Doncaster to Belfast flights pulled

Robin Hood Airport
Robin Hood Airport

AIR passengers from Doncaster will no longer be able to fly to one of the UK’s capital cities from the end of the month.

Operators Flybe has blamed fewer domestic flight passengers for the decision to pull daily services from Robin Hood Airport to Belfast.

The route, one of over 200 operated by the airline, will stop on October 30. And both Flybe and Robin Hood bosses have criticised the government’s air passenger duty system for contributing to falling numbers of passengers.

A spokesman for the Finningley terminal said: “It would appear that once again the air passenger duty, levied both ways on this domestic service, has contributed to making this route no longer viable for the airline.

“The UK has the highest rate of flight tax in the world and on a typical return flight between Doncaster and Belfast City Airport the APD fee can make up over 50 per cent of the total fare charged.

She added Peel Airports, the firm which owns Robin Hood, has started exploring opportunities to replace the service.