LOW-COST airline Ryanair is to base a third aircraft at Leeds Bradford Airport from summer 2012 – adding six new routes to the 20 already operating there.
The move is expected to create up to 100 jobs for the airline, the airport and support services and attract an additional 900,000 passengers a year.
The new routes will be to Chania in Crete, Corfu, Dinard, Kos, Milan and Tenerife. Ryanair will also extend its popular Kaunas and Riga routes to its summer 2012 schedule.
Airport director Tony Hallwood said the introduction of a third plane was a major coup against an industry background of declining passenger numbers and underlined the airport’s status as the fastest-growing airport in the UK.
He said: “We have a great working relationship with Ryanair, which recognises the Leeds City Region, including Huddersfield, as the largest metropolitan regional outside London with a population of 3m and huge untapped potential.
“Ryanair has committed itself to West Yorkshire. The airline is also very successful at marketing Yorkshire overseas. so we will be working with them and the tourist body Welcome to Yorkshire to drive a greater number of inbound passengers.”