From: BH Jackson
Many years ago I pointed out to David Blunkett that a city the size of Sheffield needed an airport with a runway having a minimum length sufficient to take Boeing 707s.
He informed me that I was ‘talking rubbish’ and that a survey had shown that smaller prop driven aircraft were sufficient for Sheffield’s needs.
Now our one time airport is a trading estate and the legacy Labour left to the population of Sheffield was the added expense of having to travel to either Manchester (can be difficult in winter), Leeds/Bradford, Hull, East Midlands, Robin Hood (limited number of destinations) and almost any other airport in the country you care to mention.
All of this of course is an added cost to Sheffielders either by way of taxi fares, petrol for their own cars and airport parking charges and rail and/or bus travel.