British Airways returns to Leeds Bradford after over three decades; adds short-haul services to Rotterdam and Zagreb

Zagreb welcomed British Airways with wintry landscapes, but the launch ceremony showcased truly festive colours. Cutting the cake to the tune of traditional Christmas carols were David Slinn, British Ambassador to Croatia; Miroslav Drljača, Zagreb Airport’s CEO; Katja Selle, BA’s Commercial Manager Central Europe; and Ivan Grdešić, Croatian Ambassador to the UK.

British Airways received the obligatory celebratory water-arch for the launch of its 27-weekly A319 connection from London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford Airport on 10 December. Assisting the ceremony were British Airways’ Capt. James Rowlands; Leeds Bradford Airport’s CEO, John Parkin; Olympic Gold medallist, Luke Campbell; British Airways’ Operations Director, Andy Lord; and the airport’s Commercial Director, Tony Hallwood. The latter commented on the success: “This is the culmination of three years hard work. We expect an extra 200k passengers per annum and increased connectivity to the Indian Sub-Continent and the US through this new link.”

British Airways returns to Leeds Bradfort after over three decades; adds short-haul services to Rotterdam and Zagreb

The maiden arrival of British Airways' thrice-daily service from London Heathrow to Rotterdam was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute.

  • British Airways, which resumed flights from London to Seoul the previous week, added one domestic and two European routes to its network from London Heathrow (LHR) on 9 December. Leeds Bradford (LBA) returned to British Airways’ route map after three decades, and the carrier now serves it with 27 weekly frequencies; bmi previously operated the route until March 2009. James Keegan, British Airways’ Commercial Services Manager UK regions, said: “The well-timed four flights a day will offer our customers the chance to complete a full day’s business in the capital without the expense or inconvenience of an overnight stay.” On the same day, British Airways also added two new European routes to its Heathrow offering – thrice-daily flights to Rotterdam (RTM) in The Netherlands, as well as daily to Zagreb (ZAG) in Croatia, which will face competition from Croatia Airlines’ nine weekly departures. All three new routes were made possible as a result of slots being freed up by the purchase of bmi earlier this year by British Airways’ parent company, IAG.

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