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Yorkshire Airport

  • Episode: 

    2 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 23 Jul 2019
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    8.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 30 2019 : Sat 20 Jul - Fri 26 Jul
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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Series overview
 
Ey up! Yorkshire Airport is a brand new 6-part documentary series filmed over the summer of 2018 at Leeds Bradford Airport.
 
Leeds Bradford may not be the UK’s biggest airport, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in ambition. With owners having green lighted a huge multi million pound investment, the airport is undergoing a huge makeover. 
 
A recent Department of Transport report expects that Leeds Bradford will be the nation’s fastest growing airport and hit passenger numbers of 7 million per year by 2030
 
But it’s the next 12 months that are critical  to the workforce of over 2000 of Yorkshire’s finest, as they aim to bring through the doors an extra 500,000 new passengers.
 
Despite its long term goals, the airport still maintains its warm and witty northern charm, and the series focuses on a dozen staff who go above and beyond every day to keep the terminal and airfield running.
 
Narrated by Hugh Dennis
 
Episode 2
 
With the airline auditors paying Leeds Bradford an unexpected visit, baggage boys Jimmy and Michael fear for their jobs when they lose a piece of luggage. Meanwhile duty manager Nathan is left to deal with flooded toilets next to the executive departure lounges, and rookie Gabby struggles to cope with a family kicking off at the departure gate after they’re told their seats have been split up all over the plane to Palma.
 
Recurring characters
 
In the terminal we’re with 24 year old high flying Duty Manager Nathan, for whom customer service with a smile  is always guaranteed - even when he’s busy trying to get the faulty Arrivals doors to re-open, or blocking off the toilets for the executive lounges due to a blocked toilet leak.
 
Passenger Services Agent Chloe is the holiday superhero. No matter how big the problem - hundreds of boozy Brits heading for Ibiza, or potentially explosive wheelchair batteries, she’ll go above and beyond to make sure her passengers end up on the plane.
 
There’s no phasing Airside Operations Manager Jamie. An open door on an in air plane, a melting runway, whatever the airside dilemma, Jamie’s on hand to fix it.
 
Baggage Boys Jimmy and Brooks are the master and student of ground crew. They love a laugh, but the smile can slip on occasion, such as when they miscount a bag or doors won’t open to the planes hold because a bad landing has sent all the luggage plummeting forwards blocking the door.
 
As with all airports, security is a huge issue, and on the front line of defence at Leeds Bradford is 20 year old Security Supervisor Connor. We join Connor on one of his Airside Red Patrols where he has a penchant for the latest perfumes, and casts a keen eye over customers choice of luggage. Although he says he doesn’t do blood, Connor does provide a safe watch over a medical emergency on an inbound flight from Amsterdam in one episode, although he does miss spotting the Hollywood actor who was also on board.
 
All the Yorkshire Airport staff share the same ambition this summer - to keep the passengers happy, the planes flying, and to make sure Leeds Bradford is well on its way to becoming the number one airport in the North - and there’s ‘nowt’ wrong with that.