British Airways launch new Yorkshire to London flights
BUSINESS travellers and lovers of city breaks will soon be able to take advantage of new flights from Yorkshire to London.
The four-times-a-day British Airways service will allow passengers from Leeds Bradford Airport to connect with the global network from Heathrow.
Flights are timed to offer convenient onward connections to places such as Hong Kong, New York, Johannesburg and Sydney.
They will be able to check in their bags and receive boarding cards for their entire journey at Leeds Bradford.
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From December, business passengers from East Yorkshire will be a convenient ride along the M62 from the global business world.
The move was enabled by British Airways' acquisition of British Midland (bmi).
Andy Lord, British Airways director of operations, said: "This will make the route affordable for customers who, perhaps, have not thought about it before.
"This is a welcome return to Yorkshire for British Airways and we are very excited about flying from this excellent, commercially important airport once again.
"bmi's integration into British Airways is enabling us to grow our network as we promised, giving customers more flights to destinations we know they want to fly to.
"Leeds Bradford has a significant catchment area and we are delighted to offer not only direct flights to London but a well-timed schedule that will allow customers from this region to connect with our extensive short-haul and long-haul flights from Heathrow."
The flights have been priced to compete with rail travel or going by car. All inclusive one-way fares from Leeds Bradford to Heathrow are available from £42, including a 23kg luggage allowance.
John Parkin, Leeds Bradford Airport chief executive, said: "We are delighted to welcome British Airways to Leeds Bradford.
"There is a detailed business case that has to work for both partners and this route has been the number one required route.
"It has been a long time coming but anything worth having is worth waiting for."
Mr Parkin said Yorkshire had been "outside the main stream of connectivity" and the new service would help to address that.
He said: "This important new service to Heathrow connects Yorkshire with the world.
"It provides our businesses with the access they need to emerging and established global markets, and enables those markets to easily come to Yorkshire, bringing their investment and inbound tourism direct into our region."