Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA/EGCN)

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A much-needed new airport serving the UK's 4th largest city.

New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

Middle East Hub
70,000 point to point journeys to the Gulf – huge volumes of connecting traffic available.
Over 300,000 indirect journeys to Africa, Asia, Australasia

Marketing and other support

Operators to DSA can expect strong levels of regional support from a number of tourism and development partners.

  • Part of the Peel Airports Group alongside Liverpool John Lennon and Durham Tees Valley Airports – The Airport Group for the North of England
  • Committed to developing flexible and attractive “partnership” commercial proposals, designed to incentivised sustainable growth and develop win-win relationships.
  • Marketing and Commercial Support Available
    • Dedicated sales and marketing team.
    • Destination-specific route marketing campaigns working jointly with you.
    • Customer-focused PR campaigns from both airport and regional partners.
    • Ongoing regional overseas marketing campaigns.
    • Newly-established Yorkshire International Tourism Sales.

Catchment Area

Playing hard: DSA serves a sports-mad catchment including the home of the St Leger, the World Snooker Championships and is an important athletics venue.

Why Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the Sheffield City Region…?.

  • The new airport for Sheffield City Region – England’s 4th largest city and home to 1.8 million people. – An underserved market with significant growth potential
  • Doncaster Sheffield Airport is the UK’s newest airport. Opened in 2005 and already established as a thriving regional airport welcoming 1 million passengers per annum.
  • City Region with a balanced and stable economy growing faster than other UK core cities – GVA growth of 6% per annum.
  • “Made in Sheffield” – One of the world’s oldest recognised quality marks. City is now home to a high-tech producer economy with global centres of excellence for Boeing and Rolls Royce.
  • Doncaster itself is a well established transport hub with excellent road/rail connectivity.
  • Core catchment surrounded by several key UK cities including Leeds, Nottingham, Hull, York and Lincoln, providing 6 million passengers within 60 mins drive time – 10% of the UK’s population
  • Yorkshire – has global brand recognition and annual tourism spend of £6.3 billion
  • Central location, ideal for world famous tourism destinations including the Peak District and the historic cities of York and Lincoln.
  • DSA is Yorkshire and the Humber’s ONLY viable long haul Airport serving the area to the East of the Pennines.
  • ALTHOUGH THE AIRPORT IS NEW, DEMAND IS PROVEN. Massive opportunity to “claw back” c. 90% of journeys that have O&D in the airports core catchment and use services from other airports
  • 45 min catchment – 1.8 million
  • 60 min catchment – 6 million
  • 90 min catchment – 12 million
  • 120 min catchment – 23 million

Made in Sheffield


The Sheffield City Region and beyond offers a diverse tourism offer, highlights include:

  • Historic Cities: Both frequently voted among the best UK cities to visit, York was voted as the European Tourism City of the Year 07/08 and Lincoln featured as a backdrop to the Da Vinci Code and Pride and Prejudice.
  • The Great Outdoors: Sheffield is the only UK city with a National Park (The Peak District) within its boundary , the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire/Lincolnshire are also within reach
  • Sport: Home of the St Leger (the oldest classic horse race in the world), the World Snooker Championship and birthplace of world’s oldest football team, Sheffield FC.
  • Culture: The UK’s largest theatre complex outside of London’s West End, the largest independent cinema in the UK and a thriving live music scene
  • Business Tourism: Winner of the UK’s Best Destination at the 2008 Confex awards, with venues for all sizes of events and budget.
  • Sherwood Forest and the Legend of Robin Hood: Internationally recognised legend and the subject of many famous film and television productions. 2009′s Nottingham starring Russell Crowe is sure to stir the debate over the outlaw’s origins.

Economy and major companies:

  • Named as one of Europe’s “Seven Dazzling Cities” for Regeneration by the LSE.
    • Alongside Belfast, Bilbao, Bremen, Leipzig, Saint Etienne, Torino
    • Praised for approach to regeneration, economic development and social inclusion.
  • Major companies in the Sheffield City Region include:
    • ATI Allvac, Boeing, B Braun, Bridon, Corus, DLA Piper, Firth Rixon, General Electric, Nabarro, Outo Kumpu, Pegler Yorkshire, Rolls Royce, Sandvik, Sheffield, Forgemasters, Siemens VAI, Swann Morton, Thales

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

The most effective freighter airport in the UK

The UK’s Freighter Gateway

At the centre of the UK with easy access to the M18, M1, A1M, M62 and M180 Doncaster- Sheffield is the ideal airport for freighter operations. DSA is justifiably gaining the reputation as the most effective freighter airport in the UK. The attributes that are delivering this include:

  • Ease of arrangements
  • Location
  • Exceptional performance record
  • 24 hour operation
  • Runway 2,893m x 60m
  • Class “D” controlled airspace
  • No slot constraints/congestion
  • Competitive jet juel prices
  • Short taxiing distances
  • Excellent cargo reception and handling
  • Inclusive pricing
  • NEQ capacity up to 9,300kg Hotac

For quotations and further information please contact:

Paul Rodwell – Cargo Director, Peel Airports

T: 07917 649325

email address.


  • Situated in the heart of the UK, DSA offers excellent access to the Sheffield City Region, and acts as a gateway to the North of England and the Midlands.
  • Located within 20 minutes of five major motorways
    • A1 (M)/M1/M62/M18 /M180
  • Doncaster is located on the East Coast Mainline offering high speed rail connections across the UK – London is just 90 minutes away.
  • Doncaster’s Transport Interchange offers frequent multimodal connections – the airport is linked to the interchange by shuttle bus every 20 mins.

Operational Information

Doncaster Sheffield Airport
  • 24 hour operation
  • No slot restrictions
  • Fire and rescue Category 7 – upgraded to Cat 8/9 on request.
  • 8 terminal facing Stands – Up to 747 and AN 124 compatible)
  • Class “D” Controlled Airspace
  • Excellent weather record with low diversion rate.


  • 2893m x 60m runway
  • No Slot Constraints
  • 24 Hour Operation

Single Terminal

  • Opened in 2005
  • Purpose-built, future-proofed terminal building
  • Current capacity of 3.5 mppa.
  • Convenient short/long stay passenger car park, directly opposite the terminal building.
  • Short distances – car park to check-in – check-in to gate.

Service Providers

Refueling ASIG/ConocoPhillips – Jet A1
Passenger Handling Servisair
Catering LSG SkyChefs
Security G4S
Cargo Transit Shed Cargo Handling Centre

DSA Draft Masterplan

Published in late 2008, the document sets out the airport’s growth ambitions until 2030. It proposes major infrastructure improvements to meet growth in passenger throughput including:

  • A capability to increase terminal capacity to 10 mppa
  • On-site railway station
  • Multi storey passenger car park
  • 62 acre aviation related business park.
  • Additional hotel accommodation
  • Further cargo development and potential transhipment hub
  • MRO facilities