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'Over 7 million passengers have now flown from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield'.
KEN'S MONTHLY NOTES for OCTOBER 2013 out now. Latest Route News for 2013/14 - New Flights, New Airlines and much more interesting facts see 'Stats and Stuff' above, also - Revised Winter 2013/14 Schedule & Summer Schedule 2014 out now - see 'At the Airport' above.
INTERESTING MOVEMENTS for NOVEMBER 2013 by Clive Featherstone. Catch up with the aircraft flying in, out and around the airport during a busy November. Includes Commercial, Bizz Jets, Props, Rotary and Military, see 'Stats and Stuff' - 'Interesting Movements'
NOW UPDATED as from 31st December 2012, Clive Featherstones 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 2013, presented a month in advance. You can find the December 2013 Flight Schedule now on 'At the Airport' section above.
Vulcan XH558 - All there is to know about her here > www.vulcantothesky.org
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Airport Seeks Views of Regional Business Community to Boost Growth :
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is launching a regional wide business survey, to obtain feedback on business travel trends in order to gage future route opportunities for travellers within the Sheffield City Region.
The results of the business survey will play a major part in the vision, strategy and business plan for the airport for the next five years.
The airport is working in partnership with RDC Aviation, the regional Chambers of Commerce and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the survey.
This is part of a major programme of research that Doncaster Sheffield Airport has commissioned since The Peel Group’s re-acquisition of the airport earlier this year.
Steve Gill, Managing Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “Our primary objectives for the survey are to improve connectivity for businesses within the city region, to help businesses grow and to attract further investment for the Sheffield City Region as a whole.
Ultimately, long term improved connectivity will have a positive impact on both business and tourism in the City Region.
The survey will help the airport define our growth plan for the coming years and allow us to fulfil our potential.
Steve added: “The survey really seeks to understand the key markets for businesses, how they currently travel and the kind of services they want to see in the future.
“We want the survey to provide our current and prospective airlines with a better understanding of businesses across the region.
“Our message to the airlines is clear – that our airport is situated in a real heartland of major businesses. The local business community plays a key role in proving that there is a sustainable market in the Sheffield City Region.
“We are really looking forward to engaging with businesses across the region and hearing their opinions.”
Dan Fell, Deputy Chief Executive of the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, commented: ““The Chambers of Commerce across the City region are delighted to support this research project. Doncaster Sheffield Airport remains one of the biggest opportunities for our regional economy and the local business community is desperate to see the airport grow and thrive.
“Doncaster Sheffield Airport has enormous potential to support international business travel and freight activity whilst, at the same time, supporting tourism and inward investment. Critical to the realisation of those opportunities is understanding what the business customer wants and delivering against those needs.
“The Chambers therefore recognise this research as a vital piece of work and would encourage all businesses in the region to respond as, in the medium term, it will help to ensure growth and success at Doncaster Sheffield Airport which will, in turn, support the growth of the local economy.”
Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Chairman James Newman added:
“I hope that local business people take advantage of this opportunity to help shape the future of air travel in the Sheffield City Region.
“Enhancing connectivity to the rest of the world and maximising the economic opportunities associated with Doncaster Sheffield Airport are an important part of our Growth Plan, which sets out our ambitions to stimulate economic growth and create 70,000 jobs in the Sheffield City Region over the next decade.
“The LEP recognises that Doncaster Sheffield Airport has huge potential for growth and we hope that this research will help the airport to better understand and meet the changing needs of local business people.”
As a thank you to everyone who responds to the survey, they will be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to Warsaw courtesy of Wizz Air.
All responses to the business survey will be treated in the strictest confidence. To take part in the airport’s business survey visit www.robinhoodairport.com
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Dashing Through the Skies this Christmas:
South Yorkshire folk heading for a Christmas getaway will be dashing through the skies not the snow this December from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
The Yorkshire airport is once again gearing up for the great Christmas and New Year ‘getaway’ with around 18,000 passengers expected to pass through the terminal building over the holiday period (20 Dec – 3 Jan).
The traditional Christmas getaway is expected to start mid December with the majority of schools finishing for the holidays and passengers heading off on flights from Doncaster to seek winter sun, visit relatives, go skiing or look for Christmas and New Year festivities across Europe.
