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Study shows demand for regional airports

Study shows demand for regional airports
29 Jan 2014

Passengers prefer travelling from regional rather than hub airports, a study has revealed. 

Researchers at the University of Sheffield found that people prefer to travel from regional facilities where possible because it cuts down the amount of time they spend transiting through the airport. 

The study focused on northern England, which is dominated by Manchester Airport, with smaller airports including Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster and Leeds-Bradford Airport. 

'Manchester is the biggest international and continental airport in the region, but, surprisingly, we were able to show that, if possible, people would prefer flying from smaller regional airports,' the university's Dr Andrea Genovese told the Star. 

Dr Genovese added that one of the problems facing regional airports is poor accessibility. Robin Hood, for instance, has no direct connection from Sheffield and isn't even signposted from the city, despite the airport having both Doncaster and Sheffield in its official title. 

It is hoped the creation of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme will go some way to addressing the issue. ADNFCR-408-ID-801687599-ADNFCR

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