On Tuesday, Robin Hood joined a jumble of British airports that had been closed, or otherwise thwarted by heavy snow.
Despite offering to rescue stranded aircraft from the skies above Manchester and Leeds, Robin Hood was soon overwhelmed by the elements itself, and by mid-morning, airport bosses had no choice but to close the runway.
It hasn’t stopped snowing since, and Doncaster lies entombed beneath a good few inches of snow. Of course, with transport links down, and the M18 motorway link still festering on the drawing board, Robin Hood Airport might as well be on the moon, as far as accessibility is concerned.
The main terminal building has remained open throughout the week’s snowstorm, but the runway was kept closed until Wednesday morning, when the worst of the weather appeared to have passed. Stranded passengers from Manchester have since been relocated north by the local bus service.
Robin Hood’s story is otherwise the same as those told by other UK airports. Bosses have yet to reveal the true extent of the delays, but passengers have been warned to expect disruption, and to contact their airline for more information.
In happier news, Flybe commemorated the reopening of Robin Hood with a new flight from Doncaster to Jersey, announced this morning. Both parties are said to be delighted with the addition, which takes off in April.
After a disastrous start to 2009, Robin Hood appears to be rising above its shortcomings. Flybe is the second large airline to be tempted to the Doncaster site in recent weeks, following the arrival of EasyJet at the end of last year.