Airport expects to see 23,000 pass through its doors

Vulcan: On show.
Vulcan: On show.
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BOSSES at Robin Hood Airport are expecting one of their busiest weeks of the year as Britons head for their holidays.

The Royal wedding next Friday means there are four bank holidays over a two week period, which started with Good Friday yesterday.

The bank holidays continue on Monday, followed by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29, and then the May Day bank holiday on Monday, May 2.

Airport duty manager David Fleming said the airport was gearing up for an estimated 23,000 passengers during the bank holiday period.

The figure includes passengers flying into Doncaster and heading out of the country: “It is looking busier than usual, as you would expect during the bank holiday period. We have seen no decrease in passenger numbers and we’re holding our own as we come up to the summer.”

He said the most popular destinations were expected to be the sunshine resorts of Tenerife, Alicante Malaga and Palma.

There has also been an increase in flights to Europe and last week saw the start of flights to Vilnius, in Lithuania.

Those flying in or out of the airport around the time of the Royal wedding will have a chance to view the ceremony, as it will be screened on televisions in the airside lounge and the Wetherspoons pub.

This week is also expected to see a rise in the number of aviation buffs visiting, as the iconic Cold War Vulcan bomber, which has recently made the airport its home, will be on show.

Bosses from the Vulcan to the Sky Trust which owns the aircraft, have arranged a viewing gallery at the airport which will be in place until Monday, May 2.

The gallery will be open from 11am until 4pm each day and experts from the trust will be at the site to answer any questions from the public.