Five things: Leeds-Bradford Airport

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Think you know Leeds-Bradford Airport? Think again.

Leeds Bradford Airport is situated on the old Yeadon Aerodrome, which began life as the local flying club on the Harrogate Road. The airport in essence started operating in 1935.

After the war Yeadon Aviation Ltd operated the airport for the local flying club. The first scheduled services were to Belfast, Jersy, Ostend, Isle of Wight and Dusseldorf.

A new runway was constructed in 1965 but this improvement was somewhat off set by a fire to the terminal which required a complete rebuild and was not completed until 1968.

Due to the 1986 Airports Acts decreeing all airports must be operated by limited companies, the five councils of West Yorkshire became shareholders in the airport.

In 1959 the Leeds Bradford Airport joint Committee took over the running of the airport and improvements to lighting, runways and passenger facilities were undertaken.

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