Easyjet will cut flights from Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield airport to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Faro, Majorca and Prague at the start of next year.
A statement on the airport’s website said that flights would cease on January 4, 2011, but added that it is “already talking to a number of alternative airlines regarding these and other potential new routes”.
Nick Smillie, aviation sales director for Peel Airports (owners of the Doncaster Sheffield as well as Liverpool John Lennon and Durham Tees Valley) said:
“Operational restrictions, largely due to the fact that the aircraft is not Doncaster based, have affected the viability of the operation. For example, the timings of certain key flights have affected their attractiveness to the region’s business community – a key source of passengers and revenues.
“However, where schedules have been favourable, aircraft have been flying up to 99 percent full. This provides us with strong evidence of demand for flights from Doncaster Sheffield.”
Other low-cost carriers currently serving Doncaster Sheffield include Ryanair to Alicante, Flybe to Belfast and Jersey, and Wizz Air to several Polish destinations.
Report by Mark Caswell