Leeds Bradford adds seven new routes for 2014

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced seven new routes for 2014, offering an increased destination and airline choice for passengers, according to an online report by BDaily.

While Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is set to launch its first route between LBA and Copenhagen, Jet2.com and Eastern Airways will both add new destinations to expand their existing schedules.

SAS will launch its LBA operations on March 31, with a twice weekly service to Copenhagen, offering a direct link to Denmark’s capital and onward connectivity across Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Meanwhile, Jet2.com will introduce five new destinations in summer 2014. From April 3, Yorkshire travellers can fly directly to Hungarian capital, Budapest, with a twice-weekly service. Starting April 4, passengers can fly to Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, while Jet2.com’s operations to Kos in Greece will commence on May 6.

On May 14, Jet2.com will launch a new destination, Verona in Italy. The airline will also introduce services to Reus on June 17.

Effective from January 20, Eastern Airways will introduce services between Leeds Bradford and Southampton, expanding on its current operations to Aberdeen. The airline will operate to Southampton three-times daily, Monday to Friday, as well as a Sunday afternoon service that is intended to offer flexibility and convenience for both business and leisure travellers.

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development & marketing director, said: ‘I am delighted to introduce new airline SAS this year alongside the growth of our existing airlines Jet2.com and Eastern Airways.

‘We are anticipating another exciting year for Leeds Bradford Airport, building on our established route network to offer more choice for our business and leisure passengers than ever before.’

According to a separate report by the Telegraph and Argus, Leeds-Bradford International Airport and airline Jet 2 have received top national travel industry awards.

The Yeadon airport has been named the best in the UK at the annual Globe Travel Awards, while leisure airline, Jet2.com, which has its headquarters at the airport, has retained its best short-haul airline title for a third time. Voted for by travel agents, the awards recognise excellence across the travel industry.

Leeds Bradford Airport expects Tour de France to boost passenger traffic

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is expecting the Tour de France, the world’s leading cycle race event, to increase its passenger numbers in 2014, 104.7 Minster FM has reported.

The final route for the race, which begins on July 5, has been announced, confirming that more than half of the first two stages will pass through North Yorkshire. The Tour will begin in Leeds and involves 200 of the world’s best cyclists. It is expected that more than 680,000 spectators will line the route of the first stage alone.

Yorkshire’s airport saw a record 3.3 million passengers pass through in 2013, an increase of 11 percent on the previous year. The airport has expanded its services over the past year to serve over 70 domestic and international destinations, while also introducing major new airlines including British Airways, Monarch and Thomson Airways.

The airport said that 2014 will build upon a successful year, following the recent announcement of a new service to Copenhagen from March.

Tony Hallwood aviation development and marketing director, said: ‘2013 has been a truly remarkable year for Leeds Bradford Airport as we expanded our services, offering more domestic and international destinations than ever before.

‘Our achievements were also recognised by the Airport Operators Association, who in November awarded Leeds Bradford the title of Best Airport under 6 million passengers.

‘As Yorkshire’s international gateway we have a clear ambition to deliver a wider range of airlines and routes for our local business and leisure passengers alongside encouraging an increase in the number of inbound visitors who can fly directly into Leeds Bradford.

‘LBA look forward to welcoming new Yorkshire travellers to the airport in 2014.’

Leeds-Bradford named best airport by UK airlines

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has been awarded best airport with up to six million passengers at the annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) awards ceremony in London last week, the Telegraph and Argus has reported.

The AOA awards recognise excellence within the travel industry, and votes are cast by UK airlines through the British Air Transport Association (BATA), the UK airlines trade association.

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development & marketing director, said, ‘I am delighted that Leeds Bradford Airport has been recognised as best in the UK in its category. This is a fantastic achievement for the airport team, which demonstrates the success of Leeds Bradford following the completion of the £11 million terminal development last year and the subsequent growth in passenger numbers.

‘We remain dedicated to further improve and expand services available from Leeds Bradford following the introduction of British Airways and Monarch Airlines alongside the growth of Jet2.com. We look forward to introducing new airline partners and routes in 2014.

‘We are particularly pleased to have been awarded this accolade through votes cast by airlines; this affirms Leeds Bradford as Yorkshire’s airport of choice for airlines and their passengers.’

AOA chairman, Ed Anderson, said: ‘I congratulate Leeds Bradford Airport on being chosen by airline members of the British Air Transport Association as the winner of this coveted award.’

Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) was originally Yeadon Aerodrome, which began operating in October 1931 with club flying and training flights being its predominant activities. Today, the Aviation Academy is located in a hangar at LBA. The Academy, in conjunction with the University of Leeds and University of Bradford, trains and prepares students to work in the Aviation Industry.

Jet2 to launches Budapest/East Midlands route

Jet2.com, a British low-cost airline based out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is to commence flights to Budapest, Hungary, from East Midlands Airport in the UK.

East Midlands will be the third UK airport from which Jet2 provides flights to Budapest, after Edinburgh and Manchester, and the flights will operate twice weekly with fares starting from £55 one way.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet 2, said, ‘We’re thrilled to be the only airline to give travellers from East Midlands and central England direct flights to this popular central European city, right from their doorstep. We’ve made this route available following huge customer demand so we are very confident it will be a great success.’

Kam Jandu, Budapest airport aviation director, added, ‘We are delighted that Jet2.com has decided to operate a new route to and from East Midlands, an expanding UK regional airport. Not only will this have a positive impact on the local economy, but it will give the people of Budapest a much needed link to central England.’

In addition to Leeds Bradford, Jet2 has operating bases in Belfast, Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. The company has approximately 42 aircraft in its fleet, flies to over 54 destinations, and carried 4.2 million passengers during 2011. Since its inception under the name Channel Express (Air Services) in 1978, the company had grown to employ about 1,500 employees as of January 2011, and adopted the Jet2 brand name in 2003.

Further details of the new Budapest route and all other Jet2 information can be found at www.jet2.com.

Jet2com Announces Expanded Schedule to Rome and Barcelona from Glasgow

Jet2.com, a UK-based low-cost airline operating out of Leeds Bradford Airport, is expanding its services to Barcelona, Spain; and Rome, Italy.

The services from Glasgow Airport to Barcelona and Rome have been extended for all year round from the summer of 2013. Fares commence from £38 one way for a twice weekly service to Rome; while airfares commence from £37 one way for services to Barcelona.

Steve Heapy, the chief commercial officer of Jet2.com, said, ‘Rome and Barcelona are two of our most popular destinations and so we want to ensure customers can visit at any time of year. With our generous 22kg baggage allowance people can take their winter woollies or summer gear and really make the most of their trips.’

Amanda McMillan, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said, ‘This yet more positive news from Jet2.com which is clearly committed to continually improving its service for customers.

The extension of its popular Barcelona and Rome routes will provide passengers with greater flexibility and choice and it follows the airline’s recent decision to introduce flights to Murcia, Pula and Menorca.’

The airline – in August 2013 – will be adding a fourth aircraft based out of its hub at Glasgow Airport, extending its services from the area. The airline’s additional capacity from the airport will add around 50 new jobs, and increase the frequency of service to destinations such as the Canaries, Majorca, Ibiza and Turkey.

The airline had earlier announced new services, with flights to Murcia departing from Glasgow Airport twice a week, from May 24, 2013, with fares commencing from £41 per person; weekly flights to Pula will commence on June 18, 2013, with fares from £49 per person; and weekly flights to Menorca commence on May 25, 2013, for fares starting from £41 per person.

Monarch Airlines Announces New Base at Leeds Bradford Airport

Monarch Airlines, a UK-based airline company, has announced that it is opening a new airbase at Leeds Bradford Airport, in the UK, and will be commencing its operations out of the airport from the summer of 2013.

The airline will be offering 12 new routes, flying twice weekly, from Leeds Bradford, and including the destinations of Antalya (Turkey), Barcelona (Spain), Bodrum (Turkey), Dalaman (Turkey), Faro (Portugal), Heraklion (Greece), Lanzarote (Spain), Larnaca (Cyprus), Majorca (Spain), Munich (Germany), Rome (Italy), and Tenerife (Spain).

The airline will be providing its services from Leeds Bradford airport with two A320 aircraft, and flights will commence in March 2013. The new operation will be creating around 200 jobs for the local economy in the North of England.

The managing director of monarch airlines, Kevin George, said, ‘The strategy for Monarch Airlines is now firmly focused on its scheduled services and we are delighted to add Leeds Bradford as our sixth UK base. The addition of thirteen routes further strengthens our already extensive network of leisure destinations across Europe from many of the major gateways in the UK.

Monarch’s operations continue to grow from strength to strength and we have expanded our operations based on demand; offering passengers choice, value and great customer service. The launch of Leeds Bradford as a base for the airline has the potential to create around 200 jobs within the local area and will provide a gateway for inbound tourism with an estimated 20,000 EU passengers travelling from Europe to West Yorkshire.’