Doncaster Sheffield Airport which sadly closed last year might reopen as the council has started working on a new £3million plan. The much-loved airport was shut down last year after the Peel Group, who owns it, said it was no longer “commercially viable”.
Now, according to reports, Doncaster Council is hoping to buy the airport back from the Peel Airports Group and reopen it.
Purchasing the airport, called Project South Yorkshire Airport City, could cost as much as £3.1million, with Peel recently offering to lease the airport to the city.
A statement from Doncaster Council said: “Peel has recently offered a lease of the airport to the City of Doncaster Council.
“Discussions are taking place to progress this option and to explore whether a lease at a longer term and on a different commercial basis than that initially offered by Peel could provide a basis upon which to achieve the Council’s objectives.
“The Council will continue discussions with Peel over the potential sale but is continuing preparations in the event that a CPO becomes necessary.”
Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones said the fight for the airport was “not over”.
She said: “The acquisition process will take time and it will not be cheap.
“However, this airport has the potential to be the jewel in the crown of the Doncaster and South Yorkshire economy.
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“It is an investment in the future of this great city and the region.”
A meeting is likely to be held this month to discuss the future prospects of the airport.
Opened in 2005, Doncaster Sheffield airport was the 29th largest airport in the UK.
According to Which?, it was voted the best UK airport and had flights to popular hotpots in Europe such as Tenerife and Lanzarote.
Meanwhile, it’s not just Doncaster Sheffield Airport that could reopen soon.
Manston Airport in Kent is being rebuilt and is set to launch flights this summer.
And Plymouth Airport hopes to reopen after being closed for more than a decade.