With 14 destinations on offer from the Airport over December, popular destinations for passengers departing from the Airport this Christmas and New Year are expected to be a mix of Winter Sun Mediterranean and Canary resorts, skiing holidays in Italy and city breaks to Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Vilnius.
To ensure a smooth send off over the festive season, Airport Management are reminding all passengers of the security restrictions that still apply, and are urging passengers to think carefully about what items they are intending to pack in hand luggage - especially those who are travelling with presents for friends and relatives.
All items in hand luggage including wrapped Christmas presents are subject to search as part of the current aviation security measures that are in place at all UK Airports. To avoid disappointment at the security search point and to help keep queues to a minimum, passengers are being asked to travel with their presents unwrapped if they are to be carried in hand luggage.
Restrictions on carrying liquids through security are also still in place. Liquids, gels and aerosols can be carried in individual 100ml containers which fit comfortably in a re-sealable clear bag no larger than 20cm x 20cm. However, passengers are advised to put liquids and unwrapped liquid presents such as perfumes, alcohol and toiletries within their hold luggage before checking-in.
Each passenger is limited to one item of hand luggage through the security screening point; a maximum size of 56cm x 45cm x 25cm. Unwrapped Christmas presents and items such as hand bags, must fit within the hand luggage bag and are not allowed to be carried separately.
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “The choice of affordable flights to a number of destinations from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, means that we expect the Christmas and New Year period to once again be one of the busiest during the year and we are anticipating thousands of passengers to use the airport throughout December.
“To keep queuing times to a minimum we’re asking passengers to come prepared and to think about what they are carrying in their hand luggage.
“We want all our passengers to enjoy the start of their journey particularly at this time of year and with a bit of forward planning we hope passengers will get their Christmas holidays off to a great start.”
Flights and packages available via www.robinhoodairport.com
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Christmas is All Wrapped Up at Robin Hood Airport:
Many parcels heading across the globe this Christmas are setting off from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. Anglo World Cargo, based at the airport, is all ready for the influx of parcels and presents that will be sent and delivered worldwide from their Doncaster base.
Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo said: “We are gearing up for a busy Christmas with people sending parcels to family and friends across the globe from Doncaster.“We offer a full UK service and our shipments are fully tracked from door to door with a proof of delivery. We also send parcels across the globe. This is an all year round service but as you can imagine we get busier around the festive period.”
Gary Winterman - Managing Director of Anglo World Cargo.
Anglo has regular clients who they deliver parcels for across the UK but also offer a worldwide service. The company recently delivered communication equipment to a news reporter in Russia, after he’d lost a key part and have even delivered a manikin to Australia for a photographer.
“This service is for everyone. If you have parcels to send in the UK or overseas this Christmas we can help. We are often up to 25 percent cheaper than some of our competitors and unlike some delivery services we won’t be facing industrial action. Sending gifts abroad can often cost more than the actual gift itself. We are happy to quote for any delivery and our aim is to save people money,” added Gary.
Anglo World Cargo’s motto is anything to anywhere and they are looking forward to delivering on this slogan this Christmas.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “This is a busy time of year for Gary and his team. There will be all sorts of parcels flying in and out of the airport making people’s Christmas day extra special by receiving gifts from loved ones overseas.”
For more information on sending parcels to the UK or abroad from Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.angloworldcargo.co.uk or call 01302 623063.
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Poland Packaged Up with Wizztours.com and Robin Hood Airport:
Passengers travelling from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield with Wizz Air are set to benefit from a new online travel platform which will provide a one stop shop for package holidays to Poland.
Wizz Tours, powered by Wizz Air, has now launched online and is open for bookings for package holidays on wizztours.com.
Wizz Tours has been launched to bring more convenience and savings to holidaymakers, by pairing Wizz Air’s low fares to many international destinations with accommodation in over 30,000 hotels and resorts to offer great value holiday packages.
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield fly to a number of destinations across Poland including Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw.
Wizz Tours is a fully online travel agent. Keeping Wizz Tour’s business online keeps costs low for consumers. Wizz Air have demonstrated this with their popular low fares which rely on the internet as a consumer and budget friendly distribution channel.
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “It’s great news for our passengers travelling to Poland that they are now able to book package holidays online with wizztours.com
“Our Polish routes are extremely popular, especially as they offer great value for money.
