Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) is looking forward to getting passengers back in the air following the publication of the Depart for Transport (DfT) safe travel destinations released today and the relaxation of FCO restrictions on non-essential travel.

The Government announced today that 14-day quarantine rules on inbound passenger travel will be relaxed from 10th July, and non-essential travel restrictions from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will cease from Saturday 4th July.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “We welcome the news as it is critically important to the start of recovery for the aviation industry. Our first post-lockdown flight took off on Wednesday and the latest announcement means that more passengers can look forward to getting away for a long-awaited summer break.”

The comprehensive safe travel list issued by the Government includes the majority of destinations served by Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) and its two main operators Wizz Air and TUI. These include popular holiday destinations such as Lanzarote, Tenerife, Palma del Mallorca in Spain, Kos and Rhodes in Greece, Tunisia, Cyprus and Turkey, with TUI flights recommence from 1st August.

Mr Harcombe continued: “This is the news we have been waiting for so our passengers can get their summer holiday’s off to a great start. We have remained operational throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, with our runway remaining fully operational for our freight operations moving perishable goods and PPE.

“The safety and well-being of customers and colleagues is the number one priority at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, that continues to strictly follow all guidance from Public Health England and the relevant authorities. Passengers will see our enhanced safety measures within the terminal building include social distancing, the use of safety screens, hand sanitiser stations and an enhanced cleaning program. Passengers and staff will be asked to wear face coverings at the airport and to follow the up to date public information displays.”

Some destinations, such as Portugal, Romania and Latvia are still affected and long-haul expected to take off at the end of the year.