Yorkshire residents can now fly to London with ease, now that Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) offers direct flights to the capital.
British Airways’ new service to London Heathrow launched today following a long campaign for flights from LBA to the capital to be reintroduced. There had been no flights from LBA to London since Flybe cancelled their service to Gatwick in March 2011.
A number of local business executives and celebrities have spent months explaining why such a flight was necessary and have now been rewarded for their hard work. British Airways will send eight planes a day to the capital.
Many professionals in Yorkshire may have wanted easier access to the event spaces or higher class of conference venue London has to offer.
In an interview with bbc.co.uk, LBA’s commercial director Tony Hallwood predicted that the flights would prove extremely popular.
He said: “We believe there will be lots of support from our local businesses in the region for this. We have every intention of growing the number of flights and British Airways have said that if the business is here they will deliver it.”
Thetelegraphandargus.co.uk reports that the first flight to the capital was greeted with a water cannon salute from the local fire service.