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Thursday 10th of September 2015
Leeds Bradford and Heathrow airports are forging closer ties in support of a third runway at the London hub, which they say would bring wealth and jobs to Yorkshire.
At a dinner at the House of Commons for eight local MPs, Heathrow laid out plans to bring Yorkshire businesses in on the development of the third runway. This follows strong involvement in the building of Terminal 5 and redevelopment of Terminal 2, with most of the steel being sourced from Yorkshire.
Heathrow has picked Yorkshire to improve connectivity with the rest of Britain. It will hold a supply chain conference in Leeds, on October 15th, to highlight how local businesses can get involved with its plans for the future.
Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Leeds Bradford International Airport, said: “This conference will give local businesses the chance to understand what Heathrow has to say. Yorkshire can secure some of the supply chain benefits.”
The House of Commons dinner was a chance for Heathrow and Leeds Bradford Airport to raise their profile with regional MPs and show how the two can deliver new jobs in Yorkshire.
At the moment British Airways has three flights a day between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow. Flights take off from Yorkshire at 9.30am, 2.30pm and 9pm, but Leeds Bradford is looking to improve the scheduling to offer an early morning (around 7am) flight to offer Yorkshire travellers better connections.
Some 300,000 passengers have flown between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow over the past three years since the BA service started up.