First Aer Lingus flights from Doncaster to Dublin take off

Ciara O'Connor, Aer Lingus cabin crew, and Peter O'Mara, Aer Lingus, at the launch of transatlantic flights to the US from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport. Picture: Andrew Roe
Ciara O'Connor, Aer Lingus cabin crew, and Peter O'Mara, Aer Lingus, at the launch of transatlantic flights to the US from Doncaster Robin Hood Airport. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Aer Lingus flights from Doncaster to Dublin are set to take off from Robin Hood Airport for the very first time today.

The new five times weekly flights to the capital of Ireland offer onward connectivity to New York, Chicago and Boston in America and the Canadian city of Toronto.

And business chiefs have welcomed the flights as a boost to their firms.

UK based ITM Power, who specialise in the manufacture of integrated hydrogen energy systems for energy storage and clean fuel, operates out of two premises in Sheffield, with further offices in Germany, France the USA and Canada.

Dr Graham Cooley CEO ITM Power said: “As a company with a growing global market demand for our products, having access to the USA and Canada from our local airport is fantastic news for ITM Power.

“Fast, convenient access to our business operations and to the markets we serve is of huge importance to us and this new route will make trans-Atlantic business much easier.”

Doncaster based New Era Aquaculture, who have developed and supply a unique range of fish foods and dietary regimes to the aquarium market place are also delighted by the new route as they supply to customers in Dublin and the four North America destinations that Aer Lingus serve from Doncaster Sheffield.

Peter Kersh, managing director of New Era Aquaculture said: “We have just celebrated ten years of innovation in this industry and our vision is to become the world’s leading supplier of fish diets to professional aquariums, breeders and the home aquarist.

“The fact that our local airport in Yorkshire is now flying to cities in Ireland and North America where we do business is great news.

“We are looking forward to working with the team at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to work out how their new business can help our business to grow.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been working closely with the business community across the Sheffield City Region following the launch of its Business Advocacy Group late in 2014.

Chris Harcombe, head of aviation development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “Our objectives are to connect the city region with the world, enabling businesses across the region to strengthen trade links, open up new markets and bring them closer to their customers.

“Better links will also encourage companies to invest here in our region creating jobs and growing our regional economy.

For further information visit www.robinhoodairport.com