Leeds Bradford Airport's new Dublin service to open up transatlantic travel

Leeds Bradford Airport's new Dublin service to open up transatlantic travel

Leeds Bradford Airport's aviation development director, Tony Hallwood, at the announcement.

Chief commercial officer of Aer Lingus Regional, Simon Fagan.

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Editor

A NEW air link to Ireland designed to boost transatlantic travel has been announced at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Aer Lingus Regional, returning to the Yeadon airport after a gap of 14 years, will start a double daily return service to Dublin from Thursday, October 23.

Regional business leaders joined members of the media at a packed press conference, announcing the new flights, today.

Aer Lingus hopes the service will appeal to both business passengers from both countries and those seeking to travel between the UK and North America while taking advantage of Dublin's US Customs and Border Pre-Clearance facility.

Chief commercial of Aer Lingus Regional, Simon Fagan, described that feature as "a huge time saver" that would deliver clear benefits to transit passengers joining connecting flights in Ireland.

He said: "We'll have a morning service from Leeds at 8.30am every morning, just in time to meet the Aer Lingus first wave of flights to North America and Canada.

"We'll have you from Leeds to New York in nine hours, 55 minutes - there is no quicker way."

Scheduled to suit day return business trips, the service will include two departures to Dublin, at 8.30am and 6.05pm, between Monday and Saturday, with flights in the other direction leaving Dublin at 6.50am and 4.25pm.

There will also be a Sunday service leaving Leeds Bradford Airport at 12.10pm and 6.05pm.

Aer Lingus is aiming to attract 70,000 passengers in its first year and is predicting the service will give Yorkshire's tourism, as well as business, a boost.

Mr Fagan said: "There's huge potential for US tourists to use the service as the quickest and most convenient way to access Yorkshire.

"We have the potential to grow this route to three or four flights a day and really open up the connectivity between Leeds and the US."

Leeds Bradford Airport's chief executive, John Parkin, added: "We're absolutely delighted to welcome such a long-standing and prestigious brand as Aer Lingus to the airport.

"This announcement will provide increased choice for business and leisure passengers flying to the Dublin hub.

"In addition to introducing a business friendly schedule between the two growing city regions of Leeds and Dublin, the opportunity for passengers to connect to Aer Lingus' expanding North American network will offer a wider range of connections across the US and Canada."

He added that the airport would also be looking forward to welcoming "increasing numbers" of visitors from America and Ireland.

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3:26pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Joedavid says...

Sounds good news for those going to the US will it open up other destinations from Dublin?
Also means another Irish company running from LBA.
Sounds good news for those going to the US will it open up other destinations from Dublin? Also means another Irish company running from LBA. Joedavid
  • Score: 8

3:41pm Tue 2 Sep 14

we'recitynotbradford says...

We'll have you from Leeds to New York in nine hours, 55 minutes - there is no quicker way - so how long will it take from Bradford or is it only serving L666s people??????????????
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We'll have you from Leeds to New York in nine hours, 55 minutes - there is no quicker way - so how long will it take from Bradford or is it only serving L666s people?????????????? ?????? we'recitynotbradford
  • Score: -8

4:47pm Tue 2 Sep 14

llos25 says...

I go states quite a lot it takes a lot less time than that but then again I don´t fly from a tin hut called LBA
I go states quite a lot it takes a lot less time than that but then again I don´t fly from a tin hut called LBA llos25
  • Score: -19

6:15pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Class_War says...

The numerous UFO sightings in the vicinity of LBA over the years, and their seeming reluctance to even acknowledge such incidents makes me wonder just how safe it is to fly from LBA.
The numerous UFO sightings in the vicinity of LBA over the years, and their seeming reluctance to even acknowledge such incidents makes me wonder just how safe it is to fly from LBA. Class_War
  • Score: -13

6:19pm Tue 2 Sep 14

spearmint wino says...

9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker.
9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker. spearmint wino
  • Score: -9

6:38pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Mixter says...

I for one would sooner walk to Dublin, or the states for that matter, than use the present con outfit; Ryanair. Bloody good news this for the Irish aspect.
I for one would sooner walk to Dublin, or the states for that matter, than use the present con outfit; Ryanair. Bloody good news this for the Irish aspect. Mixter
  • Score: -6

6:52pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Joedavid says...

spearmint wino wrote:
9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker.
Yes but you should add time to travel from here to Manchester airport.
[quote][p][bold]spearmint wino[/bold] wrote: 9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker.[/p][/quote]Yes but you should add time to travel from here to Manchester airport. Joedavid
  • Score: 12

7:00pm Tue 2 Sep 14

llos25 says...

it is for most much quicker to manchester than going to a fog bound tin hut that portrays itself as an airport.I normally fly from manchester or Frankfurt proper airports.
it is for most much quicker to manchester than going to a fog bound tin hut that portrays itself as an airport.I normally fly from manchester or Frankfurt proper airports. llos25
  • Score: -16

7:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

spearmint wino says...