“We have an excellent partnership with Wizz Air and I am sure that wizztours.com will be very successful. We wish them well in their new venture.”
Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager, said: “For the very first time Wizz Air’s low fares can be now enjoyed as part of a Wizz Holidays package, giving consumers more a more convenient option than if they buy their flights and accommodation separately.
“We believe Wizz Air and Wizz Tours are Hungary’s best choice for low fares and great holidays.”
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Fly to see Father Christmas from Robin Hood Airport:
With less than 40 days until Christmas, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield are offering passengers a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend a day in Santa’s Lapland.
The airport has teamed up with Transun to offer a magical trip to Lapland on Wednesday 18th December.
The package gives travellers the opportunity to ride snowmobiles, husky sleds and reindeer sleighs - and, of course, a trip to Lapland wouldn’t be complete without a private family meeting with Santa in his cabin, which is hidden in the woods.
The exciting daybreak will depart from the airport at around 7.30am and return later in the evening – allowing passengers to be home in time for supper!
Departures fly to Enontekio in Finland – an airport in a remote wilderness location, which satisfies Transun’s aim to operate in authentic Lapland locations, far from mass-market commercialised resorts. For every three adults travelling a free child place is available and for every two adults a child can travel half price.
Transun’s James Crawshaw said: “Transun is delighted to be flying from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2013. We have the UK’s largest Lapland day programme and are pleased we can run this magical daybreak once more to those living in the South Yorkshire area.’
Steve Gill, Managing Director of the airport added: “We are pleased Transun has chosen to operate this special Santa trip from Doncaster Sheffield Airport again: with its emphasis on Festive magic, this is unlike any other flight from the airport this winter.”
Established in 1982, Transun is an independent tour operator offering a selection of charter departures to Lapland from the UK.
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Airport Cleans Up as Award Finalist:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is celebrating having been shortlisted as a finalist at the Golden Services Awards 2013.
The airport, in partnership with its cleaning contractors Initial, were finalists in the category of Best Cleaned Premises –Transport Terminal.
The Golden Service Awards 2013 is the cleaning industry’s premier event. Organised in partnership with the Cleaning and Support Services Association (CSSA), the awards recognise service excellence and provide a benchmark for quality and a means of identifying organisations as leaders in the field.
The awards are also an opportunity to promote the excellent work carried out by cleaning teams and are acknowledged internationally as a hallmark of quality.
Lorraine Daffern, Head of Terminal Services and Security at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We were delighted to have been a finalist at these prestigious awards.
“We pride ourselves on our cleaning services in all areas of the airport terminal and to have received national recognition is fantastic.
“It is a real boost for all our staff to have been shortlisted and it indicates what an excellent job they do.”
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FARRRS Construction site photos - see 'Gallery'
NEW ROAD SET TO BRING AIRPORT EVEN CLOSER:
Centre left: Paul Cooper, Airport Negotiations Manager for Thomson and First Choice with Steve Gill from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and TUI crew members.
Passengers from Sheffield will soon be within 25 minutes of Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield as work has started on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS).
Improved access to South Yorkshire’s Airport is now one step closer since work began in October on the much anticipated new link road.
FARRRS will see a new link road from Junction 3 of the M18 serve the south-east of Doncaster, making a trip to the airport even easier for those travelling from all areas including Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and further afield.
The new road will reduce journey times for airport passengers and cargo operators from Sheffield by up to 15 minutes. The improvements in journey time will also lead to less carbon emissions and relieve congestion on some roads in the area.
Steve Gill, Managing Director for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted that the development of the new road has begun.
“This is fantastic news, not just for the airport but for the region. In the long term this development could lead to the creation of over 20,000 jobs and the investment of over £1.5bn. This will be a transformational project.
“FARRRS will bring an additional 0.5 million people within 30 minutes of Doncaster Sheffield Airport and an additional 1 million within the 60 minute drive time, taking the total catchment to over 6.2 million.
“From day one Doncaster Council understood the strategic importance of this road to the region and how it can help the airport realise its potential and so we are delighted to see work commence. The delivery of this much needed infrastructure will truly place the airport at the heart of the region, helping to position Doncaster Sheffield Airport as the natural airport of choice for passengers and freight operators.”
