new Sensatori Resorts in Ibiza and Turkey’s Dalaman region to their options for Yorkshire customers flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and they have been proving a really popular choice with our customers.
“These holidays really do offer something different for passengers flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and further strengthen our relationship with Thomson.”

Passengers have enjoyed visiting Thomson’s Sensatori Resort Ibiza, the first short-haul hotel. Located on the beach in peaceful Cala Tarida, the resort has an attractive village style feel with low rise buildings painted in chalk white with accents of local stone. It boasts five a la carte restaurants, four bars, including a sunset bar with breath-taking views of Ibiza's famous sunset, five pools including an adult's only pool with built in loungers and a children's splash pool.


The newly-built Sensatori Resort Fethiye, in Turkey's Dalaman region, has also been well received as it offers all of the luxuries expected at a Sensatori and is set amongst Fethiye's cobbled streets, buzzing harbour and ancient ruins. With an amazing pool scene, spectacular views, gourmet dining, action packed activities, an ultra-relaxing spa and extensive facilities for families it is as luxurious as neighbouring Sensatori Resort Turkey in Side.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to more than 40 destinations around the world.

For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit  
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Doncaster Based Aviation Company Expands Into Ireland:

Doncaster based Weston Aviation, has signed a long-term contract to open a new business aviation centre at Cork Airport.
The company, whose headquarters are at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, has announced an expansion of its business with a new centre in Cork, to be located at the airport’s executive hangar and office facility.

This is the company’s first venture outside of the UK and is the first time that executive aircraft can avail of a hangar service at Cork Airport.
Weston Aviation, operates at four UK airports, offers fixed base operations (FBO) and cargo handling as well as aircraft charter and support services.
Nick Weston, Weston Aviation’s CEO, said: “This announcement is an exciting one for Weston Aviation as we expand our business outside of the UK for the first time.
“We chose Cork Airport as our first international base for a number of reasons; key was the number of global businesses based in the region as well as the growing local economy.
“We were also drawn to Cork Airport because of the size and structure of the airport as it is similar to that of our other airport partners, where we continuously invest to develop our business”.

Established in 1995, Weston Aviation has bases at Newquay Cornwall Airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, Humberside International Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport where its headquarters are based.

Steve Gill, managing director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport added, “This is great news for Weston Aviation and delighted that they are continuing to grow as a company.
“They continue to do a fantastic job in Doncaster developing additional business, complementing the existing scheduled and charter passenger services.”

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Record Numbers Of Pets Fly Through Doncaster Sheffield Airport:

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is seeing more pets than ever fly through its gates, with dogs, cats and even pet tortoises travelling through the airport so far this year.

The airport is on target to import and export a record 300 cats and dogs in 2015 – almost 100 more than the previous record set in 2014.
Highlights from the year so far include a tortoise named Speedy which came from Cyprus and a parrot named Jasper Parrot, who travelled to Spain in the summer.


                                                                                                                 Captain of Thomson aircraft meeting his rescued dog from Corfu.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has a dedicated Animal Reception Centre, and in conjunction with transport and airfreight business Anglo World Cargo, has been carrying out the importation and exportation of domestic pets under the DEFRA / Animal Health Pets Travel Scheme since January 2013.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one of only seven UK airports to have this allowance.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “It is great to see that the import and export of pets has risen again, resulting in a record year for the airport. “Pet passports have risen in popularity lately, and it’s wonderful to see so many of our furry and feathered friends pass through our doors.”

Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, said: “Since its launch two years ago, our pet service has really taken off and gone from strength to strength. “We collect animals from 12 countries across the globe including Cyprus, Jersey, Alicante, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Majorca and Tenerife. We can put pets on almost every route from Doncaster and we look forward to welcoming even more of them on flights over the next few months.”

For more information on how to fly your pet out to locations across the world from Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit or call 01302 623063.

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Christmas Shopping In New York Or Jazz In Chicago – It’s All On The Cards For Yorkshire Passengers:

Aer Lingus has announced its winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield Airport giving passengers travelling from the region a great way to do their Christmas Shopping this year – in New York.

The winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will see Aer Lingus flights take passengers to Dublin five times a week with onward connectivity to New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.
The direct service to Dublin began in May this year and has already proved to be a popular route following the launch of Aer Lingus Regional, which features connecting transatlantic flights to North America and Canada.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “The winter schedule comes on the back of very encouraging sales since the route’s launch in May and this means that our passengers can now look to book their Christmas trips to North America and Canada from their local airport.
“Passengers can clear US immigration in Dublin and therefore avoid huge queues, so it’s no surprise that the route has been so successful and we’re excited to see it go from strength to strength throughout the winter and beyond.
“Whether it is Christmas Shopping in New York, Boston in the fall, and Jazz in Chicago or the International Film Festival in Toronto – there is so much on offer over the next few months.”

From October 25 to March 26, flights will depart at 10:50 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, as well as 15:00 on Sundays, and return at 10:25 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 14:35 on Sundays.

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From Europe To Yorkshire - Commercial Freight Takes Off :

Automotive parts have been flown from Europe to Yorkshire as a ferry strike caused chaos in Calais.

2Excel Aviation Ltd, a British carrier based at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, made its first commercial cargo flight to Liege to fly automotive parts for a large UK based company.

The Calais strike, along with the Channel Tunnel closures, had the potential to cripple production for many UK-based companies because crucial manufacturing parts were caught up in the shut-down.

Richie Matthews, cargo manager and pilot for 2Excel Aviation said: “Even though we are a small team, we were able to respond quickly to the situation in Calais and we made several trips to Liege and Leipzig in a week ferrying nearly 30 tonnes of freight to and from Doncaster on our Boeing 727-200 aircraft.

“All of the cargo we carried was material for the UK automotive industry, with air freight operators such as ourselves playing a clear role in ensuring that production lines did not shut down.”

2Excel Aviation, in partnership with HAE, offers its cargo aircraft for ad-hoc charter operations from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, to locations across the globe, working along with Anglo World Cargo for its Doncaster activities.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “It was great to see that 2Excel were able to step in assist UK based companies who were affected by the situation in Calais.

“The partnership with 2Excel Aviation and their quick response to situations further strengthens our offering and shows that the reputation of the Airport, our cargo terminal and our collective ability to respond quickly to provide hassle free and effective solutions is growing, which can only be positive news for the regional economy.” 

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Sees Cargo Increase:

The Airport has smashed its cargo throughput for 2014 in the first six months of 2015.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport has transported more cargo in the period from January to June 2015 than it did in throughout the whole of 2014.
The figures, which represent the tonnage of consignments in and out of the airport, show that growth in this area is going from strength to strength.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, through operator Anglo World Cargo, has managed consignments across the globe during the six-month period, including Nepal, Kenya, Venezuela, USA and key European destinations such as Greece and France.
Dayle Hauxwell, Cargo Manager at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are all delighted to have surpassed the amount of cargo transported in 2014 in just half a year.
“The growth of the business in recent months has been excellent and is continued evidence that the Airport and its cargo terminal is enhancing its reputation around the world for hassle free cargo operations.
“The amount of freight being transported has and continues to increase significantly and this can only be positive news for the Airport and the regional economy.”
Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, added: “It is clear that more and more companies and cargo operators are looking at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to distribute their products around the world.
“It’s great to see the work being put in by the Airport coming to fruition with these latest figures.
“We are all celebrating this fantastic news, but very focussed on delivering further growth in the months ahead”
Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Cargo Terminal consists of 12,000sqft of operational space and has a full range of equipment and facilities capable of handling any aircraft.
This, coupled with the airport’s 2,893m runway, means through Anglo World Cargo, it has the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of large cargo aircraft, such as the Antonov-225s.
For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Boston Route Linked To Historic Milestone:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dramatic New Display Over 17 Locations - Part Of XH558's Last Flying Season:

The last flying Vulcan, XH558, continues its final flying season with a spectacular two-day V-Force Tour of the UK on June 27-28. As one of the last opportunities to witness the delta wing silhouette overhead, XH558 bids farewell to the 17 locations where the remaining complete V-Force aircraft now reside.
The last flying example of the V-Force, which protected Britain’s shores throughout the Cold War, will dip her wings for a final time in salute to the men and women who were prepared to give their lives for their country during a period of remarkable tension, inspiring courage and technical innovation.

