BRITISH Airways is to re-launch four-times-a-day flights from Leeds Bradford International Airport to Heathrow. This link had been operated by BMI until March 2009, when the Airline ceased running its Leeds Bradford- Heathrow connection.
The new British Airways daily service, which will begin operating from December 9, will allow passengers to make connections to destinations including Hong Kong, New York, Johannesburg, Singapore and Sydney.
Mid Yorkshire Head of Policy Steven Leigh commented:
We are very pleased to hear that BA are to reintroduce the shuttle service between LBA and London Heathrow. We have been campaigning for this, along with other local Chambers, for a considerable time. The connection is very important for businesses in our region, and it is entirely appropriate that such connections to regional airports, particularly by BA, should be established ahead of any further ambitions for a third runway at Heathrow. The case for developing Heathrow as a fit-for-purpose international hub airport is highly dependant on effective regional connections which will allow businesses to gain access quickly and efficiently to international destinations. Importantly, this new link will also make Yorkshire and the LCR a more accessible region for attracting inward investment from overseas. This development is exciting and most welcome. However, we will not be resting on our laurels, and our Chamber will continue to lobby very strongly for state-of-the-art road and rail communications into LBA, which will allow businesses throughout our region to take full advantage of the new service.