Manufacturing and logistics hub to be built near Doncaster Sheffield airport
THE UK's Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) in Yorkshire is to build a 3
THE UK's Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) in Yorkshire is to build a 3.5 million-square-foot advanced manufacturing and logistics development facility, after receiving preliminary approval from the city council.
The investment is aimed at making DSA a viable alternative to London's congested Heathrow airport, 170 miles south, reported American Shipper.
The proposed facility will be located within a region that houses manufacturing facilities for Boeing Co, Rolls Royce and supercar maker McLaren. Plans also call for a rail freight terminal adjacent to the site.
The project is being developed by Peel L&P, the commercial real estate arm of infrastructure investment conglomerate Peel Group, which owns and operates DSA, along with several UK seaports and logistics properties.
DSA handled a record 18,000 tonnes of cargo in fiscal year 2019, representing a year-on-year volume increase of 42 per cent. It has a single runway that is longer and wider than those at other airports in northern England and has no slot constraints, meaning it can accommodate widebody, long-haul cargo aircraft.
DSA officials say the airport, along with planned new highways, will facilitate regional manufacturing activity and help transform the area into a major logistics hub.
The airport's master plan aims to double throughput to 40,000 tonnes per annum by 2022-23 by expanding cargo-related activities with existing operators and expanding the portfolio of carriers serving the airport.
Qatar Cargo and Saudia Cargo completed initial operations at DSA in early November. The only scheduled passenger services are provided by Germany-based tourism specialist Tui and Budapest-based low-cost airline Wizz Air.