Bosses from Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport have welcomed the start of work on a key road which will reduce journey times for airport passengers.
Steve Gill, the airport’s managing director, said the much anticipated Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) will reduce the journey time from Sheffield to just 25 minutes.
He said: “We are delighted that the development of the new road has begun.
“This is fantastic news, not just for the airport but for the region. In the long term this development could lead to the creation of over 20,000 jobs and the investment of over £1.5bn. This will be a transformational project.
“FARRRS will bring an additional 500,000 people within 30 minutes of Doncaster Sheffield Airport and an additional one million within the 60 minute drive time, taking the total catchment to over 6.2 million.
“From day one Doncaster Council understood the strategic importance of this road to the region and how it can help the airport realise its potential and so we are delighted to see work commence. The delivery of this much needed infrastructure will truly place the airport at the heart of the region, helping to position Doncaster Sheffield Airport as the natural airport of choice for passengers and freight operators.”
FARRRS will see a new link road from Junction 3 of the M18 serve the south-east of Doncaster, making a trip to the airport even easier for those travelling from all areas including Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and further afield. The journey time from Sheffield will be reduced by up to 15 minutes.
Paul Cooper of Thomson and First Choice, the biggest tour operator out of Doncaster Sheffield airport, said: “Anything that makes holiday makers journeys to the airport easier is fantastic for us as a company. We are really proud to offer a wide variety of holidays from regional airports such as Doncaster Sheffield, as we know how important it is for customers to have the option to fly from their local airport.
“With the addition of this new road, our customers are able to jet away to sunnier climes without the added hassle of a long drive to the airport.”