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Sheffield City Airport (IATA: SZD, ICAO: EGSY) was a small airport in Sheffield; it is now closed. It was in the Tinsley Park area of the city, near the M1 motorway and Sheffield Parkway, and opened in 1997. The airport's CAA licence was withdrawn on 21 April 2008 and it was officially closed on 30 April 2008,[1] and the site is now part of the Advanced Manufacturing Park with various manufacturing businesses.

Sheffield City Airport
Sheffield City Airport & Heliport.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerPeel Airports and Heliports
OperatorSheffield City Heliport Services
ServesSheffield
LocationSheffield Parkway
Elevation AMSL231 ft / 70 m
Coordinates53°23′39″N 001°23′19″W / 53.39417°N 1.38861°W / 53.39417; -1.38861Coordinates: 53°23′39″N 001°23′19″W / 53.39417°N 1.38861°W / 53.39417; -1.38861
Map
EGSY is located in Sheffield
EGSY
EGSY
Location in Sheffield
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 1,211 3,972 Asphalt
The former control tower, now within Sheffield Business Park

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HistoryEdit

PlanningEdit

Although an early proposal was made in 1968 to build an airport in South Yorkshire on land near Todwick in Rotherham, the scheme came to nothing. Almost thirty years later, a consultant report suggested that Sheffield would benefit from a short-runway STOLPORT model similar to London City Airport.

OperationsEdit

The airport opened in 1997. Airlines KLM uk, Sabena, British Airways and Aer Arann offered regular passenger services between Belfast, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Jersey and London. The Amsterdam service was described by KLM uk as the best start-up they had ever experienced.[2]

Passenger figures were:

  • 46,000 in 1998
  • 75,000 in 1999
  • 60,000 in 2000
  • 33,000 in 2001
  • 13,000 in 2002

DemiseEdit

Sheffield City opened just as the revolution in low-cost airline began in the UK. A change that rapidly made the high-fare short-hop business flights model obsolete. Likewise the length of the runway limited the range of aircraft types that could use Sheffield. Most of the early low-cost airlines had planes that were unable to land at Sheffield. Nevertheless Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which did have a larger runway, struggled to attract such airlines.[3][4]

The last scheduled airline pulled out of Sheffield City in 2002.

Peel Airports, who were shortly to be opening Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield airport, purchased the site in 2002. By then, the airport terminal interior had already been converted to office accommodation. Fire and rescue cover and air traffic control were both reduced along with the withdrawal of published procedures for instrument approaches.

Closure and redevelopmentEdit

Controversy surrounds whether Peel Airports had any incentive to promote the airport. The original lease between the Sheffield Development Corporation and Tinsley Park Ltd included a reversionary clause permitting the buyback of 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land for £1, if it could be shown that - after 10 years of opening - the airport was not financially viable. Peel's proposal to turn the airport into Sheffield Business Park was advertising land at up to £220 per square foot. The estimated profit on the site was more than £1,000,000.[5][6]

On 22 November 2012, the South and East Yorkshire Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses launched a campaign and petition against the redevelopment of the airport site. They wanted the airport's potential to be reassessed.[7] Three weeks later, a mystery bidder made a bid to Sheffield City Council to reopen the airport.[8] However, nothing came of this and construction work began in 2014.[9]

The ICAO identifier EGSY was reassigned to MOD St Athan from 1st April 2019.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 4 February 2001, Short 360-100 registration EI-BPD, carrying 25 passengers and 3 crew,[10] was damaged beyond repair following a hard landing at Sheffield City Airport after a scheduled Aer Arann Express passenger flight from Dublin.[11] There were no injuries.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sheffield City Airport to close Archived 19 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "KLM UK". www.caa.co.uk. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Why airport failed to get off the ground". The Star. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  6. ^ Sheffield Business Park
  7. ^ "Hundreds back airport petition". Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Mystery bidder wants to reopen Sheffield airport". Sheffield Star. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Diggers move in at old Sheffield Airport". The Star. Sheffield. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  10. ^ https://reports.aviation-safety.net/2001/20010204-0_SH36_EI-BPD.pdf
  11. ^ https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20010204-0

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