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Latest News:

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

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

INTERESTING MOVEMENTS for APRIL 2015 by Clive Featherstone. Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport during one of the busiest March's we have seen. Includes Commercial, Bizz Jets, Props, Rotary and Military, see 'Stats and Stuff' - 'Interesting Movements'

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

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

Vulcan XH558 - All there is to know about her here > www.vulcantothesky.org

Ramada Encore' Hotel -The Hotel is ideally located within a few minutes walk from the main terminal at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.  Tel: 44 (0) 1302-718520

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Out 'n' About

The Last Flying Season For The Vulcan >  http://mxm.mxmfb.com/rsps/m/KmRIqhI8GkfUk7jIAOSwPx62EaENReo4bqQRqXmTlEs

Everything will in future be named TUI - read more here  http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/tui-group-confirms-demise-of-thomson-and-first-choice/

June Flight Schedule out now - see 'At the Airport'  NB. 2 ad hocs this month Small Planet to Verona and Transavia to Lourdes

See the latest Wizzair livery here > http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/6391846/

Listen to the 'Live 10th Anniversary Broadcast' from the Airport on 28th April >  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02p6b91

For the Latest FARRRS News Letter 3 visit > http://www.doncaster.gov.uk/farrrs

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Vital UK Aid Reaches Nepal From Doncaster Sheffield Airport:

An RAF C-17 aircraft and 2 commercial transport aircraft have arrived in Nepal delivering crucial water purification equipment, shelter and medical supplies, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

One of flights was loaded and operated from Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to be a part of the UK’s efforts in responding to the Nepal earthquake.
“It is great that we can fly the flag for Yorkshire and get vital aid to those who desperately need it in Nepal.”

                                                        

                                                                                     Silk Way Airline - Ilyushin, 4K-AZ100 IL-76 arrived DSA to pick-up aid for Nepal.

The flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport took more than 1,900 5-litre water purification jerrycans for use by Oxfam and heavy lifting machinery to help cargo move quickly through Kathmandu airport.
Justine Greening said: “These latest aid flights have delivered much-needed shelter and water treatment equipment into Kathmandu. These are vital to stop disease from spreading and to prevent an even bigger health crisis from emerging.
“The arrival of our specialist heavy lifting equipment will allow Kathmandu airport to unload aid cargo much more quickly and speed up the delivery of aid supplies across Nepal.”

The UK is playing a leading role in responding to the Nepal earthquake and is currently the largest donor to the relief operation. The UK’s humanitarian response now stands at more than £23 million and includes:
• £5.3 million for UN agencies in Nepal to coordinate the international relief effort and provide clean water and shelter for affected families;
• £3 million released under the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) to six charities and NGOs already working on the ground: Save the Children, Mercy Corps Scotland, Care International UK, ActionAid, Oxfam and Handicap International;
• £2 million for the British Red Cross;
• £5 million to match public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal which will support NGOs on the ground;
• a £5 million package to provide a further team of 30 trauma medics, logistical support and equipment to ease congestion at Kathmandu Airport and humanitarian experts in water, health and sanitation. DFID has also deployed a team of more than 60 UK International Search and Rescue responders and specialist rescue dogs;
• £2.5 million for the UN Humanitarian Air Service to enable organisations already on the ground to deliver aid to isolated areas. On top of this, DFID is deploying three RAF Chinook helicopters; and
• more than £300,000 for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to provide two Airbus 350 helicopters to get help to more remote regions.

                                                                                               

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, up to and including the Antonov-225.
Earlier this year Doncaster Sheffield Airport announced a 112 per cent increase in the amount of cargo it transports. The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the airport, show a second successive year of growth. The figures represent year on year from 2013 to 2014.

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY DSA,  28th April 2005 - 28th April 2015"

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield 10th Anniversary Celebration Dinner:

Due to open in January, the FARRRS dual carriageway will instantly double the Finningley site’s half-hour drive time catchment to 1m people and put 6m people an hour away.That is the same as its West Yorkshire rival which carried 3.3m passengers last year, compared to 725,000 in Doncaster.

             

Speaking at a dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary of commercial flights, managing director Steve Gill said he had a five-year plan based on a transformation in passenger numbers after the road opens.

He added: “We have a plan and we are ambitious, there’s no reason why we can’t be at the same level as Leeds-Bradford. The airlines will look at us very differently once the road is open.”

Owners Peel have ploughed £150m into the site - and a further £12m into the £56m road - after agreeing to buy it from the Ministry of Defence in 1999. The first commercial flight was on April 28 2005.

