British Airways confirms it has suspended flights to Leeds Bradford Airport

BRITISH Airways today confirmed it has suspended its flights to Leeds Bradford Airport from Heathrow.

In a statement, British Airways said: "We are sorry to suspend our flights to Leeds Bradford after many years."
In a statement, British Airways said: "We are sorry to suspend our flights to Leeds Bradford after many years."

A spokesman for the airline confirmed that this suspension was permanent and it was contacting customers to provide options for them.

In a statement, British Airways said: "We are sorry to suspend our flights to Leeds Bradford after many years.

"We regularly evaluate our routes based on where our customers tell us they want to travel.

"We remain committed to connecting businesses, families and friends right across our UK network."

The announcement will disappoint many business and leisure travellers who used the service to help connect them with global destinations.

A spokesman for Leeds Bradford Airport said: “We are disappointed that BA has taken the decision to cease its route between LBA and Heathrow.

“Domestic and international connectivity remains critical to support business and the region’s economy and we hope to welcome BA back in the future.”

It comes as the airport plans expansion. Earlier this year, airport boss Hywel Rees unveiled a plan for a £150m brand new terminal building. Covering 34,000 square metres, it will span three floors and completely replace the existing building, which will be knocked down once the new facility is constructed.

Mr Rees wants the new terminal up and running by 2023.

The plan is the most ambitious one to be applied to the airport in half a century but Mr Rees is adamant that it is needed to realise its target of growing passenger numbers from four million to seven million a year and to serve more long-haul and business-related destinations.

“There is a lot to do between now and then,” he said. “I am under no illusions about that.

“But I didn’t come here to fail. If I go away from here with the airport still operating from this building then I will have failed.

“There have been so many false starts with this airport.”

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