Plans to expand number of Leeds-London flights

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YORKSHIRE could be in line for a tourism and business bonanza in a proposed deal to boost the number of flights between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow.

Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye will meet Leeds Bradford chief John Parkin next month to discuss a financial deal designed to support more flights to and from the capital.

The deal is dependent on Heathrow getting permission to expand.

A £10 million Route Development Fund is being proposed to provide start-up support for new routes between airports, including Leeds Bradford, and Heathrow.

Research commissioned by Heathrow claims that its expansion could benefit Yorkshire to the tune of £9bn in growth and 11,200 jobs.

Mr Holland-Kaye said: “We’re ready to connect Yorkshire to global growth. We have been listening to businesses, politicians and now to the National Connectivity Task Force, and today’s announcement shows that we have a plan to deliver what Britain needs.”

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