Regional airports 'strengthening their position'
Wed, 14 May, 2008
Regional airports will "without a shadow of a doubt" go from strength to strength, according to a spokesman for Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA).
Tony Hallwood, commercial development director at LBA, said regional airports were introducing more destinations and a wider range of scheduled flights, reducing the need for people to travel to London.
He also said that LBA offered the most punctual service of any airport in 2007 with a large volume of passengers flying to their destinations on time.
"We've grown a significant number of domestic and international services around Europe and now the focus is on new, longer-haul destinations which have traditionally been served by Heathrow," he stated.
"The top of our priority list will be to directly link Leeds with the United States and New York, which will open up new a range of new linkages across North America."
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, regional airport growth in 2006 was at four per cent, whereas growth for London airports stood at 2.5 per cent.