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More flights from Leeds Bradford announced

More flights from Leeds Bradford announced

Published at 6:02pm 15th April 2016. (Updated at 1:40pm 18th April 2016)

A new air link between Yorkshire and Cornwall is going to be launched in October.

Flybe will start a new year-round service from Leeds Bradford Airport to Newquay, which will operate three times a week.

It's the fourth and final Flybe route to be announced under the Government's Regional Air Connectivity Fund and fills a gap left after Air Southwest stopped flights several years ago.

Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: "It is great to see Flybe launch this new service between Leeds Bradford and Newquay.

"This will make a real difference to the local economies and unlock new tourism and business opportunities for Yorkshire and Cornwall, cutting out the long car and train journeys and putting the two regions within easy reach for holidaymakers.

"By backing new regional air routes, the Government is driving investment and growth across the country and supporting these important local aviation hubs and I personally am looking forward to using this service myself."

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport's Aviation Development Director, added: "Leeds Bradford Airport welcomes the introduction of Flybe services to Newquay linking the Leeds City Region with Cornwall.

"With a flying time of just over an hour, quick and easy access by air will provide a fast and relaxing way avoiding lengthy car and rail journeys to the South West. This route will significantly reduce journey times for both business and leisure travellers and we welcome the support provided by the Government through the recently approved Regional Air Connectivity Fund."

Meanwhile, Thomas Cook has announced that it's going to start services from Leeds Bradford to Faro, Naples, Mahon, Tenerife, Larnaca and Alicante with Monarch in summer 2017, as well as operating flights to Palma with Evelop Airlines.

James Burrows, Thomas Cook's Aviation Director, said: "One of the things that makes Thomas Cook holidays stand out for customers is to be able to access our quality holidays from as many departure points in the UK as possible.

"We've teamed up again with Monarch to launch a regional programme from Leeds Bradford Airport, which has allowed us to open up a set of really exciting new routes."