Holiday provider TUI have recently announced the expansion of their range of destinations from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with a series of long-haul flights to Florida added.
The firm plans to increase its capacity at the Yorkshire site by 100,000 additional seats, with extra destinations such as Orlando, Egypt, Croatia, Greece and Turkey to be added next year. The new changes to DSA will make it the only airport in Yorkshire with a transatlantic flight.
Richard Sofer, commercial director with Tui, told The Yorkshire Post: “We will be flying a long haul flight from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Florida, the only one in Yorkshire. “We are acting upon a strong growth plans for the airport and are really pleased to be building on the already solid relationship we have with the team. “Florida is a very popular destination so we expect to see good demand in the Doncaster Sheffield area.
“This is something which is unique and new for the people in the area.”
The investment comes the week after bosses at Doncaster Sheffield Airport revealed ambitious expansion plans to reach millions of new passengers, which involves the building of an East Coast Mainline station and could create as many as 73,000 new jobs throughout the region.
The airport’s grand scheme was welcomed with open arms by the regional business leaders because of its aims to increase passenger numbers to as many as 25 million people. The total upgrade, which includes redevelopment to the train station, will cost approximately £280 million and will be funded by a combination of private and public money procured from both regional and national government.
Mr Sofer also described how the new routes and increased capacity were predetermined ahead of the announcement to add new routes, “The programme is just part of the ongoing relationship we have there and we think it is really exciting news.
“We like to give people a good experience and that includes the airport which is renowned for giving good customer experience.”