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02/04/2014

News Release - Issued by Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport Celebrates new Flights to Copenhagen

New Scandinavian Airlines direct service starts

Customers checked in for Scandinavian Airline’s new direct flight to Copenhagen yesterday as Leeds Bradford Airport celebrated the start of the new twice weekly service. With a flight time of just one hour 40 minutes, prices start from just £66 one way or £119 return, including all taxes and charges. The new flights are expected to primarily attract the leisure traveler who can enjoy a weekend break, but also those passengers wishing to stay the working week in Scandinavia, with the Monday and Friday direct services between Leeds Bradford and Copenhagen.

Celebrations for the inaugural flight departing Leeds Bradford included a water cannon salute. Leeds Bradford Airport also handed two complimentary tickets to Leeds University students, Harriet Trayling & Joanna Mawdsley, helping them to travel to Copenhagen on the inaugural flight as part of their charity ‘Jailbreak’ escape.

Leeds Bradford – Copenhagen:

Twice weekly service – Monday & Friday

Flight time just 1 hour 40 minutes

Prices start from £66 one-way, or £119 return, including all taxes and charges

Monday Leeds Bradford-Copenhagen: Departs 17:20 arrives 20:00

Copenhagen-Leeds Bradford: Departs 16:00 arrives 16:50

Friday Leeds Bradford-Copenhagen: Departs 20:20 arrives 23:00

Copenhagen-Leeds Bradford: Departs 19:00 arrives 19:50

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport's Aviation Development and Marketing Director, commented: “Leeds Bradford Airport is delighted to welcome new airline SAS, linking Copenhagen, Denmark's capital, with Leeds, the UK's third largest city and located only 40 minutes away from York, the major tourism centre in Yorkshire.

“Regional businesses and tourism partners will also be pleased that this new direct service will offer a range of onward connections across Scandinavia to Sweden, Norway, Finland and Eastern Europe.”

Hans Dyhrfort, SAS’ Regional General Manager Western Europe, commented: “With almost three million people living within easy reach of the airport, Leeds Bradford and the Yorkshire region is an important hub of development for SAS. With York having established itself as the ‘Viking’ capital of the UK and the Yorkshire area having already strong cultural connections with Scandinavia, this is the perfect time to also strengthen business and commercial links between Leeds and Scandinavia.

“By launching this new direct route to Copenhagen, we are pleased to offer passengers the choice and flexibility to fly direct from Leeds Bradford to Copenhagen and onwards to many other destinations in Scandinavia and beyond.”

The new flight will offer Scandinavian Airlines’ two class system that operates on all its flights within Europe. SAS Go offers great rates including a checked bag at no extra charge, newspapers, tea and coffee on board and several services to save time, including mobile check-in and seat selection. SAS Plus offers additional premium benefits including complimentary lounges, FastTrack check-in, complimentary food and drink, an additional piece of 23kg checked luggage and fully flexible tickets.

To book or for more information visit www.flysas.co.uk or call 0871 226 7760

To find out more about Leeds Bradford Airport visit www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk

ENDS


For further information please contact:

Faye Oakey, LBA Press Office, 07850 703599 / 0113 391 3209 / faye.oakey@lbia.co.uk

Susie Aust, SAS Press Office: 07737 038508 / susieaust@hotmail.co.uk

About Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford is the fastest growing top 20 airport in the UK. In 2013 3.3million passengers flew to over 70 destinations with 11 major airlines, serving 24 countries worldwide. An £11 million terminal development was completed in 2012.

Leeds Bradford International Airport serves Yorkshire, the largest county in England with a population of over 5 million. The airport is located only 8 miles from Leeds the 3rd largest city in the UK.

Recent Awards

Winner of AOA 2013 Best Airport Award - under 6m passengers

Winner of Travel Bulletin Star UK Airport Award 2013

Winner of Best UK Airport - Travel Weekly Globe Awards 2014