The road is a critical component in the drive to further develop airport connectivity which will act as a catalyst in the continued development of Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region.
Paul Cooper, Airport Negotiations Manager for Thomson and First Choice - the biggest tour operator out of Doncaster Sheffield airport - said: “Anything that makes holiday makers journeys to the airport easier is fantastic for us as a company. We are really proud to offer a wide variety of holidays from regional airports such as Doncaster Sheffield, as we know how important it is for customers to have the option to fly from their local airport. With the addition of this new road, our customers are able to jet away to sunnier climes without the added hassle of a long drive to the airport!”
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Remembering the Fallen:
An Armistice Day memorial service was held at Robin Hood Airport where wreaths were laid and prayers said, conducted by the airport chaplain Rev Neil Redeyoff. FODSA members stood alongside airport management and staff, paused in silence to remember the nation's war dead and reflect on the sacrifices made by servicemen and women. 'The baton of remembrance passed on once more'.
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Article from the Yorkshire Post: From Donny with love, - see 'Other News'
Durham Tees Valley Repositions After Business Review: see 'Other News'
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Bears in the Air at Robin Hood :
The next time you jet off for a family holiday at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield make sure your children bring their most prized possession – their teddy bear!
Noah and Erica checking in Sonic and Bobbie at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
Children travelling with Thomson Airways from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will have the opportunity to ‘check-in’ their teddies and receive a special boarding card which they can exchange for a Very Important Buddy (VIB) tag at the boarding gate. New for this year, children will also receive a special VIB passport enabling them to detail their important travel details and complete lots of activities – they even get a VIB sticker for their teddies.
The airline hopes that the introduction of the Very Important Buddy passport will help children keep track of all the exciting places they have been with their teddies, as well as documenting their trips away with Thomson.
Steve Gill, Managing Director at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, said: “We are a very family friendly airport and it is great news that Thomson is offering this extra special service to our young passengers. “I am very much looking forward to seeing our young travellers arriving at the airport with their teddy bears and watching their delight when they receive their Very Important Buddy passports. I am sure they will keep them as a special reminder of their holiday and flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”
Carl Gissing, Director of Customer Service for Thomson Airways, added: “As a family friendly holiday company, we have been delighted to see the success of the VIB service and were keen to find ways to refresh it. “We always like to make a fuss of children travelling on our holidays, both in resort and on their flight, so extending our VIB programme to include the new passport was a great way to keep track of their cuddly companion’s travels. Not only will the children continue to travel in the knowledge that their beloved bears are safe and well, the passport will provide entertainment for the child whilst on board our aircraft.”
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CARGO GROWTH FOR SOUTH YORKSHIRE’S AIRPORT:
Cargo continues to grow at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield with figures showing over a hundred percent increase so far this year. In addition, September 2013 is up 36.4% on the same month in 2012. The airport is putting this success down to the strategic partnerships it developed last year and is aiming to move in excess of 400 tonnes of cargo per annum.
Steve Gill, managing director said: “It is great to be able to report a constant rise in our cargo business. “Cargo is seen as a catalyst for developing the region’s logistics presence and putting Doncaster firmly on the map as a can do location and centre of excellence for logistics “Our partnerships Anglo World Cargo, experts in the freight industry and Weston Aviation, who have a proven track record for attracting business aviation, cargo flights and ad-hoc charters, have enabled us to attract more companies to use this fantastic South Yorkshire facility.
“Our facility has already been welcomed positively in the marketplace as a viable contender to other major freight airports within the UK"
"Doncaster Sheffield Airport is now providing a product that is both facilitating and developing the movement of freight to and from the Yorkshire, Humber and Midlands regions".
"The airport’s Cargo Terminal consists of 55,000 sq ft of operational space and is equipped with a full range of equipment and facilities capable of handling any aircraft. This, coupled with the airport’s 2893m runway, means that Anglo World Cargo have the ability to handle all aspects of airfreight from the smallest parcel to bespoke charters of the largest cargo aircraft, up to and including Antonov-225’s”.
“Cargo is a real growth area for us and we are determined to build on this success. Future developments such as the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS), a direct link road to the motorway network means that soon the airport will be even more accessible.
