An extra 1,700 seats per month will be available for people flying between Leeds Bradford Airport and Dublin.
The 20 per cent increase in seat capacity will begin on October 28 and will see up to three daily flights on Monday, Friday and Sunday, operated by Stobart Air. Stobart Air will operate ATR 72-600 aircraft to service the flights between Leeds and Dublin.
Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director at Stobart Air, said: “Stobart Air continuously strives to meet passenger demand across our route network. We closely monitor trends and prepare for busy seasonal periods which enables us to consistently deliver an efficient, reliable service. The additional seats will ensure flexibility for our passengers, providing business and leisure customers with a wider choice.”
John Cunliffe, Aviation & Commercial Director at Leeds Bradford Airport, added: “We’re delighted to add additional capacity from Leeds to Dublin from Winter 2019, and I am sure this additional capacity will prove popular for business customers. In particular, the new mid-afternoon flight facilitates onward connections with Aer Lingus transatlantic flights, with reduced transfer times and greater choice of connections available. The investment of additional capacity by Stobart Air on the route further confirms the economic significance of the Leeds City Region, the largest economy in the UK outside of London. At Leeds Bradford Airport, we offer passenger routes to over 70 direct destinations, with onward connections to all corners of the globe and I am delighted to be working with Stobart Air to support the development both of Leeds Bradford and the wider region”.
Welcoming the news on Twitter, Jake Berry, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse said: “Great to see one of our official Northern Powerhouse partners, Leeds Bradford Airport, increasing its international reach with more AerLingus flights than ever before – from the Northern Powerhouse to Dublin and beyond!”