Turks offer homeland routes

Holidays 4U is to begin offering holidays from Leeds Bradford Airport to Dalaman and Bodrum in its native Turkey.

Despite having one of the least original names in world travel, Holidays 4U has been around longer than most travel firms, providing “surprisingly cheap” holidays to UK travellers from its main base in Brighton.

The company uses its own “wily Turks” to haggle for the cheapest holiday prices, because Turkish merchants know how to sniff out a good deal, or so Holidays 4U’s website claims. “That doesn’t mean we’re a bit dodgy,” the site adds.

Dalaman, home of the Alexandria Railway Station, which was somehow built by mistake in 1906, will be accessible from Leeds from May 22 next year, whereas Bodrum, a port town in southwestern Turkey, becomes available on July 19 2011.

Leeds’ commercial boss Tony Hallwood referred to the new routes as an “important addition” to the airport’s list of summer flights.

Holidays 4U is the second company to expand at the West Yorkshire hub in under a month, after orange-and-white airline easyJet opened up a new base at Leeds Bradford, adding a flight to popular skiing gateway Geneva.

Joe Laver, Holidays 4U’s sales director, said that the firm was “delighted” to be able to offer new holiday destinations to Yorkshire travellers. Joe, along with Tony Hallwood and a rather cold-looking belly dancer, posed for photographs outside the Yeadon airport, in celebration of the expansion.

As Holidays 4U is not an airline, the operator’s flights are handled by OnurAir, a carrier based in Istanbul, Turkey. Holidays 4U provides package holidays and flights, both of which can be booked on the company’s official website.

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