Boris Johnson adviser: ‘Heathrow flight from Leeds-Bradford will be axed’ (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Boris Johnson adviser: ‘Heathrow flight from Leeds-Bradford will be axed’
4:54pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
West Yorkshire is doomed to lose its direct air link to London, Boris Johnson’s aviation adviser has warned.
Daniel Moylan said he was convinced that flights from Leeds-Bradford airport to Heathrow Airport would be axed within “four or five years”.
But a British Airways spokesman, speaking at a fringe meeting at the Conservative conference, insisted the company wanted to “make a success” of the flights.
The apparent threat to the Leeds-Bradford air link emerged at a meeting, hosted by the magazine Transport Times, to discuss the lack of capacity at the South-East’s bulging airports.
Mr Moylan sits on the Transport for London board and was described as the “brains” behind the Mayor’s policy to create a new airport in the Thames Estuary.
He argued that it was unrealistic to expect all the regional airports currently flying to Heathrow to keep those flights – and pointed to Leeds-Bradford as the most vulnerable.
And he told the T&A: “I’ve been told that BA will be reorganising all its regional flights over the next four or five years. It seems to me that Leeds-Bradford is very unlikely to keep its slot to Heathrow. BA will reallocate that slot, because it’s the least viable and makes the least money.”
Mr Moylan stressed that BA had not told him that the flights would be axed – just that it was planning a major reorganisation that, he believed, put it in peril.
The loss of the link would be a huge blow to West Yorkshire, after an estimate put the value to the regional economy at £10 million a year.