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'Over 8 million passengers have now flown from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield'.
KEN'S MONTHLY NOTES for OCTOBER 2014 out now. Pax at 73,648 is 12.7% up on last year. Latest Route News for 2014/15, Includes New Destinations for 2015 and latest updates: see 'Stats and Stuff' above, also - Winter Flight Schedule 2014/15 out now - see 'At the Airport' above.
INTERESTING MOVEMENTS for OCTOBER 2014 by Clive Featherstone. Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport during a very busy and interesting October. 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 2014, presented a month in advance. You can find the Nov/Dec 2014 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. www.encoredoncaster.co.uk Tel: 44 (0) 1302-718520
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Out 'n' About :
Encouraging news - Passenger figures for October are 12.7% up on last year - see 'States & Stuff' above.
WDF sale 27th - 28th - 29th November 2014. Download your tickets from the Airport website.
Transun are running a very popular day-trip to see Santa in Lapland, flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport 13th December 2014.
Transun has also added its first four-night trip from the Yorkshire airport to see the Aurora Borealis via Sweden. The Arctic Spirit trip will depart from Doncaster Sheffield Airport on 7th January 2015, landing in Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden.
Transun already provides a flight to the Northern Lights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport 28th November. This three-day excursion is via Enontekio in Finland.
Take a look at the article below to see what Hangar 1 has revealed...
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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Flight Deck Vacancies:
Jetstream (BAe J31/32) Captains & First Officers required – LinksAir Ltd
Doncaster-Sheffield, UK, based regional turboprop operator, LinksAir, are seeking applications for both Captains and First-Officers with BAe Jetstream 31/32 type experience, to join them at an exciting time of both fleet and base expansion. With additional aircraft set to join the fleet to support both increased ACMI contracts and support our growing scheduled Service operations including the four-year Cardiff-Anglesey Welsh Government PSO contract, LinksAir welcome applications from both current and former type rated flight crew. With current bases experiencing growth in DSA (Doncaster-Sheffield) and CWL (Cardiff), expanding our ACMI, scheduled network and ad-hoc charter capability will require short term flexibility through to new longer term roles for our expansion.
We will consider full-time, part-time and contract applicants. We will provide the support and training or recertification to type, you provide us with the dedication and professionalism to deliver high quality regional operator services.
We do ask for the following minimum requirements:
• Must hold a valid EU passport / citizenship
• Must have the legal right to live & work in Europe
• Must hold JAA/EASA pilot licence & medical
We will consider applicants with the following:
• JAR-FCL frozen ATPL
• JAR-FCL 1st class medical
• ICAO level-4 English language proficiency
• Minimum 100-hours on type (J31/J32)
Please forward your CV & summary of current commitments or requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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New Commercial Freight Plane To Be Based in Yorkshire:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has welcomed a new partnership with British company 2Excel Aviation Ltd which will further boost its cargo activity.
One of 2Excel Aviation's Boeing 727-200 aircraft flew into the airport to a water cannon salute, and will take up residence in its soon to be complete refurbished hangar.
Photograph by kind permission from 2Excel Aviation Ltd.
The B727 aircraft will be used to support cargo operations from Robin Hood Airport, including chartered flights to relevant locations around the world under the Anglo World Cargo operations activity.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “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.
“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.”
Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Cargo Terminal consists of 55,000sqft 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 Antonov-225s.
Hangar 1 Reveals A Few Astonishing Surprises:
As progress continues with the refurbishment of Hangar 1 with attention being paid by workmen to the outside of the hangar doors - just take a look at this astonishing painting behind the hangar doors...
...and the surprises do not end there, a further amazing, historical and beautiful piece of art work showing a hawk and two BAe Hawks can 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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On The Wings Of Love:
On Wednesday 29th October 2014 Heidi Cross and Stuart Lindle said 'I do' under the wings of the last remaining flying Vulcan bomber in the world.
The couple were certainly feeling on top of the world as they tied the knot and signed the register in the shadow of the Vulcan, with Family and friends looking on to witness the wonderful and amazing event .
Heidi and Stuart say 'I Do' The signing of the register under the Bomb Bay Doors
The happy couple Heidi and Stuart were married in Hangar 3 Robin Hood Airport where the Vulcan XH558 is currently stationed.
More weddings have been lined up in the shadow of the Vulcan over the coming months while the plane undergoes its winter overhaul.
Vulcan XH558 is the world’s last remaining flying Vulcan bomber – and wows crowds wherever she goes.
Find out more about XH558, the events and tours here > www.vulcantothesky.org
By kind permission from Heidi & Stuart.
Photos by Clive Featherstone - Guest & FoDSA photographer.
