EasyJet to pull out of Doncaster’s Robin Hood airport

EasyJet will pull out of Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport on January 4, the latest in a series of withdrawals from regional airports by low-cost carriers.

The airline only began operating from Doncaster four months ago, flying to Amsterdam, Prague, Barcelona, Palma and Faro. A spokesman for airport owner Peel Airports said the company as “very disappointed”.

It is understood easyJet decided to withdraw after failing to attract business travellers on the Amsterdam route.

Ryanair, Flybe, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Aer Lingus and Wizz Air also fly from Doncaster – formerly an RAF airfield. However, the UK’s regional airports have had a tough two years.

Major airports operator BAA reported last week the loss of almost one in ten passengers at Glasgow and Aberdeen in the past 12 months, and earlier this month Ryanair announced its withdrawal from Belfast City. By contrast, Heathrow had its busiest-ever August.

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