The recession grounded expansion plans, but it has bounced back, announcing 10 new destinations in the last year including a re-start of flights to North America. Now, bosses are predicting 20 per cent annual growth.

             

Peel Airports chairman Robert Hough said: “We have spent 10 years laying the foundations, airports are a long-term investment and we shouldn’t be hurried by short-term fluctuations in the economy. We are committed, our vision at the start was big and it is no different today. There are few, if any, constraints to expansion and I believe we will play a big part in the Northern Powerhouse.”

Jill Carter, director of retail at TUI - owners of Thomson and First Choice - said they could see the airport’s potential in 2003 and signed a long-term agreement with Peel, which has just been renewed.

She added: “It’s important the airport has the backing of the business community for such a key region for us.”

See FODSA evening celebrations at - 'FoDSA News'.

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

Our relationship with the airport is built around trust, honesty and integrity, we have a representative that sits on the Airport Consultative Committee and one that sits on the Airport Emergency Planning Committee. The FODSA volunteers commitment and enthusiasm is second to none.; we here at FODSA will continue with our support and assistance well into the future. We wish Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield all the success for the exciting times ahead.

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

                                           

 


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More Fantastic News From the Airport:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Passenger Numbers Soar At The Airport:

A Yorkshire airport is celebrating having recorded a significant growth in passenger numbers over the last 12 months.
Figures releases by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show that passenger numbers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport are up by 5 per cent year on year.
The Airport’s increase in passenger numbers is higher than the average national increase which stands at 4.3 per cent and sees the Airport take the top spot in the region for passenger growth.

A total of four new routes were introduced at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2014, including Belfast, Isle of Man, Bucharest and Riga with a further two announced for 2015 including Zante and the Slovakian city of Kosice.

In addition the airport’s ever popular routes such as Alicante, Las Palmas, Dalaman, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Poznan, Gdansk and Warsaw have all contributed to the overall rise in passenger numbers.

The CAA figures come in the year that the airport celebrates its 10th anniversary.

As well as the great news regarding passenger growth figures the airport has also been boosted by the news that the completion of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) is on schedule and set to be completed by January 2016.
FARRRS will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport and make the Airport even more accessible for passengers from across the region.

Steve Gill, managing director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to see an increase in our passenger numbers and it is great to see people taking advantage of everything that their airport has to offer.

“2015 is looking like it will be a great year for the airport as we have already announced our new route to Kosice, Slovakia with Wizz Air and we will also be introducing a new route to Zante in Greece. In addition Thomson and Wizz Air will be increasing capacity on their Tunisia, Riga and Vilnius routes respectively.
“Once people realise how accessible the airport and the destinations we fly to are, they are keen to fly local and support the regional economy.
“It is great to be able to offer our passengers a wide range of destinations to fly to and we are looking forward to continued growth.”

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New Resident in Hangar 1:

After recent refurbishment Hangar 1 receives its first aircraft resident since its old RAF days.

2Excel Aviation have moved across from Heyford House offices and have moved into Hangar 1 along with one of their B727-200 aircraft G-OSRA.

                                                   

                                                                                                                           Published after kind permission from 2Excel Aviation.

2Excel Aviation have based the B727-200(F) out of Doncaster/Sheffield for use on charter flights to locations around the world under the Anglo World Cargo brand. Anglo World Cargo also operates the cargo terminal at Doncaster/Sheffield Airport.

“The partnership with 2Excel is great news for the Airport and shows that the reputation of our cargo terminal and our provision of logistical expertise is growing worldwide," Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said. “The additional aircraft joining our cargo operations will enhance our international trade activity even further as the amount of freight being transported continues to increase, and this can only be positive news for the regional economy.”

2Excel Aviation is a sister company of T2 Aviation (Doncaster/Sheffield) jointly operating three ex-FedEx Express B727 freighters for cargo and oil spill response operations. For more information visit www.2excelaviation.com

                                                                     

                                                                                                                            Published after kind permission from 2Excel Aviation.

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Sees Cargo Increase:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has seen a 112 per cent increase in the amount of cargo it transports.

The figures, which represent the number of consignments in and out of the airport, show a second successive year of growth. The figures represent tonnage through the airport year on year for 2013 and 2014.
                                            

Doncaster Sheffield Airport, through operator Anglo World Cargo, managed a series of aid flights in November and December to Sierra Leone as part of the Government’s programme to help those affected by Ebola.

