Doncaster Sheffield Airport might permanently close following the axeing of Wizz Air flights

By Linsey McNeill
13/07/2022
Home » Doncaster Sheffield Airport might permanently close following the axeing of Wizz Air flights

Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s future is in doubt, its Board has announced.

It said Wizz Air’s decision to close its base at the airport, plus environmental considerations and the impact of COVID mean it ‘may no longer be commercially viable’.

The airport is owned by Peel Group and carries more than one million passengers a year to 50 destinations.

But the Board said that the airport had ‘never achieved the critical mass required to become profitable’.

Following Wizz Air’s decision to close its base and axe the majority of flights from the Yorkshire airport, TUI is the only airline with aircraft based at Doncaster Sheffield.

TUI operates flights from the airport to multiple destinations, including the Algarve, the Balearics, Bulgaria, the Canaries, Cyprus, Croatia, the Greek islands,Hurghada, Turkey and Sardinia.

Peel Group Airports Chair Robert Hough said: “Despite pandemic-related travel restrictions slowly drawing to a close, we are still facing ongoing obstacles and dynamic long-term threats to the future of the aviation industry.

“The actions by Wizz Air to sacrifice its base at Doncaster to shore up its business opportunities at other bases in the south of England are a significant blow for the airport.”

Wizz’s decision to axe the majority of its flights from Doncaster Sheffield last month took the airport by surprise, although the airline had announced in April that it was scaling back its services.

A six-week consultation will take place to decide the airport’s future. In the meantime, the airport says it will be operating as normal.

The blog Head for Points claims Peel has already decided to turn the airport into a warehouse complex.

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