WFW advises Doncaster Sheffield Airport on the long term Flybe deal

2 November 2015

Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) has advised Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, part of the Peel Group, on a long term transformational deal with Flybe for two 118 seat Embraer 195 jet aircraft to be based at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield. Flybe is expected to launch new services from the airport in late March 2016, which will see the introduction of routes serving both business and leisure destinations to mainland Europe.

The Peel Group is a privately-owned investment group which specialises in various sectors including land and property, transport and logistics and retail and leisure. Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield is part of the Peel Group, and is currently the UK’s fastest growing airport outside London. The new aircraft are expected to increase passenger numbers by 33%, contributing to an overall 50% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers at the airport, as well as an estimated 70% increase in departures. According to Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s Managing Director, Steve Gill, the deal is “transformational” and will “massively enhance connectivity” for the region.

Flybe is currently the largest regional airline based in Europe, covering routes serving nine countries from 62 departure points. The airline’s largest base is located at Birmingham Airport, along with other bases that span the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The WFW team was led by Regulatory, Public Law and Competition partner Jeremy Robinson and WFW London Head of Corporate Jan Mellmann, supported by Corporate senior associate Richard O’Brien.

WFW lead partner, Jeremy Robinson commented: “We are delighted to have advised Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield on a deal that will bring economic growth to the region, allowing connectivity to major European centres for trade and investment opportunities. WFW is proud to be a part of such a project which is sure to enhance the growth of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, already one of the fastest growing airports in the UK.”