Record-breaking festive season for Leeds Bradford Airport expected

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LEEDS Bradford International Airport is set to have its busiest ever Christmas and New Year period, bosses have announced.

More than 50,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport over the next two weeks, with the peak travel day predicted to be Boxing Day.

The festive rush tops off a record-breaking year with more than 3.2 million passengers flying from the airport so far in 2013.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development and marketing director at the airport, said: “This Christmas will be our busiest ever, as record numbers of passengers take advantage of our widest ever choice of destinations and some truly fantastic offers.

“While many people are jetting off in search of some winter sun or for a spot of skiing, we also look forward to welcoming inbound visitors to Yorkshire, whether they are returning home or spending Christmas in our region enjoying Yorkshire’s famous hospitality.

“Regardless of whether they are coming or going, our airport ambassadors will be on hand to provide a warm welcome to all our passengers over the Christmas period.”

He said sun, ski and city destinations were all popular with travellers this year, with winter hotspots of Tenerife and Lanzarote currently topping the list – where temperatures are expected to reach 21 degrees Celsius on Christmas Day.

Geneva continues to be the most popular ski gateway providing easy access to the French and Swiss Alps while Mr Hallwood said Amsterdam, Prague and Paris remained firm favourites for city breaks in Europe.

Passengers flying home to spend Christmas with their loved ones are also expected to use the airport, with other popular domestic destinations including London Heathrow, Belfast, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

Yorkshire has endured a week of icy conditions.

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