Steve Gill Column: From Doncaster to the USA via Ireland

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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It has been an interesting few months at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

It started with our 10th anniversary celebrations in April.

We marked the occasion with passengers and our business partners over two days.

Just last week in May we saw our first passengers fly out to Dublin on the new Aer Lingus route.

The new route will operate five times weekly and Yorkshire passengers flying to Dublin will be able to connect to Aer Lingus’s transatlantic services to New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.

Dublin Airport offers US-bound passengers immigration and customs preclearance services, meaning that there are no border checks upon arrival in the United States.

That means passengers will be avoiding potentially long queuing times.

This week passengers will fly out on the new Wizz Air route to Kosice, the second largest city in Slovakia.

We look forward to welcoming passengers using this new route.

We see this as great news for the wider city region, that the North of England’s only service to Kosice will be flying from Doncaster.

A total of nine new routes have been introduced at Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the past 12 months.

These include Bucharest, Riga, Zante and Dublin with onwards transatlantic connectivity to New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto.

As well as the passenger boost we’ve seen more and more cargo flying in and out of Doncaster over the last few months.

And we were really proud to have played our part in helping vital UK aid to reach Nepal.

An RAF C-17 aircraft and two commercial transport aircraft delivered crucial water purification equipment, shelter and medical supplies to Nepal.

One of those flights was loaded and operated from Yorkshire’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport took more than 1,900 five-litre water purification jerrycans for use by Oxfam.

If also carried heavy lifting machinery to help cargo move quickly through Kathmandu airport.

It was great that we could fly the flag for Yorkshire and get aid to those who desperately needed it.

Our cargo team are geared up to managing anything from the AN225 to a pride of lions!

We are now looking ahead to 2016.

That will be the year when the new FARRRS link road opens, transforming the airport’s catchment area, bringing another half a million people within a 30-minute drive of Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

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