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'Over 7.5 million passengers have now flown from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield'.
KEN'S MONTHLY NOTES for JUNE 2014 out now. Pax at 80,939 is 0.1% down on last year. Latest Route News for 2014/15, Includes New Destinations for 2015 and latest updates. New Update from Wizzair. see 'Stats and Stuff' above, also - - see 'At the Airport' above.
INTERESTING MOVEMENTS for JUNE 2014 by Clive Featherstone. Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport during a very busy June 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 July/August 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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FODSA Day Trips:
On Sunday 28th September 2014 FODSA are organising a visit to RAF Museum Hendon - £23 all in, includes coach travel.
Situated on what used to be RAF Hendon. It holds over 100 aircraft in five themed aircraft halls. www.rafmuseum.org.uk
Open to members and non members – if you are interested or would like more information, please contact FODSA Social Secretary, Peter Hancock, on 01302 772455.
Out 'n' About :
Look out for a Turkish Delight arriving this afternoon! She has come and gone - but she will be back!
Details of current and planned roadworks for M18 & M180: www.robinhoodairport.com/airport-information/getting-to-and-from-airport/traffic-travel-news
New Update from Wizzair - see 'Stats and Stuff'
Press release from LinksAir:- http://www.linksair.co.uk/schools-out/
The 'Yorkshire Man of Steel' is here until the end of summer .
Drop Off' lane in front of the Terminal building now open - £1 for ten mins.
Short Stay Car Park now open.
Long Stay Car Park - please remember it is cheaper to pre-book your holiday parking at the airport on-line.
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Yorkshire Man of Steel Checks-In At Airport:
There was a special arrival checking-in at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield – the Yorkshire Man of Steel.
The four metre high sculpture will be on display within the terminal building at the Yorkshire airport to welcome passengers during the summer holidays.
It arrived at Doncaster Sheffield Airport after making an appearance at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, and other key destinations around the region, including Sheffield train station, Meadowhall, Magna and Sheffield Hallam University.
Steve Mehdi, creator of the Yorkshire Man of Steel, is locating the sculpture in prominent locations around the region to raise awareness of plans to build a 30-metre high version over-looking the Tinsley viaduct in Rotherham.
Passengers will be able to get close to the sculpture at Doncaster Sheffield Airport for photos and learn more about the Yorkshire Man of Steel project.
Steve Mehdi with his sculpture 'Yorkshire Man of Steel'.
As part of the completed sculpture, members of the public can, through a small donation to the project, add their name to what will be a 2.5 tonne heart sculpture which will sit inside the final version, allowing visitors to walk around and explore.
Steve said: “It’s fantastic to see the Yorkshire Man of Steel sit within Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Wherever it goes the sculpture attracts a lot of interest and it will be the same here as thousands of passengers pass through the airport.
“We want to create an iconic sculpture which will be seen by millions of people and become a landmark destination within the Sheffield City Region. Many of those visitors will travel into the area via the airport, so it is great synergy and brings a strong relevance for Doncaster to have more engagement with our landmark project.
“This is our opportunity to tell the world about Yorkshire Man of Steel, the history of industry in this region and what we are doing now to create a positive future. You never know, while he is here the Man of Steel might be tempted to enjoy a brief holiday somewhere such as Riga, Corfu or Belfast for a few days!”
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, added: “We are delighted to have the Yorkshire Man of Steel sculpture on display within the terminal building. He will be with us during the busy summer months and will undoubtedly become a unique attraction to the thousands of people travelling from the airport.
“When the world thinks of South Yorkshire, they think of the steel industry. This is still relevant today with the region a leading global location within the advanced manufacturing sector for delivering quality materials around the world.
“Looking positively forward to economic growth, increased tourism and higher skills is not only the vision of the Yorkshire Man of Steel, but what we are striving to achieve here at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”
Passengers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be able to take photos with the Yorkshire Man of Steel and anyone posting the images on social media should use #DSAManofSteel.
For more information about Yorkshire Man of Steel visit www.yorkshiremanofsteel.com .
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2Excel Aviation Oil Spill Response B727 First Visit - see 'Gallery'. Also, watch the video here> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXUAl76JcWk
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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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Yorkshire Flights Up and Running to European Capital of Culture
Flights direct to the Latvian capital of Riga are now up and running from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Passengers will board the first Wizz Air flight this evening (June 20) from the Yorkshire airport as the new twice weekly (Mondays and Fridays) route begins.
Riga, which is the European Capital of Culture for 2014, is becoming a popular destination for weekend breaks and also holds the esteemed status of being a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation at Doncaster Sheffield Airport with Rebeka Roze assistant manager of Rebeka’s Bistro.
The route between Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Riga is the only new UK flight to the Wizz Air base in Latvia.
To mark the launch of the flights, Rebeka Roze assistant manager of Rebeka’s Bistro in Doncaster presented a traditional Latvian honey cake to airport officials. Rebeka’s Bistro specialise in Latvian and Eastern European cuisine in the town.
