A NEW £80m Yorkshire airport will be named after one of Britain's best-loved legendary heroes.

The name Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield has been given to the development on the former Finningley RAF base.

To open in spring next year, the airport will cater for 2.3m passengers and 50,000 tonnes of freight each year.

The 900-acre airport and business zone site is owned by Peel Airports Limited, the company that broke new ground in 2002 by renaming Liverpool airport Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Robin Hood, who early legend placed in Barnsdale Forest between Barnsley and Doncaster, shot ahead of other famous people with local links when Peel Airports asked for the opinion of prospective airport customers.

Naturalist Charles Darwin, Second World War fighter pilot Douglas Bader, pioneering aviator Amy Johnson and opera singer Lesley Garrett were among the leading contenders.

Peel Airports chairman Robert Hough said:

"The Robin Hood brand will enable us to inform people about what the area has to offer, as well as providing a personality for the airport."