29 AUGUST 2022


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Article from BTNews 29 AUGUST 2022

Doncaster Sheffield Airport *

What happens next?

The answer is we do not know.

Following the unexpected overnight decision by Wizz Air to curtail its operation at the airport. (See BTN 10 June Wizz Doncaster problems.) Caught out by the surprise announcement Peel Group, owner of the airport and also Liverpool Airport, commenced a strategic review engaging with key stakeholders to discuss the future of the airport.

A statement last week by Peel does not answer the question of whether the airport stays open or not but does clarity the situation with regard to the debate.  

“We can therefore confirm that 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”.

There has been trade union uproar over the prospect of the airport shutting down and local protests.  Aviation Minister Robert Courts has also questioned the closure.  The Vulcan Aircraft Trust has been given notice to quit the airport.  (See BTN 22 August More Doncaster woes



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David Starkie, United Kingdom

Most unusual for an airport to close completely. They usually scale down if a big customer pulls out. Half of DSA's movements pre-Covid were non-ATMs so still a good revenue stream even if there are no scheduled passenger flights. Peel is probably hoping to scare the local authority into paying some subsidy to maintain employment. English airfields have a fine tradition of self-sufficiency.