The flights, operated by Air Cargo Global for the Department for International Development (DFID), included equipment such as beds, mattresses and medical supplies for five field hospitals in Sierra Lone.

Dayle Hauxwell, Cargo Manager at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We were delighted to be a part of the UK’s efforts to help Sierra Leone defeat Ebola and we will continue to help in any way possible.

“The growth in our cargo activities is excellent and continued evidence that the Airport’s cargo terminal is enhancing its reputation around the world.

“The amount of freight being transported has increased significantly and this can only be positive news for the Airport and the regional economy.”

                                                                

Between October and December, the Airport saw eight B747-400s, one B747-200, one Antonov 225 and several smaller Antonov aircraft operate from the Cargo Terminal.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Cargo Terminal has the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of large cargo aircraft, such as the Antonov-225s. 

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New Doncaster Flights For Lapland Adventurers And Tenerife Sunseekers:

Thomson and First Choice introduce new route to Lapland and additional flight to Tenerife from Doncaster.
Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that winter 2015/16 will see the introduction of a day trip to Lapland and an additional flight to Tenerife from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The move is part of the UK’s leading holiday company’s strategy to ensure customers across the UK can fly from their local airport and stay at the best hotels in some of the most exciting destinations.
The additional capacity from Doncaster Airport to Tenerife on Thomson Airways will meet customer demand to this popular destination. Local customers will now have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels, such as Thomson Sensatori Resort Tenerife.
Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, said:
“Adding additional capacity to Lapland with a new day trip route from Doncaster, as well as the introduction of an additional Tenerife route, demonstrates our commitment to the airport and the local area. We know that the demand is there and we hope that expanding access will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said, “We are delighted that Thomson and First Choice have added to their current offering with us.
“We are sure that the day trip to Lapland will be very popular with our customers and the additional flight to Tenerife will help to meet the demand for that well liked route.
The additional flight to Tenerife will operate on a Monday.

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MORE GREAT NEWS FOR THE AIRPORT.....

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Flying High With New Long Term Deal:

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is today (16 December) celebrating signing a new long term deal with a leading travel company.

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has agreed a new contract with TUI UK & Ireland which will see the travel firm operating Thomson and First Choice holidays from the region for many years to come.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “This is fantastic news for the Sheffield City Region and a real cause for celebration.
“TUI UK & Ireland has been with the airport since day one and was instrumental in the opening of this huge asset for the region.
“Signing this contract is a huge sign of TUI UK & Ireland’s commitment to the region and their confidence in the airports growth strategy.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport returned to the ownership of Peel in 2013 and is part of Peel Airports Ltd which includes Liverpool John Lennon and Durham Tees Valley airports.

“TUI UK & Ireland’s confidence has been boosted by the progress in turning the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) from a dream to a reality. The new road will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport supporting development at the new Enterprise Zone and its other business parks,” added Steve.

There are expansive plans for the site thanks to the government announcement that Robin Hood Airport Business Park would be classed as an Enterprise Zone.

The site will eventually accommodate 2,000 engineering and manufacturing jobs, with hopes that once the land is occupied it will act as a catalyst for further investment, creating a further 2,500 jobs.

Karen Switzer, director of aviation planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to further cement our relationship with Doncaster Sheffield Airport. For us this is a long term commitment to the airport and to the Sheffield City Region.
“We recently visited the transformational new link road project and were impressed by the regeneration ambitions of the region.
“The new road will significantly improve access to the airport for passengers travelling from Sheffield and the surrounding boroughs. We look forward to welcoming the new customers to our holidays that this will bring.”

As well as assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the Doncaster Council led regeneration project has backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The main contractor for the works is Carillion. 

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Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Is Top For Customer Service:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which received national praise earlier this year being named the best UK airport by an annual Which? member survey, has now been recognised locally.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport won the Customer Service Award, at the annual Doncaster Business Awards, arranged by the Chamber of Commerce.

                                                                 

                                                                                                                     Part of the Doncaster Sheffield Airport team celebrating their success.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted to have won this award. Providing great customer service is a real team effort and involves every person in every role at the airport.

“We were delight with the accolade given to us following the Which? survey earlier in 2014 and this local recognition really is the icing on the cake.
“Our team works tirelessly to ensure that visitors to our airport have a good experience, this is no mean feat as travel can be a really stressful time for some. We are developing a credible track record for delivering exactly what passengers want from their regional airport over a number of years.

