TUI UK launches Dreamliner flight service from Doncaster Sheffield to Florida

TUI UK, the UK-based holiday operator, has launched its new TUI Airways Dreamliner flight from Doncaster Sheffield airport to Orlando Sanford in Florida.

The new weekly flight to Sanford, Florida will be operated on Boeing 787.

In addition, TUI also announced a new summer 2020 route to Cancun from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, as well as a further new route to Girona, Spain.

Dawn Wilson, Managing Director of TUI Airways said: ‘We are so excited to be launching flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Florida today as we know how popular Florida is for UK holidaymakers and the importance of flying from a local airport. We’re always looking at ways to provide a seamless, end-to-end experience for our customers, which is why we continue to introduce more and more fantastic destinations from regional airports.

‘We are also delighted to be announcing a brand-new summer 2020 route from Doncaster Sheffield to Girona, a popular Spanish destination which will operate alongside another long-haul favourite Cancun, Mexico. We are confident customers will benefit from our continued growth at Doncaster Sheffield airport.’

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘This is a momentous day for us here at DSA. The team has been excited about this maiden long-haul flight since it was first announced in 2018, increasing TUI seats from DSA by 25% from this April. This and the new route to Girona illustrates huge confidence in DSA and our established reputation for an easy, friendly, relaxed service for our customers. We’re proud to be the home of long-haul flights for the region and look forward to our Cancun service starting next year.’

TUI Airways has three aircraft based at Doncaster Sheffield, and will be flying to 27 destinations this summer.

Doncaster Sheffield announces new route to Belfast, return of Palma de Mallorca flights in summer

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has announced a new Flybe route to the Northern Ireland capital Belfast, adding to its range of over 40 destinations across Europe.

The new service is set to start in summer 2018. Besides tourists and holidaymakers, local businesses will also benefit from the new route. Tickets for the route are available for booking now, and the first flight will take off on June 15, 2018.

In addition to the Belfast route, Doncaster Sheffield Airport will also see the return of Palma de Mallorca flights in summer 2018. The route was introduced in July 2017, and operated through to October. A major city and seaport located in the southwest of Majorca, Palma is the capital of the Spanish island of Mallorca. The twice weekly flights will be operated from May 28 until September 24, offering customers a chance to plan a seasonal break to the Baleari island.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director at DSA, comments: ‘We are always pleased to introduce more routes to DSA’s repertoire but know this route to Belfast is one that our customers have been keen to see and so are delighted to be able to make it a reality. Being able to extend our route to Palma de Mallorca is again through listening to our customers and ensuring we are the easy and obvious choice for their travel needs.’

Flybe Interim Chief Commercial Officer Ronnie Matheson, said: ‘We are pleased to announce an expansion to our 2018 Summer schedule from Doncaster Sheffield. The brand new route to Belfast offers a flexible schedule ideal for those who want to make a short business trip or a longer break to really see what Belfast has to offer, especially as Belfast City airport is just 10 minutes from the heart of Belfast. The return of flights to Palma de Mallorca offers a key summer holiday route for families and we look forward to welcoming everybody on-board in the summer.’

Doncaster Sheffield Airport adds new TUI routes for summer 2018

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has said that it will add two new routes – Naples, Italy and Hurghada City, Egypt, operated by holiday company TUI, as the airport continues to expand its range of over 40 destinations across Europe and beyond.

TUI’s first flight to Naples will take off on May 7, 2018, leaving every Monday throughout the summer months, with services operational until the end of October 2018. The new routes will add nearly 20,000 new seats of capacity. The new flights to the Italian city are on sale currently.

TUI will also be operating a new weekly route to Hurghada, Egypt for those looking to book a holiday for winter 2018/19. Hurghada City is the second largest Egyptian city on the Red Sea and, with its world-renowned coral reefs, is one of Egypt’s leading holiday destinations.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are thrilled to introduce this summer time route to Naples and a brand new route to DSA, in Hurghada City, Egypt. It is fantastic news for the local area, and for the wider Yorkshire region – with DSA now being even more convenient and well connected, thanks to the Great Yorkshire Way motorway link road and new direct bus services from Doncaster and Sheffield.’

