Euro 2012 soccer set to give airport a lift

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AIRPORT bosses are looking into arranging flights from Doncaster to Ukraine after England were drawn to play there in next year’s European football championships.

Officials at Robin Hood Airport originally hoped the tournament would see a stream of people flying from Doncaster aboard its scheduled flights to Poland.

Now they are looking at the options available for next summer’s event.

An airport spokesperson said: “There are currently no plans for scheduled services to Ukraine but we’ll wait to see if any opportunities for charter flights with fans materialise.

“Despite England playing their matches in the Ukraine, we still expect fans to travel to Poland to experience the tournament and take the opportunity of flying from their local airport.

“Direct flights to any of the Polish host cities will still prove popular with European nations travelling to the tournament not necessarily just to watch England.”

England open their campaign in the tournament against France on June 11 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

They will then be set to play in Kiev against Sweden four days later and end the group stage back in Donetsk, playing against Ukraine on June 19.

Although England play their games in Ukraine, the squad is due to be based in Poland and will be flying to games from there.