DALLAS — For such a small country, it may be a surprise to know that there are over 40 airports dotted across the UK. Some are small private airfields, handling an array of private flights. Others are massive international facilities serving millions of passengers each year.
One such airport was Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) which, pre-pandemic, handled over a million passengers per year. Sadly, on September 26, 2022, the Peel Group announced that the facility would soon close its doors.
DSA has suffered a significant drop in passenger numbers, throwing its future into question. Photo: Doncaster Sheffield Airport.Formerly named and commonly referred to as Robin Hood Airport, DSA was an international airport in Finningley near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England, in operation.
After 17 years of commercial flights, DSA joined numerous other UK regional airports that once handled commercial flights. Some are no longer airports at all. Some still handle general aviation flights, but all have played an essential role in the country’s aviation scene.
Here we take a look at some of those long-lost airports.
Sheffield City Airport (SZD)
Before the opening of DSA, the Yorkshire city of Sheffield had another airport. SZD came about after officials discovered that the municipality was the largest in Europe without its own civilian aerodrome.
The newly formed Sheffield Development Corporation created plans for a small £15 million (US$23 million) facility located seven miles from the city center. Basing itself on the short take-off and landing (STOL) capabilities of London City (LCY), it would have a small terminal and…