Last week, Wizz Air flights to the Romanian capital Bucharest began from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The Yorkshire airport is firmly established as Wizz Air’s second largest UK base, operating a total of 22 flights per week to eight destinations including Vilnius in Lithuania and Gdansk, Warsaw, Katowice, Poznan and Wroclaw in Poland.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted to have the route to Riga up and running and continue our expansion of destinations with Wizz Air.
“The Latvian capital is an ideal location for a weekend break and it’s fitting that flights begin in the year Riga is named the European Capital of Culture, with hundreds of events taking place throughout 2014.
“Wizz Air has become an established and valued partner of Doncaster Sheffield Airport since it established a connection here in 2012. With flights to Bucharest also starting this month too, it’s been a busy period as more new destinations continue to be added offering passengers in the region even greater choice. We look forward to increasing this further in the coming years.”
Flights and packages are now available via www.robinhoodairport.com and www.wizzair.com
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Park For A Pound:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is offering a ‘Park for a Pound’ deal for all LinksAir passengers booking in June.
Travellers will get up to 48 hours parking for the special low rate when booking LinksAir flights to either Belfast or the Isle of Man from the Yorkshire airport.
There are no restrictions on arrival dates or flight times, only that the offer is valid for any trips to the destinations up to and including 31 October 2014 and that the flights are booked before 30 June 2014.
LinksAir passengers can use the offer for stays of up to a maximum of ten days and available through pre-booking at www.robinhoodairport.com , using the promotional code LINKS01.
For longer stays, a low daily rate will apply. The offer is valid in the Short Stay Car Park at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and is not subject to any booking fee.
LinksAir offers a twice-daily service on all weekdays and Sundays between Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Belfast.
The new business friendly service provides convenient flight times to arrive in Northern Ireland before 9am with a return flight available later the same day. The short 70-minute flight starts from £64 one-way including all government taxes and airport charges.
Flights to the Isle of Man by regional airline LinksAir from Doncaster Sheffield Airport are available on Mondays and Fridays. The route is the only one available to the Isle of Man from a Yorkshire airport.
Flights can be booked with immediate effect onwww.linksair.co.uk, via our customer services team on 0844 800 2411 or via your local travel agent.
Flight Bookings From DSA To Belfast Made Easier:
Passengers booking to fly from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Belfast on the new LinksAir route can now book through their travel agents and online agents including comparison sites.
UK Regional Airline, LinksAir, has signed up to a GDS system which opens up their booking system to allow travel agents to book directly for passengers.
Steve Gill, managing director of Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, said: “This is great news for passengers as booking has been made easier thanks to LinksAir’s move to appear on travel agent and online systems.
“Prior to this people could only book through the LinksAir site or through the customer services team but now there are more booking opportunities available to them.”
The Belfast and Isle of Man routes, which launched in April, were boosted recently when BBC presenter Chris Evans flew out from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the Isle of Man to present The One show.
Chris Evans boarding Linksair flight from DSA to the Isle of Man.
Roger Hage, LinksAir Commercial Manager, commented: “We are pleased with the response we’ve had to these new routes so far and want to make booking as easy as possible for our passengers.
“By signing up to the GDS system we have made accessing our flights even easier. Customers can book through both business and leisure travel agents, search online through booking engines and comparison sites such as Skyscanner and Opodo, through the LinksAir website or speak to us directly over the phone.”
Belfast flights run twice-daily on weekdays and Sunday departing from Doncaster at both 7.10am and 5.10pm daily Monday to Thursday, with a 10:45am and 5.10pm departures on a Friday.
Return services will leave Belfast City Airport at 8:45am and 6.45pm Monday to Wednesday and at 12:25pm and 6.45pm on Thursday and Friday. The Sunday service leaves Doncaster at 4:25pm with the return leaving Belfast City at 6:00pm.
An extra Sunday service starts on June 29, with a departure from Doncaster-Sheffield at 1.05pm, arriving Belfast at 2.15pm, the return leaving Belfast City at 2.45pm, arriving back into Doncaster-Sheffield at 3.55pm.
The new Isle of Man service operates on a Monday and Friday, allowing for short leisure breaks and business trips. It is the only route to the Isle of Man from a Yorkshire airport.
Further details about flights to both Belfast and the Isle of Man can be found on www.linksair.co.uk or calling the customer services team on 0844 800 02411.
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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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Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Is Continuing To See An Increase In Passenger Numbers:
More than 695,000 people used the Yorkshire airport during the 12 months up to the end of March 2014 – an increase of 2.4 per cent from the previous year.
The figures coincide with Doncaster Sheffield Airport announcing new routes to Belfast, Isle of Man, Riga and Bucharest for summer 2014, along with routes to Antalya and Zante recently announced for summer 2015.
The four new routes for 2014, combined with capacity increases on existing routes, will add more than 110,000 new seats from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the year ahead.