“Doncaster Sheffield Airport has continued to expand in 2014, with a growing customer base, expansion of existing routes and adding new destinations, and this is down to listening to our customers and taking their feedback seriously.
“For us it is returning customers and regular repeat business which provide a true indicator that our expected high levels of customer service are being achieved.
“We look forward to 2015 when we will continue to aim high in our delivery of excellent customer service and my thanks go to the team who have worked to deliver yet again in this area.”

The annual Doncaster Business Awards are arranged by Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and were presented this year by BBC’s Louise Minchin.

The event, which took place at Doncaster Airport, saw over 800 guests gathering to celebrate all that is good about Doncaster.
 
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Leading Travel Company Makes A Flying Visit to Yorkshire:

Senior representatives from TUI UK & Ireland, which operates holidays under its Thomson and First Choice brands, have paid a flying visit to Yorkshire to inspect work on a new road which will firmly place Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield at the heart of the city region.

The group had a bird’s eye view of progress on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) when they took a helicopter ride along the route.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “It was fantastic to be able to take TUI UK & Ireland to see the progress on this transformational project.
“The visit involved flying to Sheffield and following the journey travellers will take to get to the airport.
“Work is going well and the gateway to the city region project is on target to complete by January 2016.
“We were also delighted to talk about performance, growth plans and the future on this trip which was a clear indication of TUI UK & Ireland’s commitment to South Yorkshire.”

                                                         

L-R Paul Cooper, Manager Airport Negotiations TUI, Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Karen Switzer, TUI Director of Aviation Planning, Kate Stow Head of Marketing Peel Airports, Chris Harcombe, Head of Aviation Development Peel Airports.

FARRRS will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport supporting development at the new Enterprise Zone and its other business parks.

Thomson and First Choice holidays have been available from Doncaster Sheffield Airport for almost ten years and the company was instrumental in the opening of the Yorkshire transport hub in 2005.

Karen Switzer, director of aviation planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘To see the scale of the project and hear about the regeneration ambitions of all parties was very impressive.
“The link road will make a real difference to our customers from early 2016 and will undoubtedly draw more passengers to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”

As well as assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the Doncaster Council led regeneration project has backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The main contractor for the works is Carillion.

Further information on FARRRS is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/FARRRS
 
 
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City Region Business Give Airport Their Backing:

Business leaders from across the Sheffield City Region have given Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield their backing at a special advocacy event.

Representatives from the private sector including board members and the chair of the LEP, council leaders, chamber chief executives and representatives of many big businesses joined with Peel and the management team from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to officially launch the Airport Advocacy initiative.

Robert Hough, chairman of Peel Airports, who helped Liverpool John Lennon Airport grow from 200,000 passengers per annum to 5.8 million at its peak, welcomed the group and said: “Doncaster Sheffield Airport has so much potential and we are looking to businesses in the city region to work with the airport to help it reach that potential and in turn help the city region flourish.”

                                                                  

                                                                                                                     Chris Harcombe, Robert Hough, James Newman and Steve Gill.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We were delighted to welcome so many representatives from a range of businesses from across the Sheffield City Region to this event.

“Following the Peel Group’s re-acquisition of the airport in early 2013 we set out plans to deliver an airport that meets the needs of the city region. We have invested significantly and made great progress in the last 18 months.

“We’ve seen the start of construction of the new airport link road which will significantly improve access to the airport from the city region and have been named the UK’s best airport for customer service.

“This was a great opportunity for us to share the airports aspirations and update the business community about what we are doing to deliver global connectivity for the city region.”
Businesses heard about how they could get involved with the airport through the advocacy initiative and help to contribute to the region’s future prosperity.

James Newman, chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, told the group that Doncaster Sheffield Airport had the full backing and support of the LEP and he said: “For a city region to prosper it needs a successful airport. We can help the airport to achieve its potential by adding our voice and support in this new advocacy initiative.

“The new road will improve connectivity to the Sheffield City Region and with the voices of the airport advocacy group be a real pull for airlines to look at bringing their business to the airport.”
The advocacy group will see businesses working closely with the airport to act as ambassadors, share data regarding their current business travel needs and add their voice of support in discussions with airlines.

Businesses wishing to hear more about the advocacy initiative should email aviation@peelairports.com . For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.robinhoodairportbusiness.com  

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World’s Largest Aircraft At Robin Hood Airport: 

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

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


                   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.dsa-cargo.com
 

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Tops UK Customer Satisfaction Survey:

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has topped an independent national survey for customer satisfaction.