Karen Switzer, Director of Aviation Planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘We’re excited that one of our first steps as TUI, a truly global brand, is to offer greater choice for our customers in Yorkshire. Introducing the new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is a key part of our strategy to offer all our customers as much choice as possible to give them the holiday experience that best suits their individual needs. Holidaymakers in the local area will now have wider access than ever before to our diverse collection of destinations and hotel concepts.’

The two new routes – Naples and Hurghada – are in addition to the new TUI route announced in August from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the Greek island of Kefalonia. The once a week package holiday flights will take off on Thursday May 3, 2018 and continue through until the end of September 2018, allowing customers to stay at the luxury TUI Sensimar Hotel located on the south of the Island. Flights to the Greek island are already on sale providing extra 4,500 seats for holiday makers flying from DSA, the airport said.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces new winter destination, Chambery

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced the Chambery in the Rhone-Alps region of south eastern France as the latest route in its Flybe winter programme, starting from December 17, 2016.

Given its proximity to Mont Blanc, Chambery – the gateway to a number of Alpine ski resorts – offers easy access to some of the finest slopes and facilities for the winter-sports lovers of Yorkshire. Chambery also offers increased tourism options being next to Lake Bourget, offering scenic views through walking routes as well being a historical city centre.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be adding a further destination to our Flybe winter programme in Chambery, coming swiftly on the back of announcing Dusseldorf to our new routes with Flybe. Being able to offer a winter sports destination as part of our winter programme is a great addition to our offer to customers alongside traditional getaway favourites like Alicante, Tenerife and Malaga.’

‘The new Flybe routes will offer an additional 500,000 seats and with growth from our incumbent airlines, we are predicting double-digit growth in 2016 with passenger figures rising to 1.35 million this year,’ added Gill.

Flybe’s chief revenue officer, Vincent Hodder, commented: ‘As Europe’s largest regional airline, we specialise in connecting the UK regions to Europe so we are pleased to add to our already extensive winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, these two additional routes to Dusseldorf and Chambery. We see them as a natural addition to our network from our new base and are confident that they will prove attractive options both for business travel and for winter getaways.’

With the new Chambery route and the recently announced Dusseldorf route, Flybe’s new base in Yorkshire at Doncaster Sheffield Airport will serve 10 winter destinations.

Starting December 17, 2016, flights to Chambery will operate once a week on Saturdays. Tickets are now available for booking, with one way fares available for booking at www.flybe.com from £44.99 including taxes and charges.

The new Dusseldorf service will operate four times a week with Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante and Malaga remaining unchanged for the winter and Berlin increasing to daily. Faro and Newquay will be replaced with the two new popular winter routes, while capacity to Jersey will reduce to three times weekly in winter, the airport said in its release.

Flybe announces new routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Yorkshire’s Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has announced the launch of new Flybe flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle, and also announced a new business route to Dusseldorf that will be available for booking from March 31, 2016.

Part of a new eight-route deal between Flybe and the airport, the launch of the new routes will see the UK-based budget airline deliver the largest number of departures from the Yorkshire airport, offering some 42 extra flights per week. As part of the deal, nearly 500,000 extra new flight seats will be available to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jersey, Newquay, Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to see the first Flybe flight taking passengers to Paris this morning. Our new motorway link road, Great Yorkshire Way, opened just in time for the new influx of passengers, making journeys to the airport much quicker and bringing six million people to within an hour’s drive.’

‘We are also delighted to announce that today (24 March) Flybe has strengthened its commitment with a further new route and expansion of its Berlin services. New flights to Dusseldorf are set to commence for the winter season. Services to Berlin will also increase from four weekly to daily, due to unprecedented demand from the Sheffield City regions business community.

