EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Robin Hood Airport

Robin Hood Airport

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham; South Yorkshire; Yorkshire and the Humber
Location of affected unit(s): Finningley


Sector: Transportation / storage
Transportation and storage
51 - Air transport
Group: Peel Holdings

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 28-04-2005
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2015
Planned Job Creation: 7600

Additional Information

The new Robin Hood airport, near Doncaster, has opened on 28 April 2005 and has already created 600 jobs in an area heavily hit by coal mining closures. The prospects are for a further 7,000 jobs to come over the next 10 years. Peel Holdings, which operates the airport, claims that Robin Hood is the first full-service facility to open in Britain 'for 30 years'. The airport has the capacity to handle 2.3 million passengers a year and 62,000 tonnes of freight, and its 1.7 mile runway is capable of taking the new A380 Airbus.