Leading travel company makes a flying visit to Yorkshire

Senior representatives from TUI UK & Ireland, which operates holidays under its Thomson and First Choice brands, have paid a flying visit to Yorkshire to inspect work on a new road which will firmly place Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield at the heart of the city region.

The group had a bird’s eye view of progress on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) when they took a helicopter ride along the route.

Steve Gill, Managing Director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “It was fantastic to be able to take TUI UK & Ireland to see the progress on this transformational project.

“The visit involved flying to Sheffield and following the journey travellers will take to get to the airport. 

“Work is going well and the gateway to the city region project is on target to complete by January 2016.

“We were also delighted to talk about performance, growth plans and the future on this trip which was a clear indication of TUI UK & Ireland’s commitment to South Yorkshire.”

FARRRS will dramatically improve journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport supporting development at the new Enterprise Zone and its other business parks.

Thomson and First Choice holidays have been available from Doncaster Sheffield Airport for almost ten years and the company was instrumental in the opening of the Yorkshire transport hub in 2005.

Karen Switzer, director of aviation planning for TUI UK & Ireland, said: ‘To see the scale of the project and hear about the regeneration ambitions of all parties was very impressive. 

“The link road will make a real difference to our customers from early 2016 and will undoubtedly draw more passengers to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”

As well as assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, the Doncaster Council led regeneration project has backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The main contractor for the works is Carillion.

Further information on FARRRS is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/FARRRS.