Robin Hood Airport Bosses hoping for more flights to Europe

Robin Hood Airport
Robin Hood Airport

AIRPORT bosses are hoping to attract flights to top European city destinations from Doncaster.

Representatives from Robin Hood Airport have jetted off to Berlin to meet delegates from across the globe at the 17th World Routes Conference.

The event is an annual gathering of the world’s top airlines and airports, dedicated to discussing and planning new services.

An airport spokesman said a wish list its team would be taking to Germany included a range of European city destinations and a ‘hub feeder’ service to provide the airport with global connectivity.

Nick Smillie, of Robin Hood Airport, said: “This has been a challenging year or two for the industry. This event provides a fantastic forum to make the case for new air services and to find out about new market developments and up-and-coming destinations.

“Routes provide an ideal platform to encourage airlines from around the world to introduce new services to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“We will be focusing our attentions on building business connectivity and providing a wider choice of leisure destinations for our passengers. “We have well-established relationships with our operators and will continue to work with them.”

When it opened the Finningley terminal offered flights to several European cities including Amsterdam, Prague, Paris and Dublin.

However, operators ditched the routes. Attempts to re-introduce some of the routes proved unsuccessful, most notably when easyJet, which offered flights to Faro, Amsterdam, Prague, Palma and Barcelona pulled out of Doncaster at the beginning of last year just months after setting up base in Doncaster.

Most routes from Doncaster are now holiday destinations. A planned link to Amsterdam aimed at business passengers was put on hold this year. The only capital cities served are Belfast, Warsaw and Vilnius.