Leeds-Bradford named best airport by UK airlines

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has been awarded best airport with up to six million passengers at the annual Airport Operators Association (AOA) awards ceremony in London last week, the Telegraph and Argus has reported.

The AOA awards recognise excellence within the travel industry, and votes are cast by UK airlines through the British Air Transport Association (BATA), the UK airlines trade association.

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford Airport’s aviation development & marketing director, said, ‘I am delighted that Leeds Bradford Airport has been recognised as best in the UK in its category. This is a fantastic achievement for the airport team, which demonstrates the success of Leeds Bradford following the completion of the £11 million terminal development last year and the subsequent growth in passenger numbers.

‘We remain dedicated to further improve and expand services available from Leeds Bradford following the introduction of British Airways and Monarch Airlines alongside the growth of Jet2.com. We look forward to introducing new airline partners and routes in 2014.

‘We are particularly pleased to have been awarded this accolade through votes cast by airlines; this affirms Leeds Bradford as Yorkshire’s airport of choice for airlines and their passengers.’

AOA chairman, Ed Anderson, said: ‘I congratulate Leeds Bradford Airport on being chosen by airline members of the British Air Transport Association as the winner of this coveted award.’

Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) was originally Yeadon Aerodrome, which began operating in October 1931 with club flying and training flights being its predominant activities. Today, the Aviation Academy is located in a hangar at LBA. The Academy, in conjunction with the University of Leeds and University of Bradford, trains and prepares students to work in the Aviation Industry.