What happened to Sheffield City Airport?

Sheffield City Airport's short life lasted just 11 years beginning in 1997 and ending in 2008. What went wrong and could it ever reopen? Ben Lovegrove answers these questions and more

For a while, it seemed that the people and businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding areas of South Yorkshire would have a permanent aerial hub just seven miles from the city centre but for reasons that we'll explore below, this was not to be.

Unlike so many airfields that have since closed and been turned into a solar or business park, Sheffield City Airport was a purpose-built new airport constructed relatively recently. Plans were first set forth in the late 1960s, but it was to be another thirty years before they were put into action.

Taking London City Airport as a successful example, it was decided that the investment in a STOL airfield designed to serve the city's catchment area was justified and construction of a new airport and a 1,211-metre runway began in the 1990s.

A rare aerial photo of Sheffield City Airport thought to be taken in 2008; the year the facility closed.
A rare aerial photo of Sheffield City Airport thought to be taken in 2008; the year the facility closed. Public Domain

 

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