The UK’s Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has recorded a major traffic milestone with the announcement that it has broken its three million rolling year passenger figure, according to provisional figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Passenger traffic was up by 19.6% in May and 12.6% in June, compared to the same months in 2012.
The increased traffic could be due to several recent changes to LBA’s route and airline network. Jet2.com now serves 48 destinations with new routes to Greece and Croatia introduced this summer. Monarch launched its sixth UK base at LBA this spring, introducing 12 destinations and creating 200 local jobs.
British Airways returned to the airport in April while Thomson reintroduced a based aircraft for the summer. Eastern Airways also introduced base capacity, operating business services to Aberdeen.
LBA’s Marketing Director Tony Hallwood (pictured) commented: “[The] significant increase in passenger traffic and extended route and airline choice for 2013 is particularly pleasing in such a competitive marketplace. We work closely with all our airline partners to introduce new routes and add frequency on existing services, and our efforts are now reflected in the airport’s increase in passenger numbers.
“LBA is proud to have secured commitment from several major airlines to invest in the region and create new employment opportunities. The three million passenger figure demonstrates the strength of our catchment area and the success of our strategy to deliver growth for the Leeds city region and Yorkshire.”