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Old January 12th, 2006, 10:04 PM   #121
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There is a document on the Rushbond website which gives a good overview of the masterplan for the site, also a couple of renders for some of the units.

It does mention "supporting retail facilities", but makes no mention of specific retail units in the document.

Airport West

The development should hopefully, from a visual perspective make the airport site look more dense, particularily from the A658 approaches.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 12:05 AM   #122
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Thanks.
Should be good when it's all done.
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Old January 13th, 2006, 01:00 AM   #123
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Welcome, Even Flow. Luftnachrichten, I have tried to download the Rushbonds PDF without success. Do you have a particular plan that you could perhaps post?
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Old January 13th, 2006, 01:30 AM   #124
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Thanks SMARTCITY.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 05:46 PM   #125
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German route next on the LBA hit list!

I thought I would post this, as I don't think there are many T&A readers on this forum.

taken from www.thisisbradford.co.uk

Door to Germany set to be opened by Will Kilner

Plans are in the pipeline to encourage more tourists to Bradford from Germany. A new flight to a major German airport is set to boost business and tourism across the Bradford district. Bosses at Leeds-Bradford Airport are holding 'advanced talks' with a well-known airline and details of the flight are set to be announced next month. The flight will allow Yorkshire businessman to fly direct to one of Germany's main economic centres. At the same time, the flight could cash in on the northern European tourism market by enticing German tourists to the region. Ed Anderson, managing director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said:"It will be possible to sell tickets for the new flights at both ends because the Yorkshire Tourist Board is actively encouraging inbound tourism from Germany."We know a lot of people fly to Germany who originate in Yorkshire but can't fly from their local airport." Mr Anderson said he had been working closely with major airlines to encourage them to introduce more business routes from Leeds Bradford. We are actively trying to get a service to a major German airport and we are very close to achieving that, so watch this space. " We would like to see more business routes and Germany is the obvious gap. We're at an advanced stage." It is understood the Yorkshire Tourist Board is preparing to market the district to Germany and northern Europe. A spokesman said: "Northern Europe has always been a strong target area for the Yorkshire Tourist Board and we would welcome more flights from Germany." Tricia Tilltson, the Bradford district's tourisum information manager, said: "It's very exciting. Leeds Bradford Airport has been doing a fantastic job bringing people to the area. "This will help bring extra visitors to the district which is fantastic news."Our members have flown out to Germany before and we have had German visitors who have flown here, but they have always had to use Manchester Airport."If they start a flight from Leeds Bradford Airport, that would definately be beneficial to us." The German flight would be among seven new routes from Leeds Bradford Airport set to be introduced this year.

Continued in the 'opinion' column

There is already a long tradition of bringing German visitors to the city thanks to the efforts of members of twinning associations in Bradford and Shipley, who have reciprocal arrangements with their counterparts in Munchenglad-bach and Hamm to stay in each other's homes on exchange visits. Currently, though, the deterrent to general tourism from Germany is that visitors have to fly to Manchester. Direct flights to Leeds-Bradford Airport would enable West Yorkshire to promote itself heavily in that country as a tourist destination. It would also help this region to strengthen business links with Germany, and it would give more German people a chance to see the major contribution their forebears made to a city like Bradford.

ENDS.

So it is looking very hopeful that a German flight can be established this year.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 06:55 PM   #126
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I like the Bradford slant of the article, no mention of Leeds, what a set of clowns the T&A reporters are. There is no doubt that Leeds (succesful city) and Bradford (hilly district) are totally seperate places which are culturally miles and miles apart, and never the twain shall meet, that must be a feeling felt mutually on both sides.

Of course a German route will certainly be very beneficial to Leeds (and may be of some benefit to the Bradford district too).
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Old January 15th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #127
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Plans are in the pipeline to encourage more tourists to Bradford from Germany.
Tourists to Bradford?
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Old January 15th, 2006, 08:34 PM   #128
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Well there are quiet a few tourist sites in Bradford and the district, just people not attracted to the city for the city, but for the attractions (Saltaire, NMFPT, Alhambra etc). It will inevitably benefit Leeds more though.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 08:38 PM   #129
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I like the Bradford slant of the article, no mention of Leeds, what a set of clowns the T&A reporters are. There is no doubt that Leeds (succesful city) and Bradford (hilly district) are totally seperate places which are culturally miles and miles apart, and never the twain shall meet, that must be a feeling felt mutually on both sides.