Joedavid wrote:
spearmint wino wrote:
9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker.
Yes but you should add time to travel from here to Manchester airport.
Fair comment, I did a drop off at Manchester yesterday morning, 50 mins door to door. Plus one plane from Manchester no changing.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spearmint wino[/bold] wrote: 9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker.[/p][/quote]Yes but you should add time to travel from here to Manchester airport.[/p][/quote]Fair comment, I did a drop off at Manchester yesterday morning, 50 mins door to door. Plus one plane from Manchester no changing. spearmint wino
  • Score: 4

10:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

spearmint wino says...

Forgot to add that there is no charge to drop off at Manchester either.
Forgot to add that there is no charge to drop off at Manchester either. spearmint wino
  • Score: 1

7:32am Wed 3 Sep 14

mad matt says...

For a start off, it's NOT Ryanair, it's Air Lingus, secondly LBA is no longer a 'tin hut airport' it's got quite sophisticated over the years.
The only problem with LBA is simply getting there.
Bus services to and from Leeds and Bradford are useless because of delays due to the traffic snarl-ups. Taxis are way too expensive and the 'drop-off' charges at the airport are disgusting.
A rail link is needed from Horsforth for a direct service to and from Leeds and from Guiseley for a direct service from Bradfod. How people arriving into Bradford from the west (interchange) are going to get across to Forster Square, needs sorting out as well !
As per usual, there is no joined-up thinking from the transport authorities.
For a start off, it's NOT Ryanair, it's Air Lingus, secondly LBA is no longer a 'tin hut airport' it's got quite sophisticated over the years. The only problem with LBA is simply getting there. Bus services to and from Leeds and Bradford are useless because of delays due to the traffic snarl-ups. Taxis are way too expensive and the 'drop-off' charges at the airport are disgusting. A rail link is needed from Horsforth for a direct service to and from Leeds and from Guiseley for a direct service from Bradfod. How people arriving into Bradford from the west (interchange) are going to get across to Forster Square, needs sorting out as well ! As per usual, there is no joined-up thinking from the transport authorities. mad matt
  • Score: 9

12:15pm Wed 3 Sep 14

hortonite says...

I think this is marvellous for Bradford and will be a massive boost to the local economy, obviously American Jews are lining up to visit welcoming Bradi...
I think this is marvellous for Bradford and will be a massive boost to the local economy, obviously American Jews are lining up to visit welcoming Bradi... hortonite
  • Score: -3

2:42pm Wed 3 Sep 14

LeftLongAgo says...

Genius. Fly to New York by stopping at Dublin, when you can go to a proper Airport in Manchester and get to NY in 8 hours, with your luggage, on your flight with you and not at the mercy of a flight transfer. No Thanks. Fly direct or dont bother. (then again there could be some passenger list problems flying direct out of Bradford)
Genius. Fly to New York by stopping at Dublin, when you can go to a proper Airport in Manchester and get to NY in 8 hours, with your luggage, on your flight with you and not at the mercy of a flight transfer. No Thanks. Fly direct or dont bother. (then again there could be some passenger list problems flying direct out of Bradford) LeftLongAgo
  • Score: 0

2:28am Tue 16 Sep 14

Zurgrty says...

spearmint wino wrote:
9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker.
...and you'll then spend those 2hrs inching your way towards a Customs & Immigration officer in JFK / ORD.

US pre-clearance is quick & painless in DUB, meaning you disembark Stateside, collect your bags and stroll outta the airport in jig time.
[quote][p][bold]spearmint wino[/bold] wrote: 9 hours 55 mins Leeds to NY via Dublin, no quicker way? Manchester to NY direct 8 hours 5 mins, nearly 2 hours quicker.[/p][/quote]...and you'll then spend those 2hrs inching your way towards a Customs & Immigration officer in JFK / ORD. US pre-clearance is quick & painless in DUB, meaning you disembark Stateside, collect your bags and stroll outta the airport in jig time. Zurgrty
  • Score: 1

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