Doncaster Sheffield celebrates ‘sweet sixteenth’ in lockdown

With the expansion of transport links and the growth of airline operators, the airport has reached many milestones since opening in 2005

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) celebrated its sixteenth anniversary yesterday (April 28), despite it being the second birthday commemorated under lockdown restrictions.

Around 14 million passengers have passed through the northern hub since its opening in 2005.

Currently, DSA is preparing to welcome customers back for the summer, with the aim of initiating a confident restart that will prompt a positive recovery.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport
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Chris Harcombe, managing director of DSA, is “immensely proud” of the amount achieved in the short time since the opening of the site 16 years ago.

He said: “We worked with our partners and stakeholders to open a link road to significantly cut journey time for our customers, we stayed operational in the face of a global pandemic and we have delivered a major growth and additional choice for our customers. With this continued determination, I’m certain we will retain our spot as one of the fastest growing airports in the UK and of course continue to drive forward our ambitions for the GatewayEast Rail scheme.”

It was recognised by land and property developers, the Peel Group that there was a need for an airport in the North of England East of the Pennines. The firm then won a competitive bid process to take over the site previously known as RAF Finningley.

Another milestone was the opening of the Great Yorkshire Way in 2018, which linked the hub to the M18. This helped expand its reach and reduce the journey time for passengers.

In May of 2019, the name of the terminal building was officially changed from Robin Hood to Doncaster Sheffield. In that same year, it was named as the UK’s best small airport by Which? Magazine.

A strong relationship between main operators TUI and Wizz Air has added to the success of the base. Both carriers have grown in popularity, with an increase of holiday and long-haul destinations over the last 16 years.

Freight traffic is currently at the forefront of business at DSA, playing a crucial role throughout the pandemic.