Leeds Bradford Airport Parking

History of Leeds / Bradford airport

In keeping with many UK airports Leeds Bradford International airport started life as a local flying club based at Yeadon in 1931. The first schedule flights commenced in 1935 to Newcastle and Edinburgh by North Eastern airways and to the Isle of Man by West Coast air Services.

All civilian flights ceased in 1939 due to the start of the Second World War. The Avro factory next to the aerodrome built over 4500 planes including the famous Lancaster, Anson and York.

After the war, flights began again in 1947 and in 1953 the flying club was incorporated to form Yeadon Aviation Ltd. In 1959 this became the Leeds Bradford Airport Joint Committee.

BKS started the first flights to London in 1960 with Aer Lingus a year later introducing a flight to Dublin. A new runway was completed in 1965 but alas the terminal building was destroyed by fire and it took until 1968 for a new passenger terminal to be built.

Package holidays were just starting and in 1976 Britannia airways owned by Thompson started flights to the Iberian Islands.

 


    

The 1978 White paper on Airport policy designated Leeds Bradford Airport category b regional airport status and the green light after a lengthy enquiry to extend the runway was granted, although night flying was restricted. The runway extension required the A658 to be moved and a twin tunnel built under the runway.

The runway was completed in 1984 followed by the new terminal facilities in 1986, which was opened by HRH Duchess of Kent. During this year the airport broke ½ million passenger numbers.

In 1987 the Airports act required plc status for all airports and the following councils shareholdings was Leeds and Bradford 40% each and Wakefield, Calderdale, and Kirklees split the remaining 20%.

In 1994 the nighttime flying restriction was lifted for the quietist aircraft. This helped passenger numbers break the 1 million barrier in 1996 with over 2.6 million in 2005

The airport has continued to spend on improving the terminal, check in desks and car parking. Whilst in % terms the airport has seen good increases the overall number of passenger's lags well behind other Regional airports.

The airport's location does it no favours and with Manchester airport, East Midlands, Newcastle airport and the new Doncaster Robin Hood growing at faster rates due to their better motorway system some doubt must remain over our this airport will fare in the future.

Airport
2004 Pax
2003 Pax
%
2004
2003

London Heathrow airport

67,342,743

63,495,367

+6.06

1

1

London Gatwick airport

31,466,770

30,005,260

+4.84

2

2

Manchester airport

21,249,841

19,699,256

+7.87

3

3

Stansted airport

20,910,842

18,722,112

+11.69

4

4

Birmingham airport

8,862,388

9,079,172

-2.39

5

5

Glasgow airport

8,575,039

8,129,713

+5.48

6

6

Edinburgh airport

8,017,577

7,481,454

+7.17

7

7

Luton airport

7,535,614

6,797,144

+10.86

8

8

Newcastle airport

4,724,263

3,920,204

+20.51

9

11

Bristol airport

4,647,266

3,915,072

+18.70

10

12

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