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Airport passenger numbers soar

Airport passenger numbers soar

Published at 6:21pm 18th September 2015. (Updated at 6:25pm 18th September 2015)

Leeds Bradford Airport has recorded its busiest ever August.

For the first time in its history, over 100,000 passengers passed through each week.

Bosses say the introduction of new business and leisure services and an increase in frequency on domestic routes have helped to improve figures.

Leeds Bradford now serves 60 destinations, flying to over 20 countries with 10 major airlines.

Chief Executive John Parkin said: "Leeds Bradford has delivered strong passenger growth over the first half of 2015, as more passengers decide to fly close from home or their business, saving on their journey time.

"With an increase in destination choice, more passengers can now fly conveniently from LBA and we continue to make progress in delivering a wider choice of airlines.

"We would also like to thank all of our customers who flew from the airport. We are also very proud of our role as a travel gateway to the region, alongside supporting more jobs and delivering improved access to the Northern Powerhouse."

Mr Parkin and Aviation Development Director Tony Hallwood are hoping to attract more airlines to Yorkshire when they visit an industry conference in South Africa.