For the fourth consecutive year, the soon-to-be-closed Doncaster Sheffield airport has been named best in the UK by consumer champions, Which? It’s a bittersweet victory for the South Yorkshire airport after owners Peel Group decided to close claiming the site is no longer viable.
Which? asked over 7,500 members for their experiences from flying from UK airports over the last two years and Doncaster gained the top spot beating out similar-sized airports like Liverpool John Lennon and Exeter.
Doncaster Sheffield airport gained a satisfaction score of 85% with travellers praising the staff and faultless service giving the staff five stars. It also gained five stars for queues, baggage claim, seating and toilets.
The owners Peel Group are set to close the airport on October 31st. The airport can be found near Doncaster and serves around 1.4 million passengers a year and flies to 54 destinations worldwide.
Rumours have been swirling for months now, as it’s been said that owners Peel Group has pumped £250m into the airport without any profit. 800 jobs are at risk.
Despite petitions from locals to keep the airport running, owners insist there were no tangible solutions to the airport’s financial problems.
A statement reads: “Today the Peel Group announces that the Strategic Review at Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has ended,
“Regretfully, no tangible proposals have been received regarding the ownership of the airport or which address the fundamental lack of financial viability.
“The high fixed costs associated with running a safe, regulated airport, together with recent events materially reducing prospective future aviation income streams, mean that a break-even business plan cannot be identified for the foreseeable future.
“As a result, DSA will begin winding down the provision of aviation services during the week commencing Monday, 31 October 2022.”