Future Of Doncaster Sheffield Airport Still In Doubt

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More time has been given to consider the future of Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), which is under threat of closure.

The airport’s owners, Peel Group, agreed to a consultation period – initially six weeks – saying the business “may no longer be financially viable” and could not continue in its current form. They issued a statement on Tuesday 23 August saying that the decision deadline would be pushed to 16 September:

“Despite the lack of any tangible proposals from public or private sector partners, we have agreed an extension to the consultation to 16 September to allow more time for key stakeholders to conclude their discussions.”

The company said that the airport would operate normally while the review was in progress and that passengers should plan for their journeys as usual.

Doncaster Sheffield opened in 2005 after it was converted by the Peel Group from the old RAF Finningley airbase. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, DSA was voted the UK’s best airport by Which? magazine three years in a row.

Bottom line

The owners have blamed a combination of factors, including the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The situation made worse by an announcement in June that operator Wizz Air was quitting the airport. Tui is now the sole base carrier.

The future looks bleak but we’ll wait and see…

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