£10 million development plan announced by Doncaster Sheffield Airport
During a visit from the UK’s Aviation Minister, Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced its plans to make significant improvements after experiencing passenger growth.
The improvements are in direct response to growing passenger demand, following the airport experiencing exponential growth over the past five years.
The redevelopment is part of the airport’s continued commitment to provide an easy, friendly and relaxed service to its customers. Plans include a number of improvements and new facilities that have been developed based on passenger feedback, including an expansion of the retail, food and beverage offerings, new gate bridges and an expansion of the arrivals hall and security search area.
Chairman of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Robert Hough, said: “Doncaster Sheffield Airport already boasts a modern purpose-built terminal building facility involving over £100 million of investment just 15 years ago. It is so important that, as we grow, we continue to maintain our award-winning passenger experience. This announcement follows £3.5 million invested to create additional parking spaces to keep up with customer demand and a £2 million investment in our on-site solar farm that will generate 25 per cent of the airport’s energy.”
During his visit, the Aviation Minister – who is currently touring regional airports within the UK as part of the Government’s Regional Connectivity Review – was keen to understand how Doncaster Sheffield Airport can support government strategy to improve the North. As a result, airport management discussed proposed plans that have the potential to unlock 33,000 jobs over the next 10 years in engineering, manufacturing aviation, energy and construction.
Paul Maynard, UK Aviation Minister, said: “Doncaster Sheffield is an award-winning airport and these enhancements will make the passenger experience even better, as it provides a vital service connecting communities and business across the UK. We are absolutely committed to enhancing regional airports and air services and our regional air connectivity review will help deliver on the Prime Minister’s pledge to level up the whole of the UK economy.”
Hough added: “We are pleased that the Aviation Minister recognises our position as a key part of the solution for the UK’s aviation needs and addressing the imbalance of just 1.2 seats per head of population in Yorkshire versus 10 in the South. We are committed to our part in delivering the opportunity here around DSA which, with the right support from government, can start making an impact on people lives in the North now, not years ahead.”