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Thomson Opens Holiday Design Store In Meadowhall:
Leading travel operator Thomson has launched one of the country’s first holiday design stores in Meadowhall, Sheffield. The new concept of store has been introduced to Meadowhall following its successful implementation in Thomson stores at Bluewater shopping centre, as well as Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow city centres. The new format boasts a number of new digital features including an interactive 84-inch touch screen map and high-definition screens which feature destination and hotel information, as well as reviews, weather information and lists of local sights. Many of the destinations fly from the nearby Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, who were on hand to cut the ribbon at the 1,000ft store’s official opening.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “The new store is fantastic and we are delighted to officially open it. “We’re proud of our partnership with Thomson, and together we can provide people with fantastic holiday destinations such as our new service to Zante and popular winter getaways such as Sharm El Sheikh, Cyprus and Tenerife. “The holiday design stores really add to the customer experience of buying a holiday, and with Yorkshire now being home to a state-of-the-art Thomson store as well as a thriving Airport, travel continues to play a huge part in the local and regional economy.”
Jill Carter, Head of Sales at TUI UK & Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to open our Holiday Design Store in Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Our four holiday design Stores in Bluewater Shopping Centre, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow have proven to be a huge success and we’ve had excellent feedback from both customers and staff. “It’s great to now be able to offer this unique service in Sheffield and help make booking customers’ holidays even more exciting.”
Thomson, which is part of TUI UK and Ireland, has 700 stores around the country and expects to roll out the design to 100 shops over the next two to three years
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Major Doncaster Road Scheme Starts Topping Out Process:
Another important milestone has been reached on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) with construction of the road starting on top of the recently completed eight metre high embankment between Junction 3 of the M18 and Rossington.
Tarmacking of the first section of dual carriageway will provide access into Verdion’s £400million iPort project and Harworth Estates’ development of 1,200 new homes on the former Rossington Colliery site. The ground works for those developments have already started and building work, including the first homes, is expected to start in spring next year.
As well as enabling work to progress on these schemes, FARRRS will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport supporting development at the new Enterprise Zone and its other business parks.
Excellent progress is being made along the entire three mile route from the motorway network to Parrott’s Corner at the A638 Bawtry Road and the link to Rossington at West End Lane.
Embankments continue to go up either side of the new bridge being constructed over the East Coast Main Line and following completion of bridges over the Brancliffe to Kirk Sandall Line and the River Torne at Rossington, work is well underway on the remaining three bridges. Beams are expected to be lifted into place shortly on the Mother Drain bridge on the approach to Parrott’s Corner.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “We are entering the home straight for the completion of access into private sector led developments which will unlock thousands of new jobs and homes.
“FARRRS is one of a suite of initiatives strengthening our economy and making Doncaster an attractive proposition for new businesses, investors and developers. We have a new Enterprise Zone, the High Speed Rail College, the recently announced Inward Investment Incentive Pilot Scheme and ongoing regeneration schemes which are helping to transform the town. I am fully committed to delivering economic growth in Doncaster.”
Tim Love, Director of Strategic Land at Harworth Estates, said: “We saw for ourselves the fantastic work being made on the road a couple of weeks ago and its extremely heartening that the entire programme – one of the most complex in the UK – remains on track. The first homes will be built on our site next March and we look forward to delivering a development that local people will be proud of.”
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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FODSA Take Up Role As Airport Ambassadors:
Twelve members of Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (FoDSA), which was set up in 2005 by a small group of people to give support to the airport, have become Airport Ambassadors.
Paul Maddison, vice chairman of FoDSA said: "We are delighted to be able to provide this service to all passengers and visitors whether it is just to greet them as they come and go or to provide help to those who require advice or assistance.
“The twelve dedicated volunteer Airport Ambassadors are enthusiastic, energetic and passionate, they cover the busiest periods at the airport and work with airport staff to make a difference.
" We help and assist passengers with queries no matter how big or small. It can be anything from giving directions within the airport, directing to the correct check-in desk, making sure they know what items cannot go in their hand luggage – the list is endless.
“We’ve even assisted people who’ve arrived on the wrong day of travel, turned up at the wrong airport or forgotten their passport!”
The New Robin Hood Airport Ambassadors.
The volunteer Airport Ambassadors provide a special role at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and invest their time to help reassure any anxious passengers and provide a warm, friendly and cheerful welcome to everyone visiting the airport.
Steve Gill, managing director of Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, said: “FoDSA have provided great support to the airport for many years and these new ambassadors will help our passengers have a stress free and as pleasant a journey.
“We are very lucky that so many people volunteer their time and passion through FoDSA to help the airport in so many ways.”