“The FARRRS project will add further weight to the proposition and will create a fantastic multimodal facility with road, rail, air and sea coming together. Air Freight has always been a major part of the airports strategy and we are delighted by our partners’ proactive and dedicated approach. We believe we can offer the marketplace a cost effective and flexible solution to moving airfreight in and out of the UK. In addition, we look forward to working with the Sheffield City Region’s successful manufacturing and logistics sector to help local businesses export effectively”.
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Airport Flying High with Two Award Nominations:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has been shortlisted for two prestigious regional business awards.
The Airport has been shortlisted for the ‘Excellence in Customer Service Award’ and the ‘Success Through Partnership Working Award’ at the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce awards, which are due to take place in December.
Now in its 15th year the Doncaster Business Awards, sponsored by Brewster Pratap, showcase the achievements of Doncaster businesses at one of the most prestigious awards ceremony in the region. The thirteen Business Award categories are open to businesses of all sizes and sectors and celebrate the best of Doncaster.
The customer service award recognises a business that truly has the customer at the very heart of its business, whilst the performance through partnership category acknowledges an organisation’s ability to seek out and develop partnerships that move beyond normal commercial relationships. The management team at the airport believe they have been very successful in both categories over the past year.
The award nominations follow the Airport’s recent accolade of being voted as one of the top three airports in the country following a survey by Which? Members.
Steve Gill, Managing Director said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for both awards as they acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our team here at the Airport.
“We pride ourselves on delivering the very best levels of customer service to every single passenger who uses the airport. Our aim is to be the “Airport of choice” for the consumer and we know that to achieve that we have to be at the top of our game in the way we treat our customers.
“Part of our growth strategy has been to develop key strategic partnerships that deliver real added value for all partners, customers and stakeholders.
“It is great to receive recognition in these two key areas of our business and we are looking forward to the award ceremony in December.”
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Summer on sale at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield:
It may be cold and miserable outside, but at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield the sun is shining as the airport has launched its summer 2014 programme.
TUI, Thomas Cook and Balkan Holidays have all released their summer flights and passengers can enjoy travelling to 19 different destinations next summer including Palma, Tenerife, Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Dalaman, Sharm El Sheikh, Paphos, Corfu, Tunisia, Turkey and Bulgaria.
For those early birds planning their summer 2014 holidays Thomson have launched a low family deposit scheme for all routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport. For Just £100 per adult or £250 per family for 2 adults and up to 4 children, passengers can secure their holiday and look forward to their sunshine getaway.
Steve Gill, Managing Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “ As the nights are starting to draw in, we all need some sunshine to look forward to and we are delighted to launch our summer 2014 programme.
“It is great to be able to offer our passengers a wide range of destinations to fly to for summer 2014 and we have been working hard to deliver this.
“The variety of destinations of we fly to really do offer something for every type of holidaymaker from family friendly locations to tourist hotspots, party capitals to quiet romantic breaks.
“We have recently seen an increase in our passenger numbers and it is great to see people taking advantage of everything the airport has to offer.
For more information visit www.robinhoodairport.com
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Enjoy a very Merry Christmas with a trip to Poland’s magical markets:
The traditional charms of Europe’s annual Christmas markets are proving to be even more of a draw for Brits than usual with reports showing a year-on-year increase for the festive trips.Every year thousands of UK residents fly to Europe to experience the historical and magical Christmas Markets.
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Visiting the European Christmas markets is a great way to start the festive season.“Some of these markets are hundreds of years old and you get the chance to soak up the history while buying Christmas gifts with difference.
“Poland offers a number of fantastic Christmas markets with specialty food and Polish carols, and a real possibility of a ‘white Christmas Market experience’. Some of the biggest markets take place in Warsaw, Gdansk and Katowice.
“Flights from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield direct to these Polish cities with Wizz Air make these holiday festivities closer than you think.”
The Christmas markets in Poland provide a great opportunity for a winter short break. The lights and decorations make these beautiful towns and cities even more memorable and traditional Polish gift items including jewellery from the region, handmade crafts, and Polish Christmas decorations are all on offer. Mulled wine and cherry vodka will help to warm up visitors who are on the lookout for treasures by local artists and craftsmen.
“The atmosphere is a joy to be part of and is brought to life by the musicians who take to the street, Christmas carol concerts, and folk dances shows,” added Steve Gill.
