DSA owner agrees to meet potential buyers

By Lisa James
15/10/2022
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport owner Peel Group has agreed to talk with potential investors in a move that could see the base saved from closure.

South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard and Doncaster Mayor Ross Jones approached Peel last week with details of potential investors interested in taking over the airport.

Peel bosses have said they are prepared to talk – but warned they are still working towards closure at the end of this month.

Ms Jones said council staff had been working ‘tirelessly’ to find potential investors and had put the offers to Peel.

She said: “These investors have told us they believe the airport is viable.”

Mr Coppard said: “Earlier this week we provided Peel with information regarding market interest and reiterated our offer of financial support while a deal is brokered.

“This evening they have replied setting out their terms for further engagement.

“I have therefore instructed my officials to work with Doncaster Council and Peel to clarify next steps and the nature of their demands.

“Peel have said they remain minded to end operations later this month.

“However, we will proceed on the basis that the information they have shared this evening now signals a willingness to negotiate, and to work with us to protects jobs and operations at DSA.”

Don Valley MP Nick Fletcher confirmed Peel has responded to the letter and ‘stated that they will sit down with potential investors but in the meantime they will continue to work towards closure’.

He added: “This is what was expected, a half-way house you might say.”

Peel warned in July that the airport was no longer financially viable, after Wizz Air pulled out of the base.

A petition to save the airport has been signed by over 100,000 people.

See also: TUI confirms date of last flights from Doncaster Sheffield

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