Rescue Day Donation to FODSA Charity - see 'FoDSA News
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First Of Its Kind:
One of the UK’s leading travel operators has launched its first holiday design store in Yorkshire.
The Thomson store on St Sepulchre Gate in Doncaster has been fully refurbished with a number of new digital and interactive features that modernise the customer experience of buying a holiday.
The immersive design sees all point-of-sale material withdrawn and replaced with a series of interactive digital displays which showcase latest products and destinations, with many flying from the nearby Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
A touch-screen, wall mounted interactive map allows customers to select a destination and uncover details as they zoom in and select different hotels and discover information such as local sights and Tripadvisor reviews.
Jackie Hinds, Store Manager, said: “The new store has received great feedback since its opening.
“More than ever, customers are demanding an experience, not a transaction. The new holiday design stores are a great way to enhance the way customers can interact with us.
“We also have two new banquette-style booking booths in store which are proving to be very popular, and many of our holiday packages fly from the nearby Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is really convenient for people living in the region as they can depart for their holiday from their local airport.”
Thomson, which is part of TUI UK and Ireland, has 700 stores around the country and expects to roll out the design to 100 shops over the next two to three years.
The modular nature of the concept means that different elements can be trialled depending on the location and demands of each store.
Craig Hewitt, Trade Sales Executive at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “The new store is fantastic and really adds to the customer experience of buying a holiday.
“With Doncaster now being home to a state-of-the-art Thomson store as well as a thriving Airport, travel continues to play a huge part in the local and regional economy.”
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Robin Hood Airport Says Ciao Bella To New Italian Packages:
Independent tour operator Newmarket Holidays has announced new exciting packages to Italy from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield next year.
The packages, which offer a real taste of Italy, can be booked now and will take off from the Yorkshire airport in 2015.
With escorted tours including the ‘Seven Cities of Italy’, ‘Lake Garda’ and the ‘Italian Lakes’, along with independent trips to Italy on offer passengers will be able to make the most of the new links to the beautiful European destination.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Working with Newmarket Holidays we are delighted to be able to offer Italy as a destination from Doncaster.
“Package tours or independent travellers wishing to explore the beautiful towns and cities of Italy will now be able to do so from Doncaster from 2015.”
The ‘Seven Cities of Italy’ is an eight-day holiday exploring infamous Italian cities with flights direct from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Verona, before visiting eternal Rome and picturesque Florence.
The holiday includes seven nights' half-board accommodation at three four-star hotels in Moniga del Garda, Chianciano Terme (both for three nights) and Lugagnano (for the remaining night).
Sight-seeing musts in Italy include the Vatican City, Michelangelo’s David at Accademia Gallery and Lake Garda.
Amanda George, regional charter manager, from Newmarket Holidays said: “We know how important convenience and relaxation are to making our customers travel experience a special one, so we're committed to providing great-value flights from many local airports around the country.
“We are pleased to be able to offer these trips to passengers from Yorkshire from their local airport.”
Newmarket Holidays are also offering travellers the chance to discover the finest cities of Northern Europe with the eight-day holiday ‘Jewels of the Baltic’. They will visit the three Baltic capitals; the Lithuanian town of Vilnius, Latvian’s ever-growing city Riga and medieval Estonian town Tallinn.
Having the option to fly to Vilnius or Kaunas, travellers will embark in guided tours around the three capitals – where they will also stay in three to four star accommodations.
Whilst visiting, there will be a chance to visit the beautiful Gauja National Park, the majestic Rundale Palace and Trakai's Island Castle.
For more information regarding the holiday packages available from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with Newmarket Holidays, visit www.newmarketholidays.co.uk .
Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to over 30 destinations. For more information, please visit www.robinhoodairport.com .
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New Environment and Community Officer For Robin Hood Airport:
The airport has appointed a new Environment and Community Officer to strengthen local relationships and develop its environmental credentials.
Kellie Naylor, aged 38, from Tickhill, has joined Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield from the Engineering and Environment Consultants, Waterman Group.
The airports new Environment and Community Officer Kellie Naylor with FODSA members.
She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work at an airport which has strong community links.
“The airport has an amazing and very proactive friends group – Friends of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (FODSA) who dedicate a great deal of time to working with the community and the airport to help make people’s experience of travelling with us a smooth one.
“My appointment provides a great opportunity of working on a range of exciting projects and I look forward to making a contribution to the team.”
Steve Gill, managing director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Kellie is a very welcome addition to the team. She is extremely passionate about ensuring the airport is working with the local community and we look forward to seeing her plans for greater engagement in the coming months.
“She is also dedicated to the environmental duties she will undertake and we are sure that she will be bringing in a number of initiatives to ensure that our business is operating at the forefront of green issues.”