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline connecting Western and Eastern Europe, currently operates to six Eastern European destinations from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, including Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland and more recently to Vilnius in Lithuania. www.robinhoodairport.com
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Humanitarian Assistance Training Symposium by Dr Lucy Easthope LLB MSc MEPS:
FODSA attended a Humanitarian Assistance Training Symposium organized through DMBC Emercency Planning Department, and run in conjunction with the airports Emergency Planning Committee of which FODSA has a representative.
The venue was held in the Robin Hood Airport's Vulcan Lounge on Wednesday 16th October and was well attended by multiple agencies.
Lucy Easthope is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the University of Lincoln, Teaching Fellow in Mass Fatalities and Pandemics at the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath and a guest lecturer on emergency management programmes at the Universities of Leicester, Huddersfield, Dublin City and Coventry. She is also an Affiliate Researcher at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand. Her consultancy and research areas focus on communities after disaster and the care of survivors, the bereaved and the deceased after disaster.
Lucy Easthope is also a consultant and lecturer at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College specialising in Mass Fatalities Planning, Disaster Victim Identification, Legal aspects of Emergencies and Community Resilience and Recovery. Lucy has developed contingency plans, training programmes and exercises with a number of organisations including airports and airlines, government bodies, charities, universities and police services.
She has also participated in the response to major incidents including aviation disasters, the Bali terrorist attacks, and the operations at Brize Norton during the military campaign in Iraq. She has a special interest in the care and return of personal effects after disaster, writing and advising internationally on this subject. Her further research interests include the effectiveness of legislation in the field of emergency management and the human aspects of risk management, insurance and business continuity processes.
She presents regularly and engagements include presentations to survivors of the New Zealand earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, FEMA, Chinese government representatives, the Metropolitan Police and the American Academy of Forensic Science. She publishes regularly on all issues relating to emergency management and sits on a number of UK government working groups relating to emergency management development.
Lucy has a law degree from the University of Bristol, an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester and a PhD awarded by Lancaster University. As part of her doctorate research she has been conducting ethnographic research into community recovery after flooding in Doncaster since 2007.
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MORE THAN 200 PETS TAKE FLIGHT IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Doncaster is proving a hit with dogs, cats and other animals, as more than ever are leaving from and landing at the South Yorkshire based airport.
The airport is on target to import and export more than 220 cats and dogs in 2013 and have even flown in a parrot!
Transport and airfreight business Anglo World Cargo carries out the import and export of domestic pets in conjunction with the airport under the DEFRA/Animal Health Pets Travel Scheme. Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one of only six UK airports to have this allowance.
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Once again the import and export of pets has risen significantly on the previous year. Anglo World Cargo does a fantastic job and has brought everything from horses for the St Leger annual race meeting to Nemo the goldfish from Jersey and now a parrot from Malaga!
Anglo World Cargo, based at the airport, is rivalling some of the biggest and most popular pet reception centres in the UK and provides a personal delivery service which many other airports do not.
The company has delivered treasured pets to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Wales, London, Oxford and even as far south as Torquay and Devon so far this year.
Gary Winterman, managing director of Anglo World Cargo said: “Our pet service in conjunction with Air Bridge International has really taken off. We now collect animals from 12 countries across the globe including Cyprus, Jersey, Alicante, Corfu, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Majorca and Tenerife.
“Our team recently visited Paphos to meet the British Forces and other agents in the area and we now see an influx of pets every Wednesday night on the Paphos flight.
“The pet passport scheme is very popular with the armed forces base in Paphos for servicemen/ women and with ex pats who use the services to go backwards and forwards to holiday homes in Tenerife.
“Many people don’t realize that they can take their pets on holiday with them through the passport scheme without the worry of quarantine as long as the passport is up to date.
“Pet passports can be obtained through a vet who will advise which vaccinations are needed. We can put pets on almost every route from Doncaster and look forward to seeing more of our furry and feathered friends over the next few months."
For more information on how to fly your pet out to locations across the world from Doncaster Sheffield Airport visit www.angloworldcargo.co.uk or call 01302 623063.
