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New updated destination list

*Charter/holiday flights only

Aberdeen..................x3 Daily
Alicante....................x3 Daily
Amsterdam................x5 Daily
Barbados*.................(Selected dates only)
Barcelona..................x1 Daily
Belfast City................x3 Daily
Belfast International....x2 Daily
Bodrum*...................(NEW for summer 2006!)
Bourgas*
Bristol.......................x2 Daily
Brussels....................x3 Daily
Chambery.................(NEW seasonal scheduled service)
Corfu*
Cork.........................x1 Daily
Dalaman*
Dublin.......................x3 Daily
Edinburgh..................x4 Daily
Exeter.......................x1 Daily
Faro.........................x1 Daily
Fuerteventura*
Geneva.....................(seasonal)
Glasgow....................x3 Daily
Ibiza.........................x4 Weekly
Innsbruck*
Isle of Man.................x1 Daily
Jersey.......................x1 Daily (additional weekend services)
Lanzarote*
London Heathrow........x4 Daily
Lahore Pakistan..........x4 Weekly (aircraft upgraded to 767)
Las Palmas*
Malta*
Mahon*
Malaga......................x3 Daily
Murcia.......................x2 Daily
Nice..........................x1 Daily
Palma........................x2 Daily
Paris.........................x4 Daily
Paphos*....................(NEW for summer 2006!)
Prague......................x1 Daily
Reus*
Southampton..............x5 Daily
Tenerife.....................x4 Weekly scheduled services
Varna*.......................(Extra flights from summer 2006!)
Verona*
Venice.......................x4 Weekly
Zakynthos*

Leeds Bradford International the airport on Leeds and Bradfords doorstep!
 

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Work in progress I am told......keep watching this space! The recently introduced Swefly flights to Lahore Pakistan are already proving a success and they're already looking at increasing the flights. The service is now operated by a 767-200 aircraft.
 

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How do people find out about these flights so quickly! Due to its past, most people I know wouldnt even bother looking for long haul destinations such as Lahore from Leeds, but would go straight for Manchester. Many do try to get European flights though from Leeds. I heard someone say not so long ago when flying to Moscow 'why can't we fly from Leeds?'. "because there's no flights from Leeds". "there might be new flights". "that will never happen, Leeds is a holiday airport, and Moscow isnt a holiday destination"
More or less, those were the exact words, and I hope they're not true! I think Leeds could easily be a major airport given the investment- it has the demand to support things... Really we need to inform airlines and attract them to Leeds Bradford, because if the flight is available, people will get there. The limited infrastructure in the end doesnt stop people from getting there.
 

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Also, I am led to believe that one of Jet2's roles was to revive the airport and bring a large range of new low cost flights to the airport. Well if it was possible to open a new range of destinations from a new airline then, shouldnt it be just as possible now, to bring in a new airline, therefore speeding up the growth and allowing a much larger range of flights? Ive noticed that as the airport offers many European destinations now, there are alo some airlines realizing that long haul flights might be succesful, such as the Lahore service. I believe a Cairo service would be very succesful too...
 

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It would, although I'd like to see them regularly, not just once a week or something. Over 100,000 people travelled from Yorkshire/Humber to New York, alot on business I would guess so the flights need to be timed properley.
 

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Passenger figures reach a new high

Another record breaking month for Leeds Bradford

Continuing the success of June when Leeds Bradford Airport saw more than a quarter of a million passengers pass through the terminal during the month, the airport today announced that a record breaking 281,025 passengers were welcomed by the airport in the month of July.

The total throughput was a 15% increase against July 2004 and brought the total numbers for the year to 1,499,517, which is a 14% increase over the same period of 2004.

The growth of Leeds Bradford is credited to the new services that have recently been launched to the ever-expanding timetable of flights.

New airline to the airport, Swefly, are pleased with initial passenger numbers utilising their service to Lahore, Pakistan and have already upgreaded to a larger aircraft to meet the high demand of people wishing to fly from their local airport.

Likewise, low cost airline, Flybe, reported a healthy number of passengers using their service to Exeter from Leeds Bradford. With fares starting at 21.99pp one way, including taxes and charges, more and more people are expected to abandon the 6-hour drive down to the Devonshire coast, one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations choose to fly from their regional airport.

Managing Director Ed Anderson said, "2005 is proving to be our busiest year ever and we are well on target to achieve 2.7 million passengers. We are in discussions with airlines about further new routes during the coming year."

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Information taken from www.lbia.co.uk
 

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Holiday company Thomas Cook, have announced that they are to increase capacity of their summer 2006 program.