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Fully Restored Tiger Moth Flies Again From Doncaster Sheffield Airport:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield was the home to a nostalgic look back at the 1940s when a fully restored Tiger Moth plane took off for its first test flight.
The aeroplane, which was built in 1941 at Morris Motors, Cowley, has been based at Aerospace NDT Ltd at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. For the last two years, it has been overhauled and restored to its original RAF specification.
In front of a number of onlookers, the aeroplane took off for its maiden test flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Treswell, Nottinghamshire. It was flown by flight instructor and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) examiner Richard Flanagan, who has had more than thirty years’ experience of flying Tiger Moths.
David Firth, who has owned the plane for five years, said: “It was exciting moment to see the Tiger Moth back flying again. The first test flight was a success, and the aeroplane will now go on to continue its test sequence. If she performs as she should, which I am confident she will, we can then apply for a permit to fly.’
“I’d like to thank everyone at Doncaster Sheffield Airport for their help and co-operation in letting this happen. It was a great occasion with many exciting people jumping around when the aeroplane took off.”
From the 1930s, the Tiger Moth was used by the RAF as a basic trainer aeroplane for almost all of their pilots.
By the start of the Second World War, the RAF had 500 of the aircraft in service and in 1940, a number were fitted with bomb racks for anti-submarine operations, some were used for photograph reconnaissance, with a few converted for use as air ambulances in Burma. After the war, many ex RAF aircraft became civilian trainers, while others were used for crop spraying or passenger carrying.
This particular Tiger Moth served at RAF Holme on Spalding Moor and RAF Wickenby during World War II.
Added David: “It’s apt that this particular aircraft spent a lot of its time in this area during World War II, where she was largely used as what was known as a ‘station hack’, a flying pool car in other words.
“The museum at Wickenby airfield were kind enough to provide us with a copy of the control tower records for this period, which shows all the aeroplane’s movements, when and where she went, and even who was on board.
“It would be wonderful if we could reunite any of those people with the aircraft after all these years.”
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We were thrilled to be a part of the Tiger Moth’s maiden test flight, and very proud to see it take off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“It looked magnificent in flight and it was a great moment to see it back in the air again.”
More photos on "Gallery" above.
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Britcon To Convert WW2 Hangar:
Building, civil engineering and structural steelwork contractor, Britcon has been awarded a significant contract by Peel Holdings (Management) Ltd to refurbish a World War 2 Hangar at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
As well as an internal upgrade, Britcon UK will refurbish the associated offices including the strip out of existing M&E installations and provision of new facilities in readiness for occupation. External works will include a new car park and horticultural provisions. A major part of the brief is to refurbish the existing Hangar doors which have not been used for many years. The sliding doors, which form part of the original building, are filled with ballast to provide blast protection to the unit, during the Second World War. The works involves restoration of the doors to enable them to operate fully.
Ian Chapman, Regional Manager at Britcon said, “We are delighted to secure our first contract for the Peel Group after a competitive tender process. We secured the work because of our collaborative approach to problem solving and our ability to provide complete construction support services without subcontracting.”
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “The refurbishment of hangar one at Doncaster Sheffield Airport is fantastic news. With work gathering a pace on the new FARRRS link road and developments in and around the airport building the area is becoming more and more attractive. It will be great to see the renovation of this important space at the airport.”
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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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Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, the regional airport for the Sheffield city region, has no constraints for expansion and could double the passenger capacity in the long term - up to 24 million every year.
Owners, Peel Holdings, were in the region recently to update local transport leaders on its current and long term plans for the site, where the leading infrastructure, transport and real estate investment company has recently purchased 480 acres of additional land.
Peter Nears, strategic planning director at Peel Holdings, said: "It's safe to say that in recent years the aviation industry has had it pretty tough, particularly in the regional airports sector, but we feel as though the economy is looking a little bit better and we have made significant additional investments in the site. We've recently purchased a further 480 acres adjacent to the site so moving forward we've got major investment in it."
The last year has seen new staff put in place at the airport, with budgets behind them, and research has been carried out into leisure and business connectivity, identifying demand and what the region needs. A new five year business plan has now been approved.
Steve Gill, managing director for Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: "The economy is looking up and we saw growth at the airport last year. Only 2.5%, but back in the right direction for the first time in some years. And on the basis of unfulfilled potential, Peel Group has come back in and we are setting out once again to fulfil the objectives we had when we initially invested in the site.
"It is our belief that the airport is here for the long term and really will suit the needs of the region."
For this long term, Peel has begun looking beyond the current masterplan for the site, past 2030, which includes further development on the additional 400 acres, and even the possibility of a second terminal.