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FODSA Assist at the BAE Graduation Day:
FODSA volunteers gave their assistance at the BAE Students Graduation Day Thursday 26th September; the event was held at Directions hangar 3 Robin Hood Airport. A presentation took place for all the students who had graduated, which was then followed by light refreshments. A Spitefire and a Messerschmitt 109 had been flown in and were on display inside the hangar, and later these two magnificent aircraft gave a short but brilliant air display to the delights of everyone who attended.
To view more photos of this event please go to 'Gallery' above.
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Passenger Numbers Soar at Airport:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is celebrating having recorded a growth in passenger numbers over the last 12 months.
Passenger numbers at the airport are up 7 per cent year on year from August 2012 to August 2013. A number of the airport’s routes have seen an increase in popularity, including Alicante, Las Palmas, Dalaman, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Poznan, Gdansk and Warsaw, which has led to the overall rise in passenger numbers.
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is the UK's newest purpose built airport, situated on the site of the former RAF Finningley.
Situated just 7 miles from Doncaster and 25 miles from Sheffield, Robin Hood Airport currently handles in excess of 1million passengers per year flying to more than 30 destinations across the globe.
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.
“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.
“We have recently secured a place as one of the top three airports in the country, according to a survey by Which? Members. This proves how satisfied our customers are with Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which is always very pleasing to hear.
“Passenger numbers on our Dalaman route have increased by over 80 per cent this year, similarly Palma De Mallorca has almost doubled its passenger numbers.
“We have just announced an additional route to Arrecife, Lanzarote in our winter 2013/14 schedule which will benefit Thomson and First Choice holidaymakers. 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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Thomson and First Choice announce winter sun route from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield:
Thomson and First Choice holidaymakers from across the region are set to benefit from an additional flight to Lanzarote this winter from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
TUI UK & Ireland, owners of Thomson and First Choice, has increased its flights to Arrecife, Lanzarote to two per week from Yorkshire for Winter 2013/14. The twice weekly service will commence in October on Sundays and Thursdays to Lanzarote’s only airport and offers holidaymakers the chance to visit unique and exclusive hotels such as the Thomson Couples H10 Timanfaya Palace hotel. The additional flight has been introduced at the airport to give passengers greater flexibility and choice when booking their winter sun breaks and is a result of the continuing partnerships between TUI UK & Ireland and the airport.
Steve Gill, Managing Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are delighted that Thomson and First Choice are introducing the new Arrecife flight. It will be fantastic for passengers who are looking for a winter sun break as they will benefit from additional flights to Lanzarote, amongst other fantastic destinations all available from the airport. The increased frequency will allow passengers to take advantage of seven, 10, 11 and 14 night holidays to the popular holiday location. With the school summer holidays now over people have started to think about booking their winter break so this is an ideal time for Thomson and First Choice to be introducing the additional service. The convenience of leaving from South Yorkshire combined with great value holidays is another worthwhile reason to fly local.”
Paul Cooper, Airport Negotiations Manager for Thomson and First Choice, said: “Adding this flight from Robin Hood Airport demonstrates our commitment to the Yorkshire area and follows the success of similar routes across a number of regional airports. Expanding access to our portfolio of destinations and hotels from regional airports is a key part of our overall strategy and we hope that this move will enhance the holiday experience for our customers.” Alongside Arrecife,
Thomson and First Choice will be offering other winter destinations for 2013/14 from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to a selection of resorts including Alicante, Malaga, and Tenerife.
For more information visit www.robinhoodairport.com
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Yorkshire airport flies high in customer survey:
Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport has a place in the top three airports in the country according to a survey by Which? Members.
The South Yorkshire airport got a score of 78% in the survey, which asked 11,500 members to rate their satisfaction with and likelihood to recommend a UK airport they had used in the previous 12 months.
London Southend topped the Which? survey to find the UK’s best and worst airports, heading a list of 35 airport terminals, with Doncaster Sheffield coming in third place.
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We are pleased to have been named in the top three airports in the country and pleased to see that we scored highly for airport security, passport control queues, information and navigation and airport design. “Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us and it is great to see local airports coming out so well in the survey.”
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is the UK’s newest purpose built airport, situated on the site of the former RAF Finningley. Situated just 7 miles from Doncaster and 25 miles from Sheffield, Robin Hood Airport currently handles in excess of 1million passengers per year flying to more than 30 destinations across the globe.
