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New routes announced for Leeds Bradford

The budget airline Ryanair has announced it is launching several new routes from Leeds Bradford. It says it expects 1.1 million customers a year to travel through the airport. The new routes include flights to Gran Canaria and a twice weekly winter service to Faro.

Tony Hallwood and Kenny Jacobs announcing the introduction of Gran Canaria - a new Winter route to Leeds Bradford by Ryanair

We welcome the growth in the Ryanair programme for winter 2016 following strong demand for flights over the last 12 months. The introduction of a new route to Gran Canaria will widen the airline's destination choice to 12 routes across 6 countries, whilst the continuation of Faro flights into the winter will be welcomed by overseas home owners and holidaymakers alike.In addition, the growth in flight frequencies to Alicante, Krakow, Lanzarote and Tenerife will mean that next winter will see the largest ever winter Ryanair programme from LBA serving Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region.

– Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Aviation Development Director

Jet2 flight diverted due to passenger's 'unacceptable behaviour'

The Yorkshire based airline Jet2 has diverted a flight to Alicante from Leeds Bradford after a passenger's "unacceptable behaviour"

The passenger was taken off the flight after it was diverted to Toulouse Credit: Jet2

The flight landed in Toulouse where the passenger was handed over to the police.

Credit: Press Association

Jet2.com is a holiday airline. We will not allow our customers’ holidays to be upset by an individuals’ obnoxious behaviour. Passenger welfare is and always will be our number one priority which is why we have brought in these measures to take action against anyone who causes offence and disruption to our passengers and crew. We will not hesitate to prosecute individuals where necessary.

– Phil Ward, Managing Director of Jet2.com

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Pupils run their own airline companies

Students from schools across West Yorkshire gathered to pick up industry skills from British Airways and Leeds Bradford Airport at an ‘airline master class’. Staff from the airline and the airport volunteered their time to share knowledge and wisdom with the participants.

Pupils from Horsforth School with Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development & marketing director

This year’s master class was hosted at Horsforth School, ex-pupil Sally Beardsworth of British Airways and Beverley Walker of Leeds Bradford Airport returned as industry volunteers to give advice to the students.

15 schools from around West Yorkshire each put forward a team of ten students to take part in the project and develop their business skills first hand. Each ‘company’ was given a virtual budget of £200 million to set up and run their own airline.

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