Published on : Saturday, December 26, 2020
In a year of lockdown, travel corridors and test and release, passengers can look forward to some festive good news as Wizz Air, Europe’s greenest airline, announces even more ultra-low-fare flights to new destinations of; Dalaman in Turkey with its beautiful coastline, the Bulgarian city of Bourgas located on the Black Sea Riviera, popular Spanish resort of Palma in Majorca and the beautiful island of Crete – all taking off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in 2021.
Despite what has been a tumultuous year for the aviation industry, Doncaster Sheffield Airport continues to buck the trend with this further expansion of routes which follows announcements in August and September of a new Wizz Air base alongside a number of new popular holiday destinations from the airline.
A dramatic rise in cargo and freight throughput this year, partly down to supporting efforts to keep supermarket shelves stocked throughout the pandemic as well as handling crucial PPE, alongside the introduction of Test and Release and more countries joining the Government’s safer travel corridor, means that DSA is confident in a positive recovery in 2021.
Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: “We thought the best way that we could thank the Doncaster Sheffield Airport passengers for their warm Yorkshire welcome this year would be to offer even more routes to give customers plenty of choice. The new destinations come just weeks from our second Airbus A320 and six new routes giving customers more ultra-low fares to their favourite holiday destinations. They can also take advantage of our discounted Test and Release ‘Fit to Fly’ package and get them back in the air again.”
The four new summer-only routes from Doncaster Sheffield will take off from April 2021 with twice-weekly flights to Dalaman and Mallorca, and in May will launch twice-weekly flights to Bourgas and Crete. With the addition of these new destinations Wizz Air will operate a total of 25 routes from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, where the airline officially opened a base in October 2020.
Chris Harcombe, recently appointed Managing Director at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This is great news to end what has been an extremely challenging year for the aviation industry with the loss of 80% of passenger traffic.
“The partnership with Wizz Air goes from strength to strength and we look forward to adding more exciting destinations that passengers tell us they are keen to see added to our portfolio. We’ve seen a significant spike in bookings following recent Test and Release announcements and it is clear that there is pent up demand from passengers keen to get away for a much-needed break.”
Passengers are advised to check with the FCO and follow the advice about the restrictions for individual destinations, and their airline, before setting off but there is certainly hope that holidaymakers can look forward to more travel certainty in future.