Of course a German route will certainly be very beneficial to Leeds (and may be of some benefit to the Bradford district too).

Or course it would be interesting to here a YEP version. Agree though Rob, "what a bunch of clowns" T&A
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Old January 21st, 2006, 08:54 PM   #130
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The T&A talks to the MD

Don't normally pay much attention to the Bradford rag but this one from last week was very positive.

Taken from www.thisisbradford.co.uk

From his office overlooking the runway at Leeds-Bradford Airport, Ed Anderson reveals how the airport plans to spread its wings.

Consultation on the far-reaching masterplan is now at an end and Mr Anderson, the managing director, has been spurred on by public support for proposals to triple passenger numbers, create thousands of extra jobs and pump millions of pounds into the area's economy. He bubbles with excitement as he talks about the prospect of introducing flights to New York, Pakistan and a major German airport as part of ambitious proposals to more than double passenger numbers by 2016.

Expansion of the terminal and a new parallel taxi-way to feed aircraft onto the runway are also in the pipeline so the airport can meet the need for greater passenger and aircraft capacity.

Mr Anderson said: "Feedback on the masterplan has been overwhelmingly positive, with 80 or 90 per cent wanting to see the airport expand. Rather than objecting, people are asking for timetables and telling us to put on flights to X, Y and Z."

Six new destinations were added to the airport's list in 2005 as passenger numbers increased 10 per cent from 2004 to more than 2.6 million.

But Mr Anderson is clearly eager to entice even more passengers to the airport by adding to the choice of destinations. Another seven routes will be available this year, including flights to Minorca, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bergerac and Newquay.

As the managing director glances out of his window at an aircraft waiting to depart, he reveals that he is confident of being able to watch planes departing for Germany in the near future.

Mr Anderson believes it will be possible to sell tickets for the new flight at both ends.

And in the longer term, flights to Pakistan and New York are high priorities.

"Our ambitions for the future are to get another service to Pakistan. The demographics of West Yorkshire mean such a service is necessary.

"During last year we briefly had a flight to Lahore which was exceptionally popular until the airline (Swefly) started struggling.

"The other exciting one will be a service to New York. I don't think it's impossible but at the same time, it's not just about to be announced. There are many Yorkshire people who fly to the states but have to go across to Manchester. I'm confident we can bring about the Pakistan and New York flights within the next two or three years."

Mr Anderson is aware that improvements in the airport's passenger and aircraft capacity may be necessary.

"The terminal has to have the right capacity, we need the right car parking space and there must be enough stands for aircraft to park. We only have one runway, but so does every other airport apart from Heathrow and Manchester.

"There will be investment in a parallel taxi way to run parallel to the runway. That is where we can hold aircraft waiting to take off and feed them onto the runway as it becomes vacant. This is a very significant medium-term project which will increase capacity.

"Eventually, we will also have to resurface the runway because it's 40 years old. That will be a very big project.

"We are going to keep developing the terminal and within a couple of years we will see some investment in the departure lounge which is going to be the next pinch point."

The masterplan also includes ideas on how to improve transport links to the airport in the form of a heavy rail link and improved bus and road access.

Onlookers have been sceptical about whether funding can be secured, but Mr Anderson remains confident.

"As we move forward over the next ten years, service access will be top of our agenda and we have two key proposals in the masterplan. We want a new rail link from just near Horsforth through the airport and on to Guiseley. I think it's realistic."

The masterplan also proposes a new road link to the airport from the A65, starting near Rawdon Crematorium. The scheme is part of a study being carried out by Leeds Council into the Outer Ring Road.

In the last three years, passenger numbers at Leeds-Bradford have increased by a

massive 71 per cent and Mr Anderson

has no doubts as to what has brought about the boom.

"The key is the arrival of Jet2.com who started in February 2003. Last year, Jet2 had nearly 1.2 million passengers so they now form 40 per cent of our passenger throughput.

"They are massively significant in our progress, they have been very successful and they are instrumental in raising the profile of the airport and the area."

Mr Anderson said Jet2 sees itself as a leisure airline but he is keen to encourage more business routes.