Peter Nears, explained: "In 2011 we put together a masterplan to 2030 and it sets out the proposals both for passenger facilities, showing that we can accommodate 12 million passengers a year, and also for significant growth in cargo. It also looked at the site as a whole - housing development, employment site development, local facilities.
"We are also looking ahead, and we did submit a document to the Airports Commission last year that included land that we have now purchased. What we are looking at is: "What is the capacity of the site? What can it accommodate and what could it do if it was called upon in a more national manner to fill some of the gap in terms of congestion at Heathrow and the South East?"
"In fact we could accommodate nearly 24 million [passengers a year] if called upon to do so. We have the essential infrastructure - the runway and all the services - it's all future proofed. The terminal is designed in a way that it's modular and can be extended but we can also accommodate within the scheme, a second terminal if needed.
"So plenty of scope in the very long term to expand the site and there are no capacity constraints that will prevent us really grasping this opportunity."
Peel bought the site from the Ministry of Defence when it was RAF Finningley in 1999 and has invested around £150m. It was the first airport to open in 50 years when the first commercial flight took off in 2005.
The new link road currently under construction is of huge importance. The £60m FARRRS project, with £12m from Peel, is estimated to result in £1 billion of further investment and 14,000 jobs. It will reduce all important drive times and more airlines are starting to take notice.
Peel is also sourcing further government funding for infrastructure and support for new routes, and is working hard to ensure that the region's airport features in the recently announced One North plan of transport improvements linking the major cities in the North.
Nears, said: "The Doncaster-Lincoln line runs adjacent to the site and one of the areas we are interested in further delivery is to construct a station. If we're going to have an "HS3" programme of work connecting the Northern cities together, then it needs also to connect the airports serving the region to those cities. The potential at Doncaster/Sheffield means that it should also be considered. There is the opportunity to bring a direct connection from the East Coast Mainline through the site.
"There aren't really any constraints that we see that would affect our ability to cater for passengers and to pull passengers from the northern part of the London catchment. With connections to Peterborough or Stevenage stations, really what we should be saying is that not everything has to go down to Heathrow or "Boris Island." There are actually areas where we could cater for [the Government] in a much more sustainable manner in terms of investment in infrastructure."
More than 695,000 people used the Robin Hood Airport during the 12 months up to the end of March 2014 and current capacity is 2.3 million passengers a year. The cargo operation also reported a 23 per cent annual increase in the number of consignments in and out of the airport, a second successive year of growth.
Steve Gill concluded: "If you were planning on building an airport on a greenfield site, given how congested the UK is, then the site at Doncaster is an extremely good one.
"The length of the runway, the improving access and all the facilities that we have to go with that, gives us a true capability of developing in a sustainable manner."
Rotherham Business News - www.rothbiz.co.uk
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Visit The Northern Lights In New Flight From Doncaster Sheffield Airport:
Transun has announced a new one-off route to see the Northern Lights from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
It will be the first four-night trip from the Yorkshire airport to see the Aurora Borealis via Sweden.
The travel operator’s Arctic Spirit trip will depart from Doncaster Sheffield Airport on 7 January 2015, landing in Kiruna, the northernmost town in Sweden.
Travellers will visit a remote part of Lapland, with all the hotels and cabins on the official Northern Lights Route – now an officially designated journey by the Scandinavian Governments due to the intensity of the Aurora in the region.
The trip will include husky sleds and snowmobile rides, as well as a reindeer camp, forest trek and snow shoeing. There will also be an insightful talk about the Northern Lights by guest speaker and award winning astronomer Dr Stuart Clark.
Dr Clark has a PhD in astrophysics and gives lectures at literary and science festival across the UK as well as chairing Astrofest, the UK’s biggest astronomy conference.
Visiting the Northern Lights is available through Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The once-in-a-lifetime package is available at £699 per person.
Transun already provides a flight to the Northern Lights from Doncaster Sheffield Airport on November 28. This three-day excursion is via Enontekio in Finland.
Meanwhile, the operator offers a very popular day-trip to see Santa in Lapland, flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport on December 13.
Families will be able to enjoy an unforgettable search for Santa's secret hideaway, before making a private visit to talk with him in his cabin. Plus, there will be reindeer rides, snowmobiles and husky dog sleds.
Transun also offers an extended three-day ‘Sleigh Bells Ringing’ experience, which includes a reindeer sleigh ride, husky and snowmobile experiences and a private family meeting with Santa.
For more information regarding all the Transun packages available visit www.transun.co.uk
Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to more than 30 destinations. For more information visit www.robinhoodairport.com .
