Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a call has gone out to rename the Doncaster Sheffield airport, which currently faces closure, to pay tribute to her.
The Queen died aged 96 last Thursday, and the proposal that has been put forward aims to honour the Queen and her 70 years of service to the crown.
A Save Doncaster Sheffield Airport campaigner said: “In view of the fact that The Queen bestowed city status as one of the last significant acts of her reign, saving and renaming DSA would be a fitting thing to do in her honour.”
The Queen recently awarded Doncaster with city statues as part of the Platinum Jubilee in what was the city’s fourth attempt.
This wouldn’t be the first name change for the airport, which was originally called Robin Hood Airport but was changed due to some people’s belief that the historical figure was more linked to Nottinghamshire rather than Doncaster.
All of this would be a moot point if the airport is closed. The newly appointed Prime Minister Liz Truss pledged to protect the airport in her first Prime Minister’s question time.
Don Valley MP Nick Fletcher asked the prime minister in her first question time to write to the Major of South Yorkshire, Oliver Coppard and Peel Group to “remind them of their duties, powers and responsibilities”.
He said: “Will [the prime minister] use the full weight of her office on these decision-makers so as to keep our Doncaster Sheffield Airport open?”
Truss responded by saying she had already asked the new transport secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, to contact South Yorkshire officials to discuss the airport’s future.
Ms Truss said: “Regional airports, including Doncaster Sheffield, are a vital part of our economic growth. “[Ms Trevelyan] is already contacting the people in Doncaster and Sheffield to make sure that we do protect this airport and we protect that vital infrastructure and connectivity that helps our economy grow.”
Doncaster and serves around 1.4 million passengers a year and flies to 54 destinations worldwide. And has had a petition signed by over 100,000 people to save it.