Traveller numbers taking off

ROBIN Hood Airport has reported an annual increase in passengers despite major disruption caused by snow and the volcanic ash cloud.

The arrival of low cost carrier easyJet was seen as a key factor in airport bosses recording a five per cent rise in numbers using Finningley.

In 2010 895,136 travellers used Doncaster, compared to 851,355 the previous year.

Mike Morton, airport director, said: “This is fantastic news, especially given the difficulties we faced in the travel industry in 2010.

“Despite this we saw more passengers taking off and landing in Doncaster.”

Airport bosses said they were confident of another year of growth despite easyJet pulling out of Robin Hood in early January after only eight months.

Ryanair is launching routes to Tenerife and Faro - the Portuguese destination being one of five easyJet used to serve - while Wizz Air will start flights to the Lithuanian capital city of Vilnius.