Published 1st July 2016 at 10:06am


Passengers from Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield have set off on the inaugural Flybe flight to Paris, part of an eight new route deal as the airline announces a new business route to Dusseldorf.

The Embraer 195 aircraft set off from Doncaster Sheffield to Paris emblazoned with a special Welcome to Yorkshire livery. The aircraft will promote the Yorkshire region to potential tourists across Europe and the UK, as part of the new deal that recently saw the Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe announced as the official airport and airline partner of the tourism agency respectively.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We are delighted to see the first Flybe flight taking passengers to Paris this morning. Our new motorway link road, Great Yorkshire Way, opened just in time for the new influx of passengers, making journeys to the airport much quicker and bringing 1 million people to within an hour’s drive.

The introduction of these new routes will see Flybe become the largest low-cost airline to operate from the Yorkshire airport, with some 44 extra departures per week meaning 500,000 extra new flight seats are available to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jersey, Newquay, Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

“We are also delighted to announce that today (24 March) Flybe has strengthened its commitment with a further new route and expansion of its Berlin services. New flights to Dusseldorf are set to commence for the winter season, on sale from 31st March.  Services to Berlin will also increase from four weekly to daily, due to unprecedented demand from the Sheffield City regions business community.

Providing the Sheffield City Region with the business services it needs has long been an ambition and now that these services are here we must see the region voting with their feet and using them. Flights today are departing 90% full which is a phenomenal start but there is still much work to do”

Vincent Hodder, Chief Revenue Officer, Flybe said “We are delighted….

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.

“These new services to Paris, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf and Berlin have the potential to bring an additional 65,000 visitors to the region, which is fantastic news for the Yorkshire economy.

“The aircraft livery looks spectacular and I am sure it will be a real winner with passengers and cycling fans. The bikes in the design are a tribute to the Tour de Yorkshire, which makes it fitting that the riders in both the men’s and the women’s race will pass the airport on their way to the finish line in Doncaster.”

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of Sheffield City LEP said ‘Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), 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. In particular having routes to some of the biggest airport hubs in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris will give businesses in our region better access to markets, boosting international trade from and into the City Region. I hope companies will embrace these new routes and spread the word about our City Region on their travels.”

The extra seats will see Doncaster Sheffield Airport experience double-digit growth in 2016 with the additional seats and growth from other incumbent carriers expected to take passenger figures from 900,000 in 2015 to 1.35 million in 2016.