Meanwhile, low-cost airline Flybe said its passenger throughput at Leeds-Bradford increased 71 per cent in December compared with the same period in 2004.

Both airlines say the demand from Yorkshire residents with second homes abroad was boosting passenger figures.

Mr Anderson said: "Jet2 and Flybe are well tuned in to the demand from people with second homes in Spain and France. We see the same faces coming through the terminal - people who basically live in Spain but haven't sold their homes here. The daily flight to Murcia (Spain) is very popular."

Mr Anderson said the Airport masterplan would tie in nicely with economic regeneration schemes (also known as masterplans) in Bradford and the Aire Valley.

"We see ourselves in a regional context and the prosperity of the airport is tied up with that of the area. If Airedale is prospering, that's good for us. The fact that Bradford is showing signs of picking up is also good news for the airport.

"When we get the results of the Airport masterplan consultation we will amend as necessary but we don't think there will be any major changes."

The airport started from humble beginnings as Yeadon Aerodrome in 1931 but, if all goes to plan, it could be welcoming seven million passengers a year by 2030.


So the Managing Director thinks flight to New York and Pakistan could start within the next 2 to 3 years.

masterplan arial view.....

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Old January 21st, 2006, 09:35 PM   #131
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Seven million by 2030? More like 2015 if you ask me, especially if and when a New York/Lahore service starts, and other similar distance flights. Anyway all good suppose!
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 12:59 PM   #132
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New York and other exotic destinations probably wouldn't raise passenger numbers a great deal, except by the good publicity of making LBA a first class airport, it is the budget airlines that get the large volumes of passengers through.

To get up to 7m, either Jet 2 will need to keep expanding, or other budget airlines will need to expand a great deal, particularly the likes of Ryanair which is the largest budget airline to use LBA at the moment. However, both may happen, and continue to push passenger numbers up continually to reach 7m by 2015.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 02:28 PM   #133
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The quoted passenger numbers have always been based on guestimations and in reality, the numbers could be millions out either way. The ideas set out in the masterplan could be reached much sooner than 2015 given the right level of investment.

Scheduled flights to: Madrid, Copenhagen, Munich, Frankfurt and Athens are likely within the next couple of years. Like Mr Anderson has said, it is only a matter of time before scheduled flights start to New York and Pakistan.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 03:28 PM   #134
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I heard that over 100,000 people fly to New York from Yorkshire every year, or I think it was every year anyway, and the large amount of multiculturalism in Yorkshire particularly West Yorkshire boosts the idea of succesful flights to Lahore and places like that, rather than as holiday flights. So these places should be added where success is almost guaranteed, however the majority of flights should expand within Europe and popular holiday destinations nearby like Egypt.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 10:34 PM   #135
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The airline BMI withdraws service to Jersey

The airline BMI has decided to withdraw its services from Leeds Bradford Airport to Jersey. The airline claims that insufficiant numbers of bookings have been made to maintain the service. The airline has said the the service will be reinstated during March.

Sad news but I would hope that an airline such as Jet2 or Flybe will take the route on. Either would probably serve the route much better than BMI seem to do.

Come on Jet2 you can do it!
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Old January 24th, 2006, 10:51 PM   #136
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Holiday airline withdraws services to Bodrum - Turkey and Varna - Bulgaria

Not a good week for Leeds Bradford International Airport as holiday company Thomsons withdraws its summer services to Varna and Bodrum. The company has increased flights to the popular islands of Ibiza and Majorca as replacement destinations for its based aircraft.

Holidays to Varna are still available flying from Leeds with www.balkanholidays.co.uk Thomascook are also operating flights to Turkey flying from Leeds. www.thomascook.co.uk
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Old January 30th, 2006, 06:45 PM   #138
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Since when did Leeds have an International Airport?
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Old January 30th, 2006, 07:01 PM   #139
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May not be called Leeds, but Leeds / Bardford have had an international airport since international flights started taking off from there on a regular basis quite some time ago.
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It's first international flight was 1955... so since then really. It was well on it's way by 1980, and recently has grown faster than ever, particularly with Jet2's arrival. 2.6m people passed through in 2005- 0.5m in 1986. This year it is expected to be around 3m.
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