BUDGET airline Wizz Air is set to remain a high-flier in South Yorkshire - after signing a new five-year deal for flights in and out of Doncaster’s Robin Hood Aiport.
The firm, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, yesterday announced it had agreed a major deal to continue South Yorkshire flights until 2017.
Chris Harcombe, Robin Hood Airport’s aviation development manager said: “We have worked closely with Wizz Air since they launched services in the UK market and have been delighted with their performance here over the past six years.
“The announcement is recognition of the strength of that and further reinforces the continued partnership between Wizz Air and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”
The airline currently operates from Robin Hood Airport to six Eastern European destinations including Gdansk, Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland and more recently to Vilnius in Lithuania.
And while the majority of passengers have been Polish expatriates returning home, bosses say an increasing number of those flying out are English tourists keen to explore Eastern Europe.
Daniel de Carvalho, airline communications manager, said: “We are seeing an increase in tourism. Tourists want value for money and there are many up-and-coming middle class travellers in Poland who want to explore Western Europe. We are in a position to deliver those possibilities and stimulate tourism.”
Some 1.2 million passengers have travelled with Wizz Air through Robin Hood since 2006 and Mr Harcombe: “Our business model is focused on providing our airline partners with industry leading levels of operational efficiency, the lowest possible cost base and excellent customer service, whilst giving access to the one of the UK’s most densely populated regions outside of London.”
Mr de Carvalho added: “Today is a good day for both Wizz Air and for Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Our partnership has stimulated low fare air traffic in the region and, combined with Robin Hood’s sister airport in Liverpool, is now set to carry two million more passengers between England and Eastern European over the next five years”.