The airport, which flies to 70 direct destinations, also now boasts connections to four major airport hubs across Europe, making business travel from Leeds Bradford even more attractive for onward travel to long haul destinations; as well as giving plenty of scope for domestic business travel across the UK and services across Europe.
Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “Delivering a wider choice of direct business routes from Leeds Bradford, as well as the ability to connect to onwards destinations with convenience and ease is a major focus for us.
Yorkshire businesses provide valuable input into our future route development plans and to further boost the economic success of the region we are committed to delivering a range of new services to capital and commercial centres over the next 12 months.
“Leeds Bradford's recently launched draft Masterplan confirms the airport's plans to support the Yorkshire's growth and development over the next 15 years by means of major investment in our airport facilities and route network.
"We are determined that our passengers should be able to fly close to their home and business rather than having to endure the increasingly congested motorway network linking to other airports across the Pennines.
"Helping business travellers who wish to conduct business in Yorkshire allowing them to fly directly into the region at Leeds Bradford is also a major focus and we look forward to working with our corporate partners to maximise this potential.”
The four important connecting hubs from Leeds Bradford include Heathrow with British Airways, Amsterdam through KLM, Dublin via AerLingus and Barcelona with Vueling.
Tony added: “We are bringing Yorkshire businesses closer to their worldwide contacts through these major hubs and we will be building on our flight frequencies via these important connections over the next few years.
"We’re are very proud of delivering these critical links for Yorkshire, the demand for them has been fantastic and we look forward to introducing more hub connections to widen the choice for business travellers in the near future.”
The introduction of three daily British Airways flights to London Heathrow T5, for example, provides for convenient onward connections onto over 70 short and long haul destinations.
British Airways is an important airline for Yorkshire because it links the region with so many important long haul destinations including North and South America, India and China where our regional businesses are growing and developing new business opportunities.
The British Airways flight schedule from Leeds Bradford also means that business and leisure travellers can fly from Yorkshire to London at a low price which is a fraction of the rail cost. Flying to London can save both time and money.
The PA Hub in Leeds is just one of the many regional businesses using the British Airways Leeds Bradford to London Heathrow service on a regular basis.
The Heathrow Express service means passengers can be in the central London in just 30 minutes; something that directors Jon and Marion Lowrence of the The PA Hub like about the route.
Jon and Marion use the British Airways route a few times every quarter and have also travelled to South Africa through the connection hub at Heathrow.
Marion said: “It’s a fantastic service, a nice stress free way to travel for business. We can arrive at the airport by bus from Leeds city centre and go into the Yorkshire Premier Lounge, which is a great environment to carry on working, while we wait for our flight. It’s a convenient, quick and cost effective way to travel.”
Apart from London, Leeds Bradford's flight schedule also provides local and regional businesses with a further seven domestic routes across the UK linking the airport with Aberdeen, Belfast, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Southampton and from October, Newquay.
By providing a range of flight frequencies offering cost effective options, domestic air travel means that businesses can avoid travelling on congested motorways and avoid lengthy rail journeys to attend appointments or meetings.
Many businesses are now realising that apart from the time savings, flying also provides a very cost effective way of travelling from Leeds Bradford.
Tony said: “It is about changing the mindset around air travel for business passengers; we know our that excellent customer service has been boosted by our recent announcement that Leeds Bradford delivered the best on time performance in 2015 (Q2 and Q3) and we understand how reliability is an important ingredient in the decision making process.
“At the airport we offer a swift check in alongside smooth processing via security and also free superfast Wi-Fi for all passengers. We also have the fantastic Yorkshire Premier Lounge where people can relax before their flight.
"The lounge has recently undergone a complete refresh to raise our standards further. For those businesses travelling by car, our business parking facilities are located only 150m from the terminal - a 2 minute walk to check in."
At present, business travel accounts for around 20% of journeys at Leeds Bradford and that is expected to grow over the next few years. 2016 will be the airport’s busiest yet, with over 3.5 million passengers flying from the airport.
Leeds Bradford is now working hard to introduce further new business routes and deliver frequency growth on its existing network to support the region’s increasing travel needs. To find out more about the growing range of flight options with its 12 major airline partners, visit www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk
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