Sheffield Downgraded: After Just Ten Years of Operation, Sheffield's City Airport Will Close to Fixed-Wing Traffic Next Year

This article describes the downgrading of the United Kingdom’s Sheffield City Airport (SCA) from a fixed-wing commercial airport. The airport, built in 1997, was only the second to be built in the UK in the last 50 years, although many thought it would be successful as Sheffield was the largest city in Europe without its own airport and it was thought it could serve over four million customers. However, designers did not anticipate that the runway design for the airport was too short for the increasingly dominant aircraft types used by the soon to be popular low-cost carriers (LCC). This trend, coupled with the economic downturn in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in the United States, led to the development of a joint venture between the initial developers and a new set of investors, which formed the Sheffield City Airport Ltd. (SCAL) as the airport’s license holder. Although the airport continued to court airlines to fly to Sheffield, the short runway was too prohibitive for most airlines. The article attributes the loss of SCA to economics rather than an egregious mistake on the part of developers.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 38-39
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  • Accession Number: 01050349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2007 1:07PM