Leeds Bradford setting passenger traffic records - Leeds Bradford Airport News

Airport news for Leeds Bradford on 25/09/2008.

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In August, Leeds Bradford Airport (LBIA) reported the most passenger traffic of 345,000, the highest it has ever recorded, which is a rise of five per cent over August of 2007.

The airport serving north-central England saw passenger numbers rise significantly during its busy summer travel season, with 1,277,752 passing through the facility in the May through August period.

What these figures indicate is that Leeds Bradford is one of the fastest-growing airports in Britain, and clearly growing more rapidly than other regional facilities in the north of England. Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, Manchester Airport and Newcastle Airport are all seeing declines in passenger traffic.

LBIA was purchased by European private equity firm Bridgepoint in 2007, from the local authority, at a cost of £145.5 million.

With the new owners, the airport has seen an addition of 30 new services and a plan to improve the infrastructures and the facilities. The budget for the improvement projects is approximately £70 million.

The services experiencing the strongest demand at Leeds Bradford are the jet2.com twice-daily flights to Malaga and Ryanair’s flights to Dublin. Over 20,000 passengers were transported on these two routes.

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