Leeds Bradford Airport celebrates biggest year in its history

Tony Hallwood at Leeds Bradford Airport. Picture by Vicky Matthers.
Tony Hallwood at Leeds Bradford Airport. Picture by Vicky Matthers.
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LEEDS BRADFORD International Airport is celebrating a record-breaking year after welcoming more than 3.3million passengers through its terminal.

The figure is the biggest the airport has seen in its 83-year history.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA), said: “2014 has been a milestone year for Leeds Bradford and one which has seen a range of terminal developments alongside important new routes, airlines and services introduced.

“We would like to thank all our passengers for choosing to fly locally and conveniently from Yorkshire’s gateway airport.”

LBIA offers flights to 70 destinations, with direct flights to 23 countries with 10 major airlines.

As revealed in the YEP earlier this year, the airport is set to more than double its passenger numbers in the next decade, and it could triple those numbers by 2050, according to official Government figures.

Other highlights for the airport this year include its Best UK Airport award at the Globe Travel Award ceremony in January.

It also recently announced a £1.2m investment for terminal improvements including more car parking spaces and a shuttle bus service for long stay parkers.

Earlier this month, British Airways celebrated its 250,000th passenger flying on LBA’s London Heathrow route since it was launched two years ago.

British Airways is one of three new airlines that have started operations at LBIA in the last two years, along with Aer Lingus and Monarch.

Meanwhile Jet2, which runs services from Leeds Bradford Airport, also has a reason to celebrate over the festive period as it saw bumper sales in the run up to Christmas.

Holiday package provider Jet2holidays saw a 42 per cent increase in bookings on Monday, December 22, as last-minute shoppers rushed to book holidays for loved ones this festive season.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We’ve seen a real upturn in bookings.

“We can only assume it’s those who have left it until the last-minute to buy their presents, taking advantage of our low £60 deposit to treat their loved ones to a fantastic sun or city break next year.”