Saturday, July 4, 2009

three new flights to robin hood airport

Operators Thompson and First Choice have unveiled new customer service and check-in desks in the terminal building as well as a children's play area and themed boarding gates.

The investment comes as TUI, the firms' owner, announced that new flights to Lanzarote, Antalya in Turkey and Monastir in Tunisia will start flying from Doncaster in May 2010.

AIRPORT bosses at Robin Hood are celebrating three new routes and a £70,000 investment to revamp facilities.

Directors at the airport claim that the new developments are proof the airport is standing strong against the recession.

Mike Morton, airport director, said that although passenger numbers have dropped slightly, Robin Hood has not been hit as hard as other struggling airports.

He said: "In terms of losing flights, we are one of the only airports with Thompson that has seen an increase in routes.

"It all adds to the uniqueness of Robin Hood airport. You can park up and be on a plane and there's not many airports you can do that with any more."

The new routes are welcome additions to the airport which has seen a number of destinations lost including Amsterdam, Paris, Prague and Dublin.

The airport had said that Thompson had axed a number of flights to concentrate on its traditional core market of "sun" destinations.

Neil Morris, planning director for TUI, said: "We are always conscious to react to demand and Doncaster is doing very well as an airport for us.

"We have a long term future in Doncaster and we see this as an airport to invest in.

"This is one of the few airports where we are expanding the route network. The only other place is Edinburgh."

It is hoped the revamped areas of the airport will create more of a holiday atmosphere for customers as well as simplifying their journey, a spokesman for Robin Hood airport said