“A few months ago, the Secretary of the British Aviation Preservation Council (BAPC), Brian Dixon, approached me with an idea,” says Vulcan to the Sky chief executive Dr. Robert Pleming.
“He proposed that XH558 should visit all the surviving V-Force aircraft in the UK and if possible perform a short display during our final year of flying as a special ‘goodbye’. He also suggested that each of these Museums could also get involved by holding special events or talks in the week leading up to this final tribute.”

XH558’s final season has already begun, with around 15,000 people selling-out the Throckmorton Airshow on June 6th, demonstrating that the aircraft continues to inspire. The spectacular early season curtain raiser kicked off a packed final year, during which the Vulcan will help celebrate great British engineering, salute the country’s legendary V-Force heroes and be viewed by more supporters than ever before.

“When she lands towards the end of the year, the opportunity to experience the visceral roar of an overhead Vulcan will be lost forever: the V-Force Tour provides an opportunity to maximise its exposure to loyal supporters who have helped keep her flying since 2007, and acts as a fitting salute to those involved in the Cold War,” says Pleming.

“We will also be flying selected items in the aircraft so that as many of her supporters as possible can purchase something that has taken part in this incredible adventure, with proceeds going to help look after her during the next stage of her life, when she will continue to thrill and inspire audiences on the ground.”

The V-Force name comes from the three aircraft that carried Britain’s first nuclear deterrent - Vulcan, Victor and Valiant – and the tour spans the length and breadth of the UK across the two days. Simply because it’s the right thing to do, no fees for this tour will be levied by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, which supports the aircraft, however £50,000 needs to be raised to cover costs. The Vulcan V-Force Share entitles up to only 1000 supporters a unique, limited edition commemorative route map and a Share certificate in return for a £30 donation.

Alternatively, a £5 donation is a welcome contribution towards the substantial costs involved with the V-Force Tour, and can be made via designated mobile phone text codes depending on the area in which you are viewing. The free Vulcan newsletter provides updates on where to see XH558 fly during the Tour, details of the rest of her final season and information regarding donations and the relevant JustGiving pages. New readers can sign up at

“We are enormously thankful to the loyal XH558 supporters, and inspired by the growing number of people of all generations who are enthused by this legendary piece of British engineering,” continues Pleming. “This is one of the many reasons that we are committed to making XH558’s final season one to remember, and are excited by the next steps in her career.”

A Valuable Future for XH558

When XH558 lands for the last time at the end of a spectacular Farewell to Flight season, she will  become the centre of a new type of education initiative. “XH558 is an iconic example of that remarkable period of intense post-war innovation that made British aviation technology the envy of the world,” concludes Pleming. “In her new life, still able to accelerate dramatically along the runway, XH558 will build on this exciting provenance to inspire and educate new generations of young people, helping to deliver the technical and aviation skills that Britain so badly needs.”

Alongside the Vulcan Aviation Academy, there will also be a heritage centre so that enthusiasts can continue to visit the aircraft and learn about the engineering innovation and Cold War politics that brought her into existence. XH558 will be maintained to a high standard and will regularly thrill audiences with her famous Vulcan howl as she accelerates along the runway.

Already around 15,000 people a year visit XH558 at her hangar. The award-winning tours must be booked in advance (for security reasons there is no access without pre-booking) and can be chosen by visiting and clicking on displays/tours. Regular updates and other news is provided by a popular free email newsletter and the Trust also has an active Facebook community (Vulcan XH558) and Twitter feed @XH558. 
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Is Officially The Fastest Growing In The North:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Passenger Numbers Soar At The Airport:

The 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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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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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. 


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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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 . For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit  

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World’s Largest Aircraft At Robin Hood Airport: 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit

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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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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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