‘Providing the Sheffield City Region with the business services it needs has long been an ambition and now that these services are here we must see the region voting with their feet and using them. Passenger demand to date has exceeded expectations. This is a phenomenal start but there is still much work to do,’ Gill added.

Vincent Hodder, chief revenue officer, Flybe said ‘Today is a day we have been working towards for a long time with eight brand new routes starting over the next few days from a brand new base – and we are delighted to announce details of yet another new route with a service to Dusseldorf. We are confident we have created a schedule that delivers attractive travel options that are both appealing and affordable as well as providing opportunities for onward global connections. Flybe prides itself on offering great value fares and a convenient, fast, reliable service to some very popular destinations. We look forward to welcoming all our new passengers on board.’

The new Embraer 195 jet aircraft that took off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Paris on March 24, inscribed with ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ livery, will be used to promote the Yorkshire region to potential tourists across Europe and the UK. Under the new deal, Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Flybe were recently announced as the official airport and airline partner of the tourism agency respectively.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport is expected to register double-digit growth in 2016, with the extra seats and growth from other carriers expected to take passenger figures from 900,000 in 2015 to 1.35 million in 2016, the airport said.

Olympic Torch Receives Warm Welcome at Holiday Inn Sheffield

A large welcoming committee at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel in Sheffield, UK, greeted the Olympic Torch at a reception hosted by the hotel.

The Holiday Inn brand is the official hotel services provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as a supporting partner for the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Olympic sponsors, local celebrities, and members of the UK Sports Federations were in attendance at the reception.

Nick Clegg said, ‘It was an honour to be part of welcoming the Olympic flame to our city.

Monday’s events fired the starting gun for Sheffield’s Olympic celebrations, but the city’s hard work started a long time ago. By the time the opening ceremony begins, one in seven team GB athletes will have trained in Sheffield including Paralympic table tennis player Will Bayley, who is tipped for a medal win. And of course we all have high hopes for Sheffield’s Jessica Ennis.

But this isn’t just about watching a great sporting spectacle on TV. Here in Sheffield over 160 sports, education and community projects have been inspired by the Olympics – the Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders in Sport is recruiting young people to lead sports events in schools and Sheftival 2012 will see the best of our city’s music, radio and sport completely take over Don Valley for the first weekend in August.’

The hotel general manager, Steven Vandevelde, said, ‘We were thrilled that our hotel was elected to host the Official Torch Relay party, particularly as it coincides with the hotels 150th birthday. It is wonderful that Sheffield, the UK City of Sport, was so honoured and we are absolutely delighted that our guests and our team had the opportunity to see the Olympic Flame, as it journeys across the UK, carried by the 8,000 inspirational people.’

 

Sheffield is New UK Caravan Hotspot

Sheffield, a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England, is the home of the largest percentage of caravan and motor home owners in the UK, according to a survey conducted by Safeguard UK, a company that provides insurance for caravan owners.

The company has reported that around 10 percent of its caravan insurance buyers are from South Yorkshire, more than from any other single area of the UK. Part of South Yorkshire is located within the Peak District National Park, and it is also relatively close to the Lake District, the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, all of which are destinations known for their scenic landscapes.

For most caravan owners, ease of access to caravan parks is an important criterion when buying a caravan or a motor home. This could be why Sheffield is such a caravanning hotspot, as its location is within such easy reach of vast areas of northern England’s most picturesque destinations, and caravan sites abound. Sheffield is also within easy reach of several of the UK’s main motorways, including the M1 and M18, making it an ideal centre from which to explore the UK countryside.

The survey also highlighted that London residents are less likely to be attracted to the benefits of caravan ownership, due to a lack of proper parking facilities in the congested city limits.

Andy Leech, the head of Safeguard, said, ‘While the counties of Yorkshire have some of the nicest scenery in the UK, its residents are furthest from the coast so it’s likely that they use their caravan or motor home to travel to seaside resorts for breaks away from home. Residents in central London probably struggle to store a caravan or motor home as space is limited in the capital, so it’s no surprise that there is such little concentration of Safeguard customers in those areas.’