Doncaster Sheffield Airport (formerly Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield) is located 6 miles southeast of Doncaster, and 19 miles east of Sheffield in South Yorkshire.
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The airport is owned by Peel Airports (The Peel Group), and is located at the former RAF Finningley base which operated the Avro Vulcan nuclear bomber during the Cold War.
Doncaster Sheffield is the second largest airport in Yorkshire after Leeds Bradford Airport.
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Arrivals/Departures & Scanner Frequencies
Doncaster Sheffield Airport Scanner Frequencies:
Approach - 126.225
Radar - 129.050
Tower - 128.775
ATIS - 134.950
Finningley Airfield was opened in 1915 as a military base. During World War I it was used by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) who protected the industrial cities of the north by intercepting German Zeppelins. In the World War II it was used for training crews for Bomber Command. During the Cold War it was a base for nuclear-armed Vulcan bombers. It was primarily used for training again in the 1970s and 1980s. The base was decommisioned in 1995.
In 2005, it was reopened as Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield after low-cost flights and rising passenger numbers made a new airport feasable. Long-haul flights to North America began in 2007 with Flyglobespan but have since been discontinued.
Since 2011, the airport has been the home base of the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan (XH558) aircraft. XH558 made its last flight in October 2015 and landed back at the airport.
As the airport was used by Vulcan bombers, it has a long and wide runway which is suitable for wide-bodied, long-haul, or cargo-carrying aircraft. There is also significant room at the airport for expansion for the future.
In 2011, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust relocated Avro Vulcan XH558 (G-VLCN) to the airport. XH558 was restored to flight in 2007 with its final flight in October 2015 and it is now permanently grounded at Doncaster Sheffield Airport where there is good access for the public to see this aircraft up close. The Trust intends to remain at the airport, and make the Vulcan the focus of a new educational and heritage facility, the first stage being to establish the Vulcan Aviation Academy & Heritage Centre. XH558 will be maintained and will perform regular taxi runs which is dependent on funding.
Defence company BAE Systems previously operated its Aircraft Maintenance Academy from No. 3 Hangar at the airport but it is presently occupied by 2Excel Aviation providing Design, production and Maintenance services. As of July 2014, Robin Hood Airport is the home of the last Boeing 727 ever to be built. It is one of two previous FedEx Express airliners that are being converted as Oil Spill Response aircraft. The aircraft belongs to T2 Aviation and has the registration of G-OSRA. It can often be found circling at a low altitude above the airport as part of their training exercises.
In December 2016, the airport had a change of name from Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
The airport is home to two flight training schools for fixed wing and one helicopter flight school. Doncaster Sheffield Flight Training, Yorkshire Aero Club and Hummingbird Helicopters which provides Introductory flying lessons and training towards the Private Pilot's Licence.
Getting to Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport
The airport is located close to the M18 motorway, a road link from Junction 3 of the M18 to Parrot's Corner (junction of the A638 and the B6463) was opened on 29 February 2016 before being extended to the airport on 15 June 2018. The Sat Nav postcode is DN9 3XA
. If you are using an in-car satellite navigation system to help you find the airport, you might find that not all of the software features Robin Hood Airport as a destination. TIP: use 'Hurst Lane, Doncaster' as your destination. From there you can follow signs for Robin Hood Airport.
Doncaster Rail Station is the closest station to Robin Hood Airport, situated just 7 miles away. Regular services connect to/from Sheffield, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Darlington, Hull, Scunthorpe, Retford, Lincoln Central and many more. London Kings Cross is only 1 hour 35 mins away too. From Doncaster train station walk to the Interchange and catch the 57a or 57c bus service which drops off at the Doncaster Sheffield Airport terminal.
The 57a and 57c bus services stop directly at the airport terminal and terminate at the Doncaster Interchange.
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