Passenger numbers on the up

PASSENGER numbers at Robin Hood Airport rose by 5per cent in 2010 despite problems with snow and the volcanic ash cloud.

Official figures show that 895,136 travellers used the airport, compared to 851,355 the previous year.

“This is fantastic news, especially given the difficulties we faced in the travel industry in 2010,” said airport director Mike Morton.

“The severe weather conditions at the beginning and end of the year and the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland had a major impact on travel in and out of the UK. Despite this we saw more passengers taking off and landing in Doncaster.”

Many factors have contributed to the increase with Wizz Air and Flybe both seeing an increased demand by 4per cent and 3per cent respectively.

“The easyJet operation was a big boost to our figures in the eight months it operated and we are delighted that with increased capacity and new routes from other operators, we are well on the way to replacing these services for 2011,” added Mr Morton.

From April 2011 Wizz Air will add Vilnius, Lithuania to their offering from Doncaster.

Independent tour operator Holidays 4U are set to offer 4,000 seats to fly to the popular short haul destination of Dalaman in Turkey between 4th May and 26th October.

Mr Morton said: “We are pleased to see that our relationships with the airlines and tour operators who operate out of Doncaster Sheffield Airport are growing and resulting in more choice for our passengers.”

“For 2011 Ryanair have introduced Tenerife and Faro to their offering, Wizz have announced their new route, Holidays4U are doubling their capacity and Thomas Cook have increased their seats to 20,000 and introduced holidays to Bulgaria.”

“We will continue to work with our incumbent airlines and build relationships with other carriers to develop our offering.”