Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) is the UK’s newest purpose built international airport, having commenced operation in April 2005 on the site of the former RAF Finningley air base.
The Airport is located 7 miles from Doncaster and 25 miles from Sheffield, serving passengers across Yorkshire, the Humber and the North Midlands. The airport has recently seen a new link road opening, the Great Yorkshire Way from the M18 to greatly improve access and journey times.
In June 2010, Vantage Airport Group (formerly Vancouver Airport Services) acquired a 65 percent majority share in Peel Airports Limited from The Peel Group, which includes DSA. The Peel Group retained a 35 percent share in Peel Airports Limited.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is currently the fastest growing airport in the UK in the 12 months to January 2016, an 18% increase in passenger numbers on the previous period, flying to over 30 destinations. Doncaster Sheffield Airport is expecting to experience double-digit growth in 2016 with additional seats through new routes and growth from other incumbent carriers to take passenger figures from 900,000 in 2015 to 1.35 million in 2016
Principle airlines providing services at the Airport include TUI (the world’s largest leisure company), Thomas Cook, Wizz Air and Air Lingus. New routes with Flybe are launching from 24th March 2016 in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Malaga, Alicante, Faro, Jersey and Newquay, further increasing the airports leisure and business destinations.
Significant recent investment of over £100 million includes a brand new terminal. With one of the UK’s longest runways, Doncaster Sheffield Airport has the capacity to handle all types of international aviation including charter, scheduled, long-haul, freight, general and business aviation.
DSA is branded after the UK national icon ‘Robin Hood’ who is known to have spent much of his life around the Doncaster area, particularly Conisbrough and Tickhill Castles. Robin Hood is a well-known and well-loved character the world over, and one who is undeniably associated with this part of the country. The Robin Hood brand has enabled DSA to inform people about what the area has to offer, as well as providing a ‘personality’ for the Airport.
Laura Wallace grew up in Yorkshire and has painted all her life. She studied Drama and Theatre Design at Exeter University before a Diploma in Interior Design which led to three years working for the Harrods Interior Design Team managing a wide range of international projects and becoming one of their chief visualisers. She then attended Heatherleys School of Fine Art enrolling in a variety of courses from life drawing to watercolour and finally settling on oil which became her preferred medium.