My View, Steve Gill: Passenger numbers up in summer rush

A Wizz Air flight taking off from Robin Hood Airport
A Wizz Air flight taking off from Robin Hood Airport

The summer holidays are well and truly under way.

And that means that the team at Doncaster Sheffield Airport are geared up for a busy school holiday period.

More than 145,000 passengers are expected to pass through our terminal over the next couple of months as families set off on their summer breaks.

The great news at the present time is that our passenger figures are 20 percent up for this period year on year and that is a strong sign that things are starting to move in the right direction with the economy.

After a difficult few years, which hit the travel industry hard, more people are now booking foreign travel as part of their holiday plans.

With over 35 destinations on offer from our airport here in Doncaster, it is great to see that more and more people are now making the decision to fly from their local airport.

The five most popular destinations this summer from Doncaster Sheffield Airport are expected to be Palma, Dalaman, Ibiza, Malaga and Corfu.

As well as the most popular routes for summer 2016, we also fly to a wide choice of Mediterranean resorts and a number of city break destinations.

These are served by operators such as Thomson, First Choice, Thomas Cook, Wizz air and Aer Lingus.

During July and August our car parks look after a huge influx of vehicles.

The on-site catering companies make sure their food and beverage stocks are topped up.

And the Duty Free shop has brought in additional supplies of popular perfumes, cosmetics, spirits and chocolates. 

This will be a really busy period for the airport and we all look forward to welcoming passengers ahead of their flights. 

We are proud to have won awards at Doncaster Sheffield Airport for how well we look after our passengers.

And to have been recognised nationally by the Which? Magazine survey is great.

It is important for us that these high standards are maintained throughout our busiest period of the year and preparations for the additional throughput have been underway for some time.

This is so we can make sure that passengers continue to have a great experience here.

Despite the unpredictable weather we’ve been experiencing over the past few weeks in Yorkshire, passengers visiting Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be sure to get a warm welcome from the team and from the Friends of Doncaster.

Sheffield Airport (FODSA) volunteers give their time to help people have a smooth and relaxing start to their holiday.

* Steve Gill, managing director, Robin Hood Airport