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New routes have been announced at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, the regional airport for the Sheffield city region, as the first flights take off as part of the transformational deal with Flybe.

Eight new routes have launched with 44 departures per week and almost half a million seats on the new routes in their first year of operation. The new routes are Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Jersey, Newquay, Malaga, Alicante and Faro.

As the first Flybe Embraer 195 jet aircraft set off from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to Paris emblazoned with eye-catching Welcome to Yorkshire livery, a business route to Dusseldorf was also confirmed.

Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: "Flybe has strengthened its commitment with a further new route and expansion of its Berlin services. New flights to Dusseldorf are set to commence for the winter season. Services to Berlin will also increase from four weekly to daily, due to unprecedented demand from the Sheffield City regions business community.

"Providing the Sheffield City Region with the business services it needs has long been an ambition and now that these services are here we must see the region voting with their feet and using them. Passenger demand to date has exceeded expectations. This is a phenomenal start but there is still much work to do."

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Sir Nigel Knowles, chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), added: "It is fantastic to see these new routes starting from our airport, increased international connectivity is key to driving economic growth for the Sheffield City Region. In particular having routes to some of the biggest airport hubs in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris will give businesses in our region better access to markets, boosting international trade from and into the City Region. I hope companies will embrace these new routes and spread the word about our City Region on their travels."

Chambery in the Rhone-Alps region of south eastern France is the latest Flybe winter programme destination, offering a gateway to a number of Alpine ski resorts, given its proximity to Mont Blanc.

Flybe's new year-round Dusseldorf service starts on October 30 and will operate four times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. with Amsterdam, Paris, Alicante and Malaga remaining unchanged for the winter with Berlin increasing to daily. Faro and Newquay will be replaced with the two new popular winter routes with capacity to Jersey reducing to three times weekly during winter.

Vincent Hodder, chief revenue officer at Flybe, said: "As Europe's largest regional airline, we specialise in connecting the UK regions to Europe so we are pleased to add to our already extensive winter schedule from Doncaster Sheffield, these two additional routes to Dusseldorf and Chambery. We see them as a natural addition to our network from our new base and are confident that they will prove attractive options both for business travel and for winter getaways."

Doncaster Sheffield Airport website

Images: Doncaster Sheffield Airport

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