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DJ and TV Presenter Flies Out From DSA:
DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans chose to travel up from London by train (Friday 16th May) so that he could fly out to the Isle of Man from Robin Hood Airport.
FODSA members with Chris Evans before he flew out to the Isle of Man with LinksAir.
Before his flight was due to depart, and Chris being a big fan of the last remaining flying Vulcan in the world, he took a quick visit to see XH558 in her hangar at the airport.
Chris flew out from DSA with LinksAir to join his TV presenter and co-host Alex Jones to present the BBC One Show live from the IOM. The show was promoting and following the baton for the Commonwealth Games.
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Bucharest Latest Destination Added To Doncaster Sheffield Airport:
The Romanian capital Bucharest has become the latest city to be added to the growing list of destinations from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
Wizz Air has today (March 27) unveiled the new route from the Yorkshire airport with flights every Monday and Friday, starting from June 13. It will offer the only direct service outside of London.
Bucharest is Romania’s largest city, located in the southeast of the country, with more than 1.8 million residents. Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and eclectic architecture, combining vast communist buildings with art nouveau palaces and quaint old streets, Bucharest has become a popular weekend destination for travellers.
The Palace of the Romanian Parliament has a floor area of 360,000 square metres and holds the world record for the largest administrative building (for civilian use), as well as being the world’s heaviest building.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Wizz Air recently announced new flights to the Latvian capital Riga as the airline continues to expand its operations from Yorkshire.
More than 1.4 million people have flown from Doncaster Sheffield Airport with Wizz Air to accommodate the growing interest in Central and Eastern European destinations and also to support the Central and Eastern European population living and working in Yorkshire.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This new route to Bucharest is fantastic news for the region’s passengers. It will connect Yorkshire to a major European city which offers a great location for both leisure and business travellers. It also supports the local Romanian population who will welcome the new link.
“Wizz Air has shown great commitment to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, increasing the number of flights to destinations, improving travel times and adding new routes.
“With this new route we expect to have around 300,000 Wizz passengers a year flying from the airport. We look forward to developing this partnership further with the airline to provide a range of locations for people to visit.”
Daniel de Carvalho, spokesman for Wizz Air, added: "This new route to Bucharest, together with the route to Riga announced recently, underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Yorkshire region.
“Since starting at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2006 with just three weekly services to Katowice in Poland, Wizz Air now operates 22 flights per week to eight destinations - Riga in Latvia, Vilnius in Lithuania and Gdansk, Warsaw, Katowice, Poznan and Wroclaw in Poland and now Bucharest in Romania.
“We hope that the two new routes will also be an attractive option for people in Yorkshire to access these historic cities and learn more about the region.”
Doncaster Sheffield Airport provides flights to more than 30 destinations around the world.
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Robin Hood Airport Announces New Route To The European Capital Of Culture – Riga:
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced that it will open its Riga base with one new Airbus A320 on 19 June 2014. Coinciding with the delivery of the aircraft the airline will start operating 4 new routes from Riga to Barcelona, Doncaster Sheffield, Dortmund, Paris Beauvais, and increase frequencies on the services to London Luton and Oslo Torp.
Passengers can now head off to the beautiful Latvian capital of Riga thanks to a new Wizz Air route from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
The twice weekly flights (Mon and Fri) from the Airport to the increasingly popular city will start on June 20. Flights are on sale now.
Riga is known for its beautiful historical city centre and also holds the esteemed status of being a Unesco World Heritage Site. The city was named the European Capital of Culture 2014 and is the perfect destination for anyone looking for a diverse and inspiring weekend getaway.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted to be able to offer Yorkshire residents flights to Riga with Wizz Air.
“This is a real boost to our continued focused on delivering more and more value for money flights for the region's passengers. This new service with Wizz Air means that travellers can take advantage of some great low fares to a variety of destinations.
“Riga is a great city and we are confident that it will be very successful as a city break destination from the Yorkshire region”
Flights and packages are now available via www.robinhoodairport.com and www.wizzair.com .
Riga will host the bi-annual 2014 World Choir Games from 9–19 July 2014 that coincides with the city being named European Capital of Culture for 2014.
The event, organised by the choral foundation, Interkultur, takes place at various host cities every two years and was originally known as the "Choir Olympics".
The event regularly sees over 15'000 choristers in over 300 choirs from over 60 nations compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in over 20 categories. The competition is further divided into a Champions Competition and an Open Competition to allow choirs from all backgrounds to enter.Choral workshops and festivals are also witnessed in the host cities and are usually open to the public.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport - Riga - Starts 20th June 2014.