The company has decided to add the Greek islands of Rhodes and Crete (Heraklion)to their program, flying direct from Leeds Bradford International Airport. Holidays to the Algarve, Fueteventura, Lanzarote, Majorca, Tenerife, Turkey, Rhodes and Crete are now been offered by the company with direct flights from Leeds Bradford.
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New updated destination list

*Charter/holiday flights only

Aberdeen..................x3 Daily
Alicante....................x3 Daily
Amsterdam................x5 Daily
Barbados*.................(Selected dates only)
Barcelona..................x1 Daily
Belfast City................x3 Daily
Belfast International....x2 Daily
Bodrum*...................(NEW for summer 2006!)
Bourgas*
Bristol.......................x2 Daily
Brussels....................x3 Daily
Chambery.................(NEW winter scheduled service)
Corfu*
Cork.........................x1 Daily
Dalaman*
Dublin.......................x3 Daily
Edinburgh..................x4 Daily
Exeter.......................x1 Daily
Faro.........................x1 Daily
Fuerteventura*
Geneva.....................(winter only)
Glasgow....................x3 Daily
Heraklion*..................(NEW for summer 2006!)
Ibiza.........................x4 Weekly
Innsbruck*
Isle of Man.................x1 Daily
Jersey.......................x1 Daily
Lanzarote*
London Heathrow........x4 Daily
Lahore Pakistan..........(aircraft upgraded to 767)
Las Palmas*
Malta*
Mahon*
Malaga......................x3 Daily
Murcia.......................x2 Daily
Nice..........................x1 Daily
Palma........................x2 Daily
Paris.........................x4 Daily
Paphos*....................(NEW for summer 2006!)
Prague......................x1 Daily
Rhodes*....................(NEW for summer 2006!)
Reus*
Southampton..............x5 Daily
Tenerife.....................(NEW Scheduled service from OCT)
Varna*......................(Extra flights from summer 2006!)
Verona*
Venice.......................x4 Weekly
Zakynthos*

Leeds Bradford International the airport on Leeds and Bradfords doorstep!
Even more choice from your local airport..........more still to come!!!
 

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Heraklion should be quite a good addition. I flew to Heraklion from Manchester last year, and I know alot of people do actually visit Greece and the Greek Isles, such as Crete.
Egypt seems to be a popular holiday destination at the moment too.
 

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So has the London City link finished? I heard that was more useful to people who wanted to get to London as Heathrow is quite a way out. Although Heathrow is a great flight to link onto further afield
 

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Yes mate the London City service has finished. It has been tried twice unsuccessfully now, so I can't see it operating again anytime soon. The domestic low cost market is expanding and FlyBe are making a real go of services to the south coast and I expect additional services to be added in the near future.
 

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ook. Shame really but still. It may start again in the future when more people will want to fly to Canary Wharf, Olympics, Greenwich... ect.
 

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Leeds No1, Air travel is still going through a change and the trend is still moving more and more towards low cost services, The service operated by BMI to London City was reguarded as too expensive at a time when even business travelers are opting for a cheaper alternative. BMI have since introduced BMI baby fares on some of its London Heathrow services.
 

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Very interesting letter in last night's YEP on Leeds Bradford :-

" Despite operating for less than four months, the owners of the new Doncaster airport are predicting it will overtake Leeds Bradford within the next two years. Frankly, I don’t doubt them. When the same people took control at Liverpool it was half the size of Leeds Bradford – it’s now twice as big. The gap between Leeds Bradford and its peers in the UK has widened over the last 10 years and it remains the smallest airport serving a major UK region. There is no question that this is because Leeds Bradford is local authority controlled. It’s a living legacy of an approach to airport management 60’s style. It didn’t work then and doesn’t work now.

Today private sector specialists operate regional airports using their finances and expertise to build modern facilities and attract new airlines and destinations. Their desire to gain a return on their investment simultaneously benefits the surrounding region through increased employment and investment opportunities. The evidence of these successes across the UK is overwhelming with airports like Bristol and Newcastle even securing daily flights to New York with major US airlines.

The gulf though hasn’t registered or is of no interest to West Yorkshire’s political community. If they genuinely wanted a first class competitive airport, somewhere to raise the region’s profile internationally and be a catalyst for economic development, they would have long since sought a private partner to run Leeds Bradford. Their lack of action speaks volumes."

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The letter to the YEP criticised LBA for its under achievements, stating that Liverpool had grown much faster under private control. The fact is that Liverpool was pulled into growth by Easyjet a good three years before the opening of a low cost brand at Leeds.

Leeds Bradford, with the growth of Jet2 has still managed to maintain a healthy percentage of business flights with airlines such as KLM , Eastern Airways and BMI. It is difficult to quantify whether the new Doncaster airport will have much impact on the growth of LBA. Doncaster does have the land potential for future growth but it will take a number of years before the airport can claim superiority over Leeds Bradford. What must be said is that LBA is hardly a lost cause, the airport has grown by 15% year on year, since the arrival of services by Jet2. The airport company although owned by the 5 metropolitan councils, can still expand under normal limited company rules.

The Department for Transport published its findings into the growth of air travel, stating that Leeds will continue to do well and could expand to handle in the region of 9 - 12 million passengers. The airport has the backing of the Department for Transport to extend the runway by 300m, extend the terminal facilities and parking stands. Provision for additional taxiways and roads have also been recomended.

It has to be said that both Humberside and Nottingham East Midlands have had little growth under the ownership of the Manchester Airport Group, but if a company put the money on the table for all the proposed developments then the councils should take it.
 
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