The Yorkshire airport was ranked joint top in the annual Which? member survey of UK airports after scoring an impressive 85 per cent customer score.

Which? assessed airports on areas that matter the most to consumers, including pick-up and drop-off, seating provision, queues at security, passport control and baggage reclaim.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport achieved five-star ratings in four key categories, specifically around queues, space around security, seating provision and distance to boarding gates.

It was the highest placed airport in the north of England after finishing top alongside a south-based airport in the national rankings.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This is excellent news. We are developing a credible track record for delivering exactly what passengers want from their regional airport over a number of years.

“It’s been a tough time for the aviation industry, but Doncaster Sheffield Airport has continued to expand, with a growing customer base, expansion of existing routes and adding new destinations, and this is down to listening to our customers and taking their feedback seriously.

“The surveys are a good pointer to showcase we are doing things right, however, it is returning customers and regular repeat business which is a true indicator that our expected high levels of customer service are being achieved.”

In 2012, Doncaster Sheffield Airport won the Best Small Airport in a Which? survey. More than 8000 members were asked to rate their satisfaction with and likelihood to recommend a UK airport they had used in the previous 12 months.

It has consistently been in the top three of this same award for the last six years and also previously won Best Airport at the Customer Service Awards by Holiday Extras and Thomson Airways, Going for Gold.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd, said: “The message from travellers is clear – larger airports continue to let people down on the basics, from baggage reclaim to food outlets. People deserve an enjoyable break without any stress, so we want to hear from consumers so that we can help to stop the holiday hassles.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to more than 30 destinations around the world.

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DONCASTER TO AUSTRALIA 747 CARGO STYLE.

DONCASTER SHEFFIELD AIRPORT (DSA) AIR CARGO CASE STUDY: BOEING 747-400: OUT-SIZED GOODS SUPPLIED TO AUSTRALIA IN JUST 5 WORKING DAYS: 

On 21st January 2014, an Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 departed Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) bound for Perth, Australia. The story behind the shipment is a case study in how the DSA Air Cargo team provides fast, efficient and flexible services to companies with specialist, ad hoc air freight requirements.
Thursday 16th January: Enquiry Received and Quotation Provided
An enquiry is received concerning an urgent, large-scale shipment from Doncaster, UK to Perth, Australia. The 26.5 tonneload comprises 4 ‘Hagglund’ all-terrain vehicles and trailers, 4 sets of spare tracks and additional spares in case of vehicle breakdowns.
The vehicles are required by an oil company operating in Western Australia. The company needs to cross marshland to access a damaged pipeline that presents an environmental hazard and requires urgent repair – only the Hagglunds can do it.
The DSA air freight team – comprising the airport, Anglo World Cargo and Servisair – works closely to respond to the enquiry without delay.
Friday 17th January: Goods Received at Doncaster Sheffield Airport
The vehicles arrive at DSA’s transit shed where they are check-weighed immediately. They are then wrapped fully on site for REST (security) procedures to make the shipment ‘known’ for flight.
Monday 20th January: Checking and Packing
‘Dangerous goods’ checks are completed. The vehicles are then built onto 20ft aircraft pallets and each vehicle is secured with 20 straps.
Tuesday 21st January: Departure from DSA
With the load prepared ready for flight, the load master arrives and confirms that all paperwork is collated, with export licences and customs entries completed.

• At 20:50, the Atlas Air 747-400 lands at DSA

• Servisair then collects the shipment and loads it through the nose of the aircraft using a high loader

• The Atlas Air 747-400 departs DSA half an hour early for its travel to Australia

Wednesday 22nd January 2014: Arrival in Perth, Australia
After taking a stop in Dubai for crew change and fuel, the aircraft lands in Perth.
The vehicles arriveon site that same afternoon, ready to repair the damaged pipeline and prevent further environmental damage.
The goods were delivered on site in Western Australia within 5 working day of initial contact. The case study provides a typical example of the speed, flexibility and service available to specialist air freight customers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
 
 

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Filming took place at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield for part of a pop video of the young rising star Jake Bugg.

                                                                                             

Jake Bugg is a singer songwriter from Clifton, Nottingham. He started playing guitar age 12 and appeared at the Glastonbury Festival 2011 on the BBC Introducing stage when he was 17. His songs have appeared on various BBC Radio play lists and one, "Country Song", has been used in a 2012 Greene King IPA beer advert on UK national TV. On 22 May 2012, Jake Bugg appeared on the BBC music programme Later with Jools Holland. His work is influenced by Bob Dylan, Oasis, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Donovan.

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