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Dream Caribbean Cruise Becomes A Reality:
Passengers’ plans to explore the Caribbean Sea on a 14-night cruise are no longer just a dream, thanks to Thomson Cruises!
Flights depart from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield on 10 March 2015 arriving in the lively Jamaican town of Montego Bay.
From there passengers will take in several coastal resorts located in Colombia, The San Blas Islands, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba and the Cayman Islands, before returning to Jamaica for the flight back to South Yorkshire on 24 March 2015.
The Thomson Cruises holiday will be on board Thomson Dream, a ship which can accommodate more than 1,500 customers. It has two swimming pools, four restaurants, six bars and 12 decks.
Customers will enjoy the Pride of Panama and Cuba Fusion itineraries over the 14-day sailing, visiting Montego Bay, Cartagena, San Blas, Colon, Puerto Limon, Playa del Carmen, Havana and George Town.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to join-up with our partners Thomson Cruises to offer this special cruise package for travellers.
“This is a very special tour which takes in some stunning places. Cartagena is Colombia’s second-oldest city and the only walled town in the Americas. There are 378 San Blas Islands, most of which have barely ever seen footfall, while Colon is the gateway to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, the Panama Canal! Then there is Havana, George Town, Montego Bay and more to take in and explore.
“The flight to join this cruise is a showcase that Doncaster Sheffield Airport can offer a number of special direct routes to some of the most amazing places in the world.”
Fraser Ellacott, Customer Operations Director for TUI UK & Ireland, said: “We are extremely excited about our itinerary portfolio for winter 2014/15 and have really listened to what our customers want. We also want to make it easier for customers to fly off on their dream cruise from their local airport so we are operating flights to join our cruises from as many regional airports as possible.
“Being the only UK cruise line to offer itineraries directly from Montego Bay as a home port, we know that the variety of the programme needs to be outstanding. I am confident that with the introduction of destinations like Panama, Cuba, Colombia and Costa Rica, we will have an extremely successful season and I can’t wait to see Thomson Dream based in this lively and vibrant port!”
The brand new home port for Thomson Dream means that customers can experience some exciting new tropical destinations right from their doorstep. No other UK or US cruise line offers as many visits to Havana and no other UK cruise line has as many Mexican ports of call.
The new itineraries for Thomson Dream available from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be ‘Cuban Fusion’ and ‘Pride of Panama’.
Holiday makers will enjoy visits to ports such as Playa del Carmen, famed for having Mexico’s best beaches; Havana, the Cuban city that never sleeps and is famous for its unique 1950s feel and cultural vibrancy.
Other calls off the beaten track include Colon, Panama which is a crumbling colonial district and is the gateway to one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Panama Canal; and San Blas in Panama where customers can experience the tropical islands and the vibrant Kuna tribe who inhabit them. One stop which really showcases the best of Latin America’s beauty is Puerto Limon in Costa Rica offering a blend of rainforests, wildlife and sun-baked sands.
Thomson Cruises offers a 14 night Pride of Panama & Cuban Fusion cruise on Thomson Dream from £1,669 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing a deck 4 or 5 inside cabin on a full-board basis, departing on 10 March 2015 from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Price includes return flights, transfers, port taxes, tips and service charges. For more information or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop, thomson.co.uk/cruise or call 0871 230 2800.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport provides flights to over 30 destinations around the world. For more information visit www.robinhoodairport.com
For more information on Thomson Cruises visit http://www.thomson.co.uk/cruise.html
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Major Boost For Robin Hood Airport:
A new Enterprise Zone site has been confirmed at Robin Hood Airport which will help attract new business and inward investment into Doncaster.
The 10 hectare site is part of an announcement today (11 March) by Government to increase the size of the Sheffield City Region’s Enterprise Zone by almost a half.
Warmly welcoming the news, Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “I made a commitment to deliver new jobs and economic growth in Doncaster and we are delighted with this announcement. I personally proposed and pushed very hard for the introduction of this Enterprise Zone, which will offer further incentives for investors and companies to choose Doncaster as a business destination. This is a huge vote of confidence in Doncaster and our economic growth plans.
“The Enterprise Zone will help us establish an economic growth corridor which will transform the south of Doncaster and be the catalyst for growth across the borough and the Sheffield City Region. It will help the airport expand, entice new industry to the area, and achieve my aims of more housing and ultimately more jobs.
“It is tremendous news for Doncaster and we will work closely with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to exploit all opportunities to develop the Enterprise Zone to build a strong and diverse local and regional economy.”
Today’s announcement follows extensive talks between local leaders and Government officials to negotiate the deal and will see Enterprise Zone expansions in other parts of the region as well as the new site at Doncaster’s international airport. The deal was brokered by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.
