Save Sheffield City Airport for the benefit of the people and businesses of Sheffield and Rotherham

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January 2014

Doncaster Robin Hood Airport -

Experian Credit Report latest:

Business 03693609 - Doncaster Sheffield Airport Ltd

Score - 15
Risk - Maximum Risk.
Credit Limit - £0
Credit Rating -

Date of accounts.

31st Mar 2011 - Turnover £7,456,345 Pre-Tax Profit/Loss     £10,762.009m LOSS

31st Mar 2012 - Turnover £6,657.941 Pre-Tax Profit/Loss     £11,603.579m LOSS

31st Mar 2013 - Turnover £6,657.941 Pre-Tax Profit/Loss     £19,898.340m LOSS


Welcome to RESCA

Sheffield City Airport is ½ mile from Junction 33 off the M1 in the middle of Sheffield’s Local Enterprise Zone, adjacent to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, only four miles from the centre of Sheffield and three miles from the centre of Rotherham. These two communities have a combined population of nearly one million and within a sixty minute drive the population exceeds nine million.

Opened in July 1997 to serve South Yorkshire’s business community it was built, because of Sheffield’s many hills, on the only suitable site in the area, just off Sheffield Parkway and Junction 33 of the M1.

Sir Roger Bone. President, Boeing United Kingdom
September 2012

Nick Clegg MP states:

“It is clear to me that, in hindsight, the Sheffield City Airport should have been better developed ……it seems reasonable to me that local authorities should explore all the potential solutions for the airport before the site is built upon.”

“Given that potential bidders interested in reopening the Airport have now made themselves known, I hope that local authorities including Sheffield City Council will do all they can to facilitate a successful outcome. Simply dismissing this issue out of hand would be unacceptable and not portray the business-friendly image the city should be portraying.

“It is my view as a local constituency MP that, if possible, any potential bids are given a fair hearing by the relevant local authorities before redevelopment of the site proceeds.”
January 2013

Federation Of Small Business Regional Chairman, Gordon Millward commented:

“It is our considered opinion that a regional airport will be of infinitely greater value than yet another business park to the future development of the City Region. There is business property everywhere standing vacant and acres of land all around the region to build more if we need it. What the region needs more than anything else at this time is an urban airport to bring in the businesses and investment to drive the regeneration. This development will complement the continued operation of the Robin Hood Airport, as the two address totally different markets.
December 2012

Stephen Spooner of S. Spooner & Associates Limited said:

"Our company acts as a bridge to China/UK/Europe business and investment. Apart from being too far away and the long-awaited link-road not built yet, from what we understand Robin Hood Airport in our opinion offers no prospects of having serious inter-continental connections for outward business travel, nor indeed more importantly inter-continental business connections for visiting customers. This makes travel from and to the rapidly developing economies in the Far East, Africa and South America difficult. It therefore reduces outward expansion and inward investment."
November 2012

Frank Bigley, Director of Sheffield-based worldwide shipping company Mail Boxes Etc.

“The need for a regional airport is greater than ever. Mail Boxes Etc. uses UPS, Fedex, TNT, DHL, Parcelforce and independents to distribute goods worldwide and frequently encounters how Sheffield is at a severe disadvantage when it comes to transport links with Europe. Parcels take longer to get from Sheffield to European destinations because the lack of an airport gives the major carriers fewer despatch and hub routing options. This is particularly true for eastern European destinations.

“Sheffield is the only city in England not to have a next day parcel delivery service to USA/Canada; it is perceived by the major carriers as third tier and therefore less important than Manchester and Leeds. Because we lack infrastructure we are not seen as a big player, hence the likes of UPS, Fedex, DHL etc will not give Sheffield a next day USA service. Loss of Sheffield City Airport further relegates the City Region in the league of European regional economies.

“China is a large potential market for Sheffield-based business. A regional airport link to the major European hubs and London airports will increase our trade to China for both goods and services, not to mention making it easier for business people to visit China.”
December 2012

David Barrington - Performance Brands Ltd

“I find it so sad that I couldn't stay in the area and bring my business there. As my client list grew, more and more people wanted to meet me in London as they couldn't get to me in Sheffield. I don't think many people understand the commercial impact of not having an airport.”
February 2013



‘The opening of Sheffield City Airport heralds the beginning of a new era in fast convenient travel for the four million people within a forty minute drive who have never had an airport on their doorstep before.’

‘This the first regional airport in the UK for fifty years, has been purpose-built to meet the needs of its passengers, particularly those travelling on business. It is easily accessible from the M1 and network links to the M18, M62 and A1(M) opening up a gateway to Europe for businesses in Sheffield and the region.’

‘Business people are working harder and their time is more valuable. If they can save time on a business trip and avoid the normal hassles then, instead of going elsewhere to wait in queues and struggle with problems associated with congested airport terminals, I think they will want to fly from Sheffield’.

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‘ The location of any airport is fundamental to its success. The location of Sheffield City Airport was no accident or act of convenience brought about by the conversion of a former military airfield. It was a very deliberate decision, designed to maximise the market opportunity presented by the population of more than 4 million people who live and work within a 40 minute journey of its terminal.

‘Access to the Airport for the people of Sheffield and the Region is quick and simple. The Airport lies at the confluence of the Region’s main motorway links, and main line railway stations are within 10 minutes of the terminal.’