Robin Hood Airport has two more flights to sell to local ‘sun and sea’ enthusiasts, thanks to the efforts of Hungarian airline, WizzAir, and the UK’s third largest carrier, Thomson Airways. The pair already has a strong presence at the South Yorkshire hub, offering around thirty routes between them.
WizzAir, sporting livery that would make easyJet tremble, provides all of Robin Hood’s routes to Poland, which makes the carrier’s new flight to Lithuania’s capital city, Vilnius, seem like an innovation. The airline has claimed Vilnius International Airport as its latest continental base, and will connect the Lithuanian hub to Doncaster on April 17 2011.
“We are pleased to announce that Yorkshire’s first service to the Baltic States will be flying from Doncaster,” Robin Hood chief, Nick Smillie, said. Nick expects WizzAir’s new route to attract an extra 30,000 people a year to the airport.
, arguably the largest airline at Doncaster, offering 24 routes to holiday hotspots, will add a new route of its own in November 2010, to the Canary Island of Lanzarote. The flight will operate once a week for the duration of the winter season.
Lanzarote is one of nine routes to the Spanish mainland and islands offered by Thomson at Robin Hood Airport. The airline shares its domination of the local market with its sister company, First Choice, which offers package holidays to much the same locations. Nick Smillie noted that the Lanzarote route, the airport’s second, was added due to "great customer support and demand."
First Choice, purveyor of all sorts of holidays, has pounced on Thomson’s new route, by advertising a seven night stay at the Holiday Village near the idyllic Flamingo Beach, Lanzarote. The package is all-inclusive, and includes return flights to Doncaster Airport. Prices begin at £399 per person.