Airport is all set for take-off

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Passenger numbers and flight destinations are continuing to go up at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.

More than 695,000 people used the Yorkshire airport during the 12 months up to the end of March – an increase of 2.4 per cent from the previous year. 

The figures coincided 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 for summer 2015.

In total, Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers flights to more than 30 destinations around the world. The four new routes for 2014, combined with capacity increases on current routes, will add more than 110,000 new seats from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the year ahead.

Coupled with this, work is well under way on the new Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS), linking the M18 to the airport.

The FARRRS link road, which is expected to be completed by early 2016, could lead to the creation of more than 20,000 jobs and investment of over £1.5bn in the long-term.

It will reduce journey times for airport passengers and cargo operators from the centre of Sheffield by up to 20 minutes.  The improvements in journey time will also lead to fewer carbon emissions and relieve congestion on some roads in the area.

Also, Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be home to a new 10 hectare Enterprise Zone, which experts believe will create up to 4,000 new jobs over the next five years.

The LEP is now working closely with the airport to ensure the new site has the full range of benefits available, including simplified planning, superfast broadband and global promotion at international events.

UK regional airline LinksAir recently launched new flights to Belfast City and Yorkshire’s only service to the Isle of Man. The route to Belfast offers 24 flights weekly between the two airports with twice-daily services on all weekdays and Sundays.

LinksAir offers an ideal opportunity for business travellers in the Sheffield City Region wanting same-day return flights and arrival in the Northern Ireland capital before 9am.

Wizz Air has added new routes to Riga and Bucharest and has firmly established Doncaster Sheffield Airport 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 up to 20 with the announcement of weekly flights to Antalya and Zante from next year.