Airport’s not a flight of fancy says bidder

CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF: Sheffield Business Park's plans for a 50-acre expansion along the line of the now-closed Sheffield City Airport runway.
CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF: Sheffield Business Park's plans for a 50-acre expansion along the line of the now-closed Sheffield City Airport runway.
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When Sheffield Business Park gained planning permission to build on the former Sheffield City Airport runway, it sparked a new campaign to save the airport, which closed more than four years ago.

Recent weeks have seen campaigners, led by the Federation of Small Businesses, announce that a mystery bidder was willing to buy the site and reopen it as an airport.

Earlier this week, Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Blomfield backed calls for an independent public enquiry to establish whether Sheffield City Airport could be viable. Professor Keith Ridgway, research director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, close to the airport site, also weighed in this week, saying that it was easier to get to London or major hubs in Europe from Dundee and Aberdeen than from Sheffield.

But, are the hopes of reopening Sheffield City Airport anything more than a pipe dream?

In an effort to answer these and other key questions, Star Business asked to interview the mystery bidder. The request was declined on the grounds of “commercial confidentiality, but we were invited to submit the questions we wanted to ask.