//Greater connections for our region with new TUI flights from Doncaster airport

Published 19th December 2019 at 11:28am

Increasing connectivity remains a priority at the Sheffield City Region and the latest news from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is that TUI has continued its expansion by introducing a new long haul route to Cape Verde.

The addition of an extra TUI aircraft operating from the airport for its winter 2020/21 programme will mean an extra 74,000 seats will be added to its capacity over the next 12 months. This expansion further cements Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) as the home of long-haul for Yorkshire, providing an alternative to Manchester Airport for Yorkshire travellers.

It closely follows TUI’s recent announcement of the addition of a fourth TUI aircraft at DSA for the summer 2020 period, adding an extra 136,000 seats, taking it to 32 destinations from the airport.

Robert Hough CBE, Chairman of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said:

 “The addition of Cape Verde as a new route announced in TUI’s winter 2020 programme, is great news for Doncaster Sheffield Airport.  With this latest expansion, together with flights to Sanford, Florida and Cancun, Mexico, we are truly the home of long-haul in Yorkshire.

“The new destinations allow more Yorkshire based passengers to fly locally rather than having to travel over the Pennines, with currently 18,000 people flying per day.

“TUI’s latest announcement will bring our total growth to over a quarter of a million additional passenger seats now on sale and the expanded winter 2020 programme is a great indication of the confidence that TUI has in our established reputation for providing an easy, friendly and relaxed service offering more choice for our customers.”

Doncaster Sheffield Airport serves 55 destinations, and in summer 2019, gained more new routes than any other UK airport adding Eastern Europe, North Africa and Turkey to the existing list of low-cost routes to European travel hubs and popular leisure destinations, driven largely by Wizz Air and TUI.

Fast becoming the UK’s most user-friendly freight airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport combines the convenience of a regional airport with first-class cargo facilities for scheduled services and ad-hoc movement of goods.

The airport’s prime location, operational capacity and on-site service support makes us the airport of choice for a growing number of freight customers with scheduled services first operating from DSA in 2017.  The airport took the cargo operation in-house in 2018, having grown the business rapidly since 2015.

Cargo is an important strand of the masterplan strategy and the airport aspires to grow this to 200,000 tonnes per annum.

New winter destinations from DSA will now include Fuerteventura, Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh and the long-haul destination of Cape Verde.

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