Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield Delays
About the Airport
Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is situated in Finningley, Doncaster, on a site that was formerly a Royal Air Force base. Around 3.5 miles southeast of Doncaster town centre, Robin Hood is the second biggest airport in Yorkshire after Leeds Bradford Airport, and, in 2012, was used by just under 700,000 people. Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has been a popular airport with passengers who visit Poland, and in 2009, figures revealed that there were nearly a third of a million flights to Poland from the airport - which constituted around a third of the overall flights from the airport at the time. 2011 figures show that Spain is the most popular destination for passengers using the airport, with Tenerife being the most popular destination overall, and Alicante second. The top 10 most popular destinations show that four are in Poland, three are in Spain, and the remaining are holiday destinations – Dalaman (Turkey), Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt), and Faro (Portugal). Ryanair and Flybe are two of the largest airlines that operate from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. Ryanair runs flights from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield to Tenerife, and Flybe runs a flight to Jersey from the airport.
More recently, the need for Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield's continuing existence has been questioned, following the steep fall in passenger numbers. Since 2005, investment in Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield stands at over £100m.
The airport has been used several times in TV programmes, including as a base for the BBC comedy 'Come Fly With Me', which sent up and exaggerated some of the types of characters and incidents faced by both passengers and staff. Scenes featured in major British TV programmes, such as ITV's 'Emmerdale' and BBC's 'Hustle', have been filmed at the airport. The Channel 4 film, 'Four Lions', also used the airport as a filming location.
As well as being one of Britain's major airports, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield retains links with its heritage, as it is still used for training purposes. Doncaster Flying School has its base at the airport, teaching all types of aviation skills, from flying lessons right up to pilot training.
The Opening of Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield
The airport was decommissioned as a military aviation base in 1995. Some 10 years later, in April 2005, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield opened on the original Finningley Airfield site. It was an airport designed to offer low cost flights, but, before its opening, the airport also faced fierce local opposition in some quarters. The first commercial flight from Robin Hood Airport was to Palma de Mallorca in Majorca, and around a million passengers were expected to utilize the airport during its first year. By the end of 2007 over two million people were using Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
Also in 2007 the first long haul flights took off from Robin Hood Airport, which included flights to the US and Canada. A few years later, however, a number of airlines such as Aer Lingus and EasyJet cancelled their services from the airport, and Thomson Airways recently decided to drastically cut the number of its aircraft at Robin Hood. It was these major factors that lead to a considerable fall in passenger numbers. Passengers figures dipped below 700,000 in 2012, a decline of nearly 16% compared to the previous year.
The origins of the Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield date back nearly 100 years, when the Royal Flying Corps used Finningley Airfield as a base during World War One. The airfield was again used during World War Two, but primarily to train Bomber Command crews. During the Cold War, Finningley Airfield became a base for Vulcan bombers, which were planes that could be equipped with nuclear devices. In 1995, Finningley was closed down after it had been mainly used for training pilots in recent decades.
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