In 2009 Robin Hood Airport was named as the UKs best small airport in 2012 by Which? Holiday, in the biggest survey of its kind.
“It is great to get recognition from these surveys for the work we do. In 2009 we were crowned best in Yorkshire for our customer satisfaction levels and in 2013 we are still rated as Yorkshire’s best airport.
“Our staff are delighted with this result as they work very hard to make the customer experience at Doncaster Sheffield Airport a good one.
“We will continue to look at the service we offer our customers and are always looking for ways to improve,” added Steve.
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Airport celebrates May growth with new Winter service:
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has announced a new service to its winter schedule.
Ryanair, the low fare airline has added Tenerife to its offering from South Yorkshire for Winter 2013/14, with a weekly service commencing in October to the Island’s Tenerife South airport.
The winter route has been reintroduced at the airport following a successful summer service and both Ryanair and Doncaster Sheffield Airport are continuing to work together to look at potential new routes.
Steve Gill, Managing Director at the airport said: “We are delighted that Ryanair are continuing the Tenerife South route for the winter season. It will be fantastic for passengers who are looking for a winter sun break as they will benefit from low cost flights to Tenerife amongst our other fantastic destinations.
“The convenience of leaving from South Yorkshire combined with great value and low-cost fares is another worthwhile reason to fly local.”
In addition to the route announcement, official figures show that the airport has recorded month on month growth in business of 4.6 per cent in May 2013, with further growth anticipated throughout the summer season.
Chris Harcombe, Head of Aviation Development added: “It is fantastic news that we have had such a busy month in May. There are a number of factors for this growth including a very strong month for Wizz Air and positive start to the summer season for Thomson. In addition, Thomas Cook have doubled their capacity for Summer 2013.
“To be achieving growth is great news achievement and a testament to the team we have at the airport. We have flights and holidays to over 30 destinations available for this summer and are working hard to build on our recent success.”
Alongside Tenerife, the airport will be offering other winter destinations for 2013 operated by Thomson / First Choice, Wizz Air, Ryanair and Transun taking holiday makers to a selection of resorts including Sharm El Sheikh, Lanzarote, Alicante and Gran Canaria.
For more information on flights and packages available visit www.robinhoodairport.com
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RETURN FLIGHT AS ROBIN HOOD AIRPORT BECOMES CHAMBER PATRONS:
Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has strengthened its partnership with the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce by once again becoming a patron.
This brings with it a host of benefits, such as attendance at exclusive events and supporting the Chamber on raising awareness of key business issues.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which recently celebrated its eighth birthday, has flights to over 30 destinations including Spain, Turkey, Poland, the Canaries and Egypt.
Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Becoming a patron offers major profile-raising opportunities and provides the opportunity for the airport to access and network with politicians and their advisers, senior business figures, as well as other patrons and Chamber members.
“We have worked closely with the Chamber over recent months and a visit from the Department for Transport, which saw business leaders from across the city region get together to discuss issues facing them, was a fantastic stepping stone to getting our messages heard.
“This coupled with the Chambers’ recently published Manifesto for Growth which highlights the ways in which the airport can grow to support the region and the support it has from the region’s business community, have been a welcomed boost for the airport.”
Steve Gill, Chris Harcombe and Daniel Fell.
Dan Fell, Deputy Chief Executive at Doncaster Chamber, said: “The Chamber and airport have a long and historical relationship which has included the Chamber supporting the planning application for the airport at a public enquiry, working with the airport on route development and promotion activities, and supporting last year’s successful bid to secure Regional Growth Fund monies for the critical FARRRS link road.
“As outlined in our recently published Manifesto for Growth, the Chambers of Commerce in the City Region see the airport as a major strategic asset for the North of England. The Chambers are excited by the airport’s future development plans, particularly in connection with the development of its freight offer which has the potential to be second to none.
“We are delighted that Doncaster Sheffield Airport has accepted our invitation to become Patrons of the Chamber and look forward to working with the airport’s top team on a range of key projects over the coming months.”
The airport joins the Chamber’s ten other current patrons –including Yorkshire Bank, Keepmoat, Polypipe, Hesley Group and Westfield Health.
Any business interested in becoming a Doncaster Chamber patron should contact Dan Fell on 01302 640100 or email email@example.com
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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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