Doncaster Sheffield Airport to close next month

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Doncaster Sheffield Airport is set to close next month as the board of directors concludes strategic review

Following a two-month review by the airport owners, Peel Group today announced that flights would “begin to wind down” from October 31 onwards.

In a statement, Peel Group said that a strategic review had concluded that airport was “not viable due to its lack of adequate forward revenues and high operating costs”.

It said business had been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, a shortfall in passenger numbers and the departure of operator Wizz Air.

A consultation process will now begin with airport what is believed to be over 800 people in the local area

Last week, political leaders offered public money to keep the airport operating into 2023.

Chairman of Peel Airports Group Robert Hough said: “We recognise that this will come as a great disappointment to many. The intractable problem remains the fundamental and insufficient lack of current or prospective revenue streams, together with the airport’s high operating costs. 

“Our employees have always been DSA’s greatest asset, and we are grateful to them all, past and present, for their dedication and diligence over the years. The immediate priority remains to continue engaging closely with them over the next few weeks.

“As such, DSA will now begin a formal process of consulting with team members. We will do everything we can to minimise the impact of these proposals and work closely with local authorities and agencies to support our employees through what we know will be an extremely difficult period.”

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