Posted on: 25 October 2019 by Kimberley Young
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is celebrating as TUI has announced plans to expand at the airport, adding an extra aircraft to its base, to start flying in Summer 2020.
The new aircraft is expected to deliver an additional 136,000 extra seats to DSA, taking TUI to four aircraft based at the airport.
Two new routes, Fuerteventura and Heraklion are to be added on top of recently announced services to Mexico and Girona, along with extra days of operation to ten destinations including to Ibiza, Larnaca, Reus, Malaga, Lanzarote, Turkey, Mallorca, Tenerife and Zante – for a total of 31 TUI destinations from the airport.
The partnership with the airline began in 2005 when the airport first opened, “Over a decade has now passed and next year we will celebrate 15 successful years together during which time TUI, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has carried over 7 million passengers through DSA,” said Robert Hough CBE, Chairman of Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
“The recent loss of Thomas Cook to the industry has many sad consequences including the withdrawal of over 3.5 million seats from the North of England, the majority from Manchester Airport,” he continued. “TUI has shown its continued confidence in DSA by choosing to help serve that demand by adding two new routes and ten extra frequencies here in Yorkshire with a further aircraft growing its established and successful base. Further jobs will be created here as a result of this fourth aircraft.”
This follows TUI’s addition of long haul routes to Florida and Cancun, as well as a new route to Girona, Spain, last year.
TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer said: “We are delighted that our new additions… provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday.”
Over 1.4m passengers are expected to travel through DSA this financial year, representing its busiest year since its opening, and a more than doubling in size since 2013/14.
Ros Jones CBE, Mayor of Doncaster said the announcement “shows the confidence TUI has in the Doncaster and wider Sheffield City Region economy, the direction Doncaster is heading and the growth Doncaster is seeing. Delivering Great Yorkshire Way is a prime example. The new link road has been the catalyst for substantial economic growth. Doncaster and Doncaster Sheffield Airport are taking off.”