Olympic boxer Luke Campbell lent some heavyweight – or bantamweight – support to the launch of British Airways’ flights from Leeds Bradford to Heathrow.

Yorkshireman Luke joined business leaders, customers and airport personnel today to officially welcome the airline back to the county.

Luke, who became the first boxer in the bantamweight category to win Olympic gold for Britain in more than a century at the London 2012 Games, met the first flight with Andy Lord, British Airways director of operations and John Parkin, chief executive of Leeds Bradford Airport.

The aircraft was greeted by a water canon salute from the Fire Service and there was a real Yorkshire flavour on board as well as Captain James Rowland and cabin crew members Jody West, Jan Nowak and Diane Clayforth, are all from the local area.

Andy Lord said: “This is all about the best of British and I am delighted that one of our Olympic gold medallists helped celebrate British Airways’ return to Leeds Bradford Airport.”

John Parkin said “. This new service is a significant milestone for Leeds Bradford Airport and I urge businesses to take advantage of British Airways’ global network to stimulate further economic growth for the Leeds City Region.”