Airport ready for the tourists rush

Robin Hood Airport
Robin Hood Airport

BOSSES at Robin Hood Airport are expecting one of their busiest days ever today, as Doncaster prepares for the Easter getaway.

Over 30,000 passengers are expected to pass through the terminal from today until the end of the school holidays in two weeks time, for what will be the Finningley airport’s busiest period of the year so far.

The most popular routes are set to be Mediterranean resorts and city break destinations.

The airport’s duty free shop has brought in extra stock to cope with anticipated demand.

Lorraine Daffern, head of terminal services and security for the airport, said: “This will be a really busy period and we all look forward to welcoming passengers ahead of their flights.

“Preparations have been underway for some time to make sure that passengers continue to have a great experience here, even when we are busier than usual.”

But Doncaster’s hotels are hoping that the cold weather will mean a boost in trade at home, too.

Richard McAvoy, boss of the Mount Pleasant Hotel on Great North Road, near Rossington, said Doncaster usually emptied out at Easter with tourists heading to the coast.

But he said he thought the cold weather may affect that.

He said: “The Easter holidays usually see something of an evacuation of Doncaster, but the current weather may make people more likely to stay in Doncaster over the Easter holidays.

“That should mean we and other places like us can pick up more from the restaurant trade.

“The Easter holidays is also a popular time for weddings, so that keeps the hotels busy too.”

Several Doncaster attractions are running events over the Easter period, for those who are staying in the borough.

The Frenchgate Centre has an Easter Egg hunt throughout the Easter week, while Brodsworth Hall also has an egg hunt as part of a World War Two-themed Easter weekend of entertainment