ROBIN Hood Airport has received a boost with the first pledge of more flights in response to planning permission being granted for a link road to the M18.
Thomson and First Choice have told bosses at the Finningley airport that they will increase the number of seats they provide on flights from Doncaster by 14,000 in 2013-14 because of the progress towards the new road.
The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme will see a new link road from junction three of the M18 to the south-east of Doncaster, cutting travel time.
Airport director Steve Gill said: “We are delighted to announce that Thomson and First Choice have added to their capacity from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“The organisation has flown over 3.8 million passengers from South Yorkshire during the seven years they have been with us.
“We expected the new road to bring additional benefits to the South Yorkshire passenger and with over 150,000 Thomson and First Choice holidays on offer from DSA in summer 2013 we are pleased that we remain Yorkshire’s largest operation for the company.”
The growth will be on the popular holiday routes to Palma, Majorca, Dalaman, Turkey and Reus, Spain
Paul Cooper, from Thomson and First Choice, said: “The news that the FARRRS link road has taken a step forward is something we have been waiting to hear.”
The new road is expected to reduce journey times from Sheffield by up to 20 minutes.
The improvements in journey time will also lead to fewer carbon emissions and relieve congestion on roads in the area.
Construction of the road is expected to start later this year and it is expected to be operational in early 2014.