British Airways axes Leeds Bradford Airport from route network
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British Airways will end its service to Leeds.
On Thursday, the U.K.’s flag carrier announced that it would suspend its operations to Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). For the summer, BA had planned to operate 10 flights a week to LBA, connecting the city with its main London Heathrow (LHR) hub.
BA’s flight between LBA and Heathrow was the only nonstop air connection between Yorkshire and London. The route suspension is effective immediately.
“We are sorry to suspend our flights to Leeds Bradford after many years”, British Airways said in a statement. “We regularly evaluate our routes based on where our customers tell us they want to travel. We remain committed to connecting businesses, families and friends right across our U.K. network”.
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BA said that it’s in contact with passengers who had travel booked from LBA to provide alternative options.
The move to suspend service at LBA comes amid the airline’s attempt to shrink and cut costs in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. Airline executives and aviation industry groups around the world have said that airlines will need to adjust and come out of the coronavirus crisis smaller, and it may take years to get back to the pre-coronavirus level of operations.
International Airlines Group (IAG), which owns BA, CEO Willie Walsh announced that BA was planning to make 12,000 BA staff redundant. The airline also doesn’t plan to return to its pre-coronavirus level of service for years.
“Domestic and international connectivity remains critical to support business and the region’s economy and we hope to welcome BA back in the future”, a spokesperson for Leeds Bradford Airport said in a statement.
While BA has the route suspended, the best way for those in Yorkshire to connect to BA’s network is from Manchester Airport (MAN). BA flies between MAN and Heathrow several times daily.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, LBA had been planning on dramatic expansion — including a £150 million new terminal. The airport plans to transport seven million passengers by 2030.
According to LBA’s website, the following airlines still operate to the airport: Aer Lingus, Aurigny, Jet2, KLM, Ryanair and TUI, as well as some small holiday services.
Featured photo by Leeds Fotografica/Shutterstock.
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