History of Doncaster Sheffield Airport
Doncaster Sheffield Airport:
- The UK’s newest airport
- Passengers: 1.3 million in 2017
- Over 50 destinations
- Population base of 6.2 million people within a 60 min drive.
- Largest operating airline at DSA: Wizz Air (over 500,000 passengers in 2017)
So how did it all begin?
Robin Hood airport started life as an RAF base (RAF Finningley) in 1936, and played an integral role during the First World War and the Cold War as a command base for bombers on the front line, and a training centre for pilots and navigators.
When many in the area thought that this was it for the airport, Peel Holdings PLC (who also own Liverpool John Lennon, Durham Tees Valley and Sheffield airports) bought the site in 1999, with a plan to turn it into a commercial airport.
It is expected that passenger numbers will increase when the commercial airport is more established.