Battle to reopen once-loved UK airport that flew across Europe & locals call 'jewel in our crown' | The Sun

A ONCE-popular airport could be able to reopen thanks to a new £3million plan.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport was forced to close last year after the Peel Group, who owns it, said it was no longer "commercially viable".

However, Doncaster Council is hoping to buy the airport back from the Peel Airports Group and reopen it.

The purchase of 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 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.

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"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 to take place this month discussing the future of the airport.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport first opened in 2005 and was the 29th biggest airport in the UK.

It was voted the best UK airport, according to Which? and had flights to popular hotpots in Europe such as Tenerife and Lanzarote.

However, the airport was hit hard when airline Wizz Air pulled out, leaving just TUI flights in operation and eventually leading to its closure in 2022.

It's not just Doncaster Sheffield Airport that could soon reopen.

Manston Airport in Kent is being rebuilt and will launch flights to the UK this summer.

And Plymouth Airport hopes to reopen after being closed for more than a decade.

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