New road brings increased capacity to South Yorkshire Airport

News that the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) received backing from planners has been quickly followed by news of increased capacity at South Yorkshire’s airport.

The new road will make Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) even more accessible to South Yorkshire passengers and as a result Thomson and First Choice have added to their offering, with over 215,000 passengers expected to fly with the airline in 2013/14.

Steve Gill, Airport Director said: “We are delighted to announce that Thomson and First Choice have added to their capacity from Doncaster Sheffield airport. The organisation has flown over 3.8 million passengers from South Yorkshire during the seven years they have been with us.

“We expected the new road to bring additional benefits to the South Yorkshire passenger and with over 150,000 Thomson and First Choice holidays on offer from DSA in summer 2013 we are pleased that we remain Yorkshire’s largest operation for the company.

All flights from DSA operate on a Thomson Airways aircraft and the DSA base consists of two modern 737-800’s.

The growth will be on the popular routes which see holidaymakers flying to Palma, Dalaman and Reus.

Paul Cooper, from Thomson and First Choice said: “The news that the FARRRS link road has taken a step forward is something we have been waiting to hear for DSA.

“We are confident that this new road will open up key markets in Sheffield for us and help to attract passengers from the city.

“Our relationship with DSA means that we work closely with the team to develop our offering for Yorkshire passengers.”

FARRRS will see a new link road from Junction 3 of the M18 serve the south-east of Doncaster, making a trip to the airport even easier for those travelling from all areas including Sheffield, Rotherham and further afield.

The new road is expected to reduce journey times for airport passengers and cargo operators from Sheffield by up to 20 minutes. The improvements in journey time will also lead to less carbon emissions and relieve congestion on some roads in the area.

The road is a critical component in the drive to further develop airport connectivity which will act as a catalyst in the continued development of Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region. The delivery of this much needed infrastructure will truly place the airport at the heart of the Sheffield City Region, positioning the facility as the natural airport of choice.

Construction of the road is expected to start later this year and be operational in early 2014.

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