As from the end of June Flybe will be operating three flights a day from Leeds-Bradford airport to London Gatwick. This March saw bmi scrap the service from Leeds-Bradford to London Heathrow so passengers and businesses alike will benefit from the introduction of the new service from rivals Flybe. It is expected that the new route will attract close to a hundred thousand passengers a year.
Around 130 new jobs will be created as a result, some with Flybe (both at Gatwick and Leeds-Bradford), some with the airport operator, Bridgepoint, and others within the travel-related industry.
The news has been welcomed by the commercial director of Leeds-Bradford airport although the chief executive of Bradford Chamber of Commerce has expressed reservations about Gatwick, saying that it may be less popular with the business traveller than Heathrow with its underground links straight into central London.
The new service starts on June 29th and tickets cost from as little as £24.99 (taxes and charges included) for a one way trip. Weekday flights will leave Gatwick at 07.25, 12.30 and 18.55 whilst those from Leeds depart at 09.00, 14.05 and 17.05. The service is reduced to twice a day at weekends but the times of the flights will appeal to anyone in Leeds who fancies a weekend in London, with a flight leaving Leeds-Bradford at 08.45 on the Saturday morning and flying back from Gatwick at 18.55. With a flight time of only an hour and ten minutes it will certainly beat driving.