|Quoting SelseyBill (Reply 14):|
I have however long held the view that the Greater Yorkshire area would benefit from one central airport. Sheffield City Airport was unfortunately a failure, and calling DSA Robin Hood Airport out at Finningley 'Sheffields' Airport is a bit or a reach. We also have HUY out near Barnetby on Humberside. It would have been great 10-15 years ago given the industrial decline in 'Greater Yorkshire' if planners had collectively said to LBA, SZD, DSA and HUY; look were going to build a new central Yorkshire airport so don't consider any major development at your sites; but I wouldn't have expected John Prescott to have that much sense or vision.
I agree, being in Sheffield is a bit of a rut as far as airports are concerned, I'm in the middle of four more or less equidistant airports, two of which are in Yorkshire, one in the Midlands (two if you go a little further and count BHX
) and one over t'other side of Pennines. Either way, it takes at least an hour to get to any of them (I don't drive so that's what I base my timings on).
I'm in the school of thought that SZD was just not given a chance, airports takes years and years to prove themselves, what did SZD get, a decade? Peel Airports also own DSA
and had a shiny new terminal there that they wanted to make something out of, so why bother with SZD. Let's face it, DSA
has hardly been a roaring success. They've got a false wall up creating a void space on one side because they can't fill it. It's no surprise really when the people of Sheffield can get to Manchester easier than their 'own' airport.
All that aside, all these airports have one thing in common; poor surface access. The most successful airports in the UK are connected by rail and have one or no changes required, and the service is frequent. I've done Sheffield to DSA
and it involved changing at Doncaster railway station and getting on a regular commuter bus with all the stops en route.
Unfortunately, the UK overall has a terrible view of airports, they'll happily use them to go on their holidays and to far flung exotic destinations, they want them to be easy and convenient to get to, but they don't want it anywhere near them. As a result, nothing will ever change.