Flybe takes off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Published 27th March 2016 at 8:25am


Passengers from Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield flew to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Flybe’s inaugural flight from Doncaster.

This is part of an eight new route deal. At the same time the airline announced a new business route to Dusseldorf. It will be available for booking from 31st March, 2016.

The Paris flight on an Embraer 195 jet aircraft was badged with an eye-catching Welcome to Yorkshire livery. The aircraft will promote the Yorkshire region to potential tourists across Europe and the UK. Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe were recently announced as the official airport and airline partner of the tourism agency respectively.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “Our new motorway link road, Great Yorkshire Way, opened just in time for the new influx of passengers. This makes journeys to the airport much quicker and brings six million people to within an hour’s drive.”

Flybe now delivers the largest number of departures from the Yorkshire airport, with 42 extra flights per week. This means 500,000 extra new flight seats are available to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jersey, Newquay, Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

New flights to Dusseldorf start in the winter season.  Services to Berlin will also increase from four weekly to daily, due to unprecedented demand from the Sheffield City regions business community.

Mr Gill added: “Providing the Sheffield City Region with the business services it needs has long been an ambition. Now that these services are here we must see the region voting with their feet and using them. Passenger demand to date has exceeded expectations. This is a phenomenal start but there is still much work to do.”

Sir Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire said: “We are delighted to be able to work alongside Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe to take the Yorkshire brand to the skies across Europe.

“I’m sure the aircraft livery will be a real winner with cycling fans and of course this is befitting of Le Tour de Yorkshire on 30th April which will see the second stage finish in Doncaster passing by the airport.”

Sir Nigel Knowles, chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It is fantastic to see these new routes starting from our airport. Increased international connectivity is key to driving economic growth for the Sheffield City Region.”

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