UK regional airline LinksAir has recently launched new flights to Belfast City and Yorkshire’s only service to the Isle of Man.
Meanwhile, Wizz Air has added routes to Riga and Bucharest and has firmly established Doncaster Sheffield as its second largest UK base. In total, Wizz Air operates 22 flights per week to eight destinations including Vilnius in Lithuania and Gdansk, Warsaw, Katowice, Poznan and Wroclaw in Poland.
Thomson and First Choice will also increase the number of destinations they serve from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to 20 with the announcement of weekly flights to Antalya and Zante starting next year.
In total Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to more than 30 destinations around the world.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are pleased to see passenger numbers continue to grow. A lot of hard work has gone into developing key relationships with airlines, both new and current, to maximise the potential of this fantastic airport.
“It is encouraging to see this activity starting to take fruition and with operators such as Thomson, Wizz Air and now LinksAir giving their support, it is recognition of the ambition being shown at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“As we continue to discuss with airlines the opportunity to better serve the Sheffield City Region and the enhanced access the new FARRRS link road from the M18 will bring, we hope to see more destinations and seat capacity being added in the future. We look forward to seeing strong growth in the 12 months ahead.”
The increase in passenger numbers follows a 23 per cent improvement in the amount of cargo being transported to and from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The figures demonstrated a second successive year of growth in cargo between April 2013 and March 2014.
For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.robinhoodairport.com.
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Thomson Announces Flight Expansion At Doncaster Sheffield Airport :
Thomson and First Choice will be increasing capacity at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield by 10,000 departing seats through the introduction of two new routes during summer 2015.
The international airport will offer once-a-week flights to Antalya in Turkey and the Greek island of Zante from May 2015 – two new routes for Thomson from South Yorkshire, taking the total amount of destinations provided by Thomson and First Choice from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to 20. The new routes are now on sale.
Thomson and First Choice have also added a second flight a week to the Tunisian destination of Enfidha due to the popularity of the route from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in recent years.
Local customers will have access to some of Thomson and First Choice’s most popular flagship hotels. These include the brand new for summer 2015 Thomson Sensatori Resorts in Ibiza and Turkey’s Dalaman region.
Meanwhile, the operator has added an extra flight to the Egypt resort of Sharm el Sheikh from October 2014 to run during the winter period. Sharm el Sheikh, situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, continues to be a popular location for tourists all year round.
Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer more seats for passengers through Thomson and First Choice during the coming winter and summer periods.
“The airline continues to show magnificent support for the airport, which is great news for the region. Flights to Antalya and Zante will be new destinations for summer 2015 from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and provide more choice for passengers.
“Changes to frequencies also mean increased flexibility with 7, 10, 11 and 14-night holidays available across a range of destinations.”
Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for Thomson and First Choice, added: “Adding additional capacity from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the introduction of new Turkish and Greek routes demonstrates our commitment to South Yorkshire and the local area, and following the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports, we know that the demand is there.
“Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.”
Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to more than 30 destinations around the world.
For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.robinhoodairport.com .
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport Sees Cargo Increase:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has seen a 23 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 between April 2013 and March 2014
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, through operator Anglo World Cargo, managed consignments involving more than 25 countries during the 12-month period, including Australia, Mali, USA and key European destinations such as France, Spain and Greece.
Dayle Hauxwell, Cargo Manager at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “The growth 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 compared with two years ago and this can only be positive news for the Airport and the regional economy.
“Having recently joined the team, I look forward to continuing this impressive growth throughout 2014 and beyond.”
Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo, added: “More and more companies are looking at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to distribute their products around the world. We have the means and capabilities to help them achieve that successfully.
“It’s great to see the work being put in by the Airport coming to fruition with these latest figures and we look forward to continuing this into the year ahead.”
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 the Antonov-225.
The figures have been announced as part of Export Week which runs between April 7 – 11 across the country.
For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.robinhoodairport.com
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ROUTES ONLINE - interview with CHRIS HARCOMBE - Head of Aviation Development Peel Airports Management:
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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.
Flights and packages to Bucharest and other European cities are now available at www.wizzair.com
For more information about Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.robinhoodairport.com
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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.
Flight Nos W6 2509/2510. Arrives 18.55, departs 19.25. Monday & Friday.
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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
Nationally we are seeing an increase in incidents whereby “laser pens” are being shone deliberately at aircraft, the aim apparently being to temporarily blind pilots. The potential consequences of doing this are, of course, horrific. There have been 2 recent occurrences in South Yorkshire, one involving our force helicopter. Can I request your members be especially vigilant in this regard. Should any such persons be seen, it would greatly assist if details of any vehicles involved are taken. Please report any such activities immediately using the phone number(s) below.
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.
Contact details –
If urgent – 999
Anti Terrorist Hotline – 0800 789321
Crimestoppers – 0800 555111
Dial 101 and state 'Project Pegasus'
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