The new status will mean that businesses and investors can access significant Government tax incentives by locating in the designated area at the airport. This will be particularly useful for businesses in the manufacturing and engineering sectors which are being proactively encouraged into the region. It will also act as a catalyst for further investment in the site and be complementary to the infrastructure investment that is already going into the area.
Work has started on the new FARRRS link road from the motorway network to Robin Hood Airport and this will see a number of developments get off the ground like iPort - a strategic rail freight interchange which has the potential to create thousands of new jobs. FARRRS together with the new Enterprise Zone will enhance Doncaster’s logistics capacity and expertise and help the local economy to flourish.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “An Enterprise Zone at Robin Hood Airport is an excellent location to grow new businesses. The airport is a magnet for inward investment; and with the FARRRS link road now underway, and the airport business park now set to grow, this will be an exciting time for Doncaster and good news for employment in the borough.”
Peter Nears, Strategic Planning Director at Peel Holdsings (Land & Property) Limited, said: “This news is a significant development for Robin Hood Airport and our partners.
“Investors are already showing unprecedented interest in the area around the airport as completion of the new link road from the M18 gets closer and closer.
“Logistically, the Enterprise Zone is incredibly attractive because of its strategic location at the heart of the UK and its multimodal access, which now includes a dedicated Airport, excellent rail links to all ports and the rest of the UK, and direct access to the strategic highway network of the A1, M1 and M18.”
James Newman, Chairman of Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted that the Government has listened to local leaders and enabled us to expand our Enterprise Zone to include additional strategic sites, including the land next to Robin Hood Airport.
“Businesses have been attracted to join our modern manufacturing and technology community which offers outstanding transport connectivity, a highly-skilled talent pool and the best UK Government tax incentives available.
“Now that our expansion has been confirmed, the LEP will be working closely with partners to ensure that the new sites can boast our full package Enterprise Zone benefits including simplified planning, superfast broadband and global promotion at international events.”
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DONCASTER TO AUSTRALIA 747 CARGO STYLE.
DONCASTER SHEFFIELD AIRPORT (DSA) AIR CARGO CASE STUDY: BOEING 747-400: OUT-SIZED GOODS SUPPLIED TO AUSTRALIA IN JUST 5 WORKING DAYS:
On 21st January 2014, an Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 departed Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) bound for Perth, Australia. The story behind the shipment is a case study in how the DSA Air Cargo team provides fast, efficient and flexible services to companies with specialist, ad hoc air freight requirements.
Thursday 16th January: Enquiry Received and Quotation Provided
An enquiry is received concerning an urgent, large-scale shipment from Doncaster, UK to Perth, Australia. The 26.5 tonneload comprises 4 ‘Hagglund’ all-terrain vehicles and trailers, 4 sets of spare tracks and additional spares in case of vehicle breakdowns.
The vehicles are required by an oil company operating in Western Australia. The company needs to cross marshland to access a damaged pipeline that presents an environmental hazard and requires urgent repair – only the Hagglunds can do it.
The DSA air freight team – comprising the airport, Anglo World Cargo and Servisair – works closely to respond to the enquiry without delay.
Friday 17th January: Goods Received at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
The vehicles arrive at DSA’s transit shed where they are check-weighed immediately. They are then wrapped fully on site for REST (security) procedures to make the shipment ‘known’ for flight.
Monday 20th January: Checking and Packing
‘Dangerous goods’ checks are completed. The vehicles are then built onto 20ft aircraft pallets and each vehicle is secured with 20 straps.
Tuesday 21st January: Departure from DSA
With the load prepared ready for flight, the load master arrives and confirms that all paperwork is collated, with export licences and customs entries completed.
• At 20:50, the Atlas Air 747-400 lands at DSA
• Servisair then collects the shipment and loads it through the nose of the aircraft using a high loader
• The Atlas Air 747-400 departs DSA half an hour early for its travel to Australia
Wednesday 22nd January: 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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SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE
Robin Hood Airport Aviation Enthusiasts
HEAR OR SEE ANYTHING
IN OR AROUND
YOUR LOCAL AIRPORT
Even the smallest thing can be significant
Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Or call your local police on 101 - Quote Pegasus
Whilst enjoying your hobby you can assist in defeating terrorism and criminality.
Please report any activity you regard as being suspicious.
Report any reconnaissance of the airfield by unknown persons.
Your continued vigilance is essential in preventing terrorism and the deterrence of crime.
Please report any such activities immediately using the phone number(s) above.
Project PEGASUS is a joint initiative aimed at reducing the threat from organised crime and terrorism involving aircraft.
National Crime Agency—Border Force—South Yorkshire Police.
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