Britain’s Lost Airports
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Britain’s Lost Airports

DALLAS – For such a small country, it may be a surprise to know that there are over 40 airports dotted across the UK. Some are small private airfields, handling an array of private flying. Others are massive international facilities serving millions of passengers each year.

One such airport was Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) which, pre-pandemic, handled over a million passengers per year. Sadly, on September 26, 2022, the Peel Group announced that the facility would close its doors later this year after 17 years of commercial flights. 

DSA has suffered a significant drop in passenger numbers, throwing its future into question. Photo: Doncaster Sheffield Airport

DSA will soon join numerous other UK regional airports that once handled commercial flights. Some are no longer airports at all. Some still handle general aviation flights, but all have played an essential role in the country’s aviation scene. 

Here we take a look at some of those long-lost airports.

SZD had a small passenger terminal and a 1,211-metre runway. Photo: Sevennay at en.wikipedia, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Sheffield City Airport (SZD) 


Before the opening of DSA, the Yorkshire city of Sheffield had another airport. SZD came about after officials discovered that the municipality was the largest in Europe without its own civilian aerodrome.


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Featured Image: DSA from above. The airport looks set to join the list of the UK’s lost airports. Photo: Doncaster Sheffield Airport

European Deputy Editor
Writer, aviation fanatic, and Airways European Deputy Editor, Lee is a plant geek and part-time Flight Attendant for a UK-based airline. Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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