City Region businesses give Yorkshire Airport their backing

Business leaders from across the Sheffield City Region have given a Yorkshire airport their backing at a special advocacy event.

Representatives from the private sector included board members and the chair of the LEP, council leaders, chamber chief executives and representatives of many big businesses who joined with Peel and the management team from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to officially launch the Airport Advocacy initiative.

Robert Hough, chairman of Peel Airports, who helped Liverpool John Lennon Airport grow from 200,000 passengers per annum to 5.8 million at its peak, welcomed the group and said: “Doncaster Sheffield Airport has so much potential and we are looking to businesses in the city region to work with the airport to help it reach that potential and in turn help the city region flourish.”

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “We were delighted to welcome so many representatives from a range of businesses from across the Sheffield City Region to this event.

“Following the Peel Group’s re-acquisition of the airport in early 2013 we set out plans to deliver an airport that meets the needs of the city region. We have invested significantly and made great progress in the last 18 months.

“We’ve seen the start of construction of the new airport link road which will significantly improve access to the airport from the city region and have been named the UK’s best airport for customer service.

“This was a great opportunity for us to share the airports aspirations and update the business community about what we are doing to deliver global connectivity for the city region.”

Businesses heard about how they could get involved with the airport through the advocacy initiative and help to contribute o the region’s future prosperity.

James Newman, chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, told the group that Doncaster Sheffield Airport had the full backing and support of the LEP and he said: “For a city region to prosper it needs a successful airport. We can help the airport to achieve its potential by adding our voice and support in this new advocacy initiative.

“The new road will improve connectivity to the Sheffield City Region and with the voices of the airport advocacy group be a real pull for airlines to look at bringing their business to the airport.”

The advocacy group will see businesses working closely with the airport to act as ambassadors, share data regarding their current business travel needs and add their voice of support in discussions with airlines.

Businesses wishing to hear more about the advocacy initiative should email aviation@peelairports.com.