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Doncaster Sheffield Airport
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This UK airport is permanently closing and most flights have been cancelled

The move will cost thousands of jobs and affect dozens of major routes

Written by
Faima Bakar

The pandemic has caused many businesses to shut around the world, but no one expects airports to close down, especially given the surge in travel since restrictions loosened.

Sadly, though, Doncaster Sheffield Airport has revealed it will permanently be closing and that flights will start ‘winding down’ from October 31, with an official closing date to be released later.

The move will cost thousands of jobs and affect dozens of major routes as the airport runs several thousands of flights a year.

Peel Group, which owns the airport, said the closure was due to a ‘lack of adequate forward revenues and high operating costs’.

Wizz Air, one of the airport’s largest operators, has already scrapped its flights, leaving just TUI journeys. Some of the most popular destinations from Doncaster Sheffield include Lanzarote, Tenerife and Bucharest. 

Doncaster Sheffield was the 26th biggest airport in the UK, according to aviation analytic firm Cirium. It was also voted the country’s best airport in 2017.

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