Leeds Bradford International Airport is a public airport situated at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire, England, six nautical miles (11 kilometres; 6.9 miles) northwest of Leeds city centre. It serves the cities of Leeds and Bradford, and also the wider Yorkshire region including the cities of York and Wakefield. It is the largest airport within Yorkshire. The airport was opened in October 1931, initially known as Yeadon Aerodrome and was in public ownership until May 2007, until it was sold to Bridgepoint Capital for £145.5 million. It is currently operated by Leeds Bradford International Airport Limited. In 2014, Leeds Bradford International Airport served 3,274,474 passengers and operated 42,989 aircraft movements. The airport has one concrete runway directed 14/32, which has a length of 2,250 metres or 7,382 feet long.
Where to go
The largest city in West Yorkshire County is Leeds. It is popular for shopping, nightlife, universities, and sports. It boasts Georgian, Victorian, 20th- and 21st-century architecture and several museums, cafés, restaurants, and theatres. Some of the fantastic places worth seeing in Leeds include Millennium Square, which is home to a number of beautiful gorgeous civic architecture, concerts, exhibitions, ice rinks, and Christmas markets; St Anne's Cathedral, a 19th-century Catholic Cathedral; St John's Church, which has beautiful ornate woodwork and gorgeous interior; Town Hall in The Headrow, one of the finest Victorian buildings in the world; Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute, which displays modern and classical art; and entertainment and shopping places like Victoria Quarter including County Arcade, Trinity Leeds, Kirkgate Market, and Corn Exchange.
About three hours from Leeds Bradford International Airport is the city of Rome, the capital and largest city of Italy, with its historic centre designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, and is the city of the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City, and Three Coins in the Fountain. It is home to majestic palaces, age-old churches, grand ruins, massive and ornate statues, beautiful fountains, and not to mention, a gorgeous medley of arts, history, and culture that is very much evident in the city’s atmosphere. When in Rome, do not miss out on the opportunity to check out the ruins of ancient Rome, which is in Rome/Colosseo, on either side of via dei Fori Imperiali that connects the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia. See the well-preserved Pantheon in Old Rome. There’s also the Baths of Caracalla (Aventino-Testaccio), Flavian Palace, Castel Sant'Angelo, the Baths of Diocletian, and the National Museum of Rome. Rome is home to about a thousand churches, most famous of which include St. Peter’s, St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni, San Lorenzo fuori le mura, Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, and the Sanctuary of Divino Amore. Some of the museums worth visiting are Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Capitoline Museums, and Galleria d'Arte Antica, among others.
Unfortunately, Leeds Bradford International Airport does not currently offer long haul flights. In order to get to far-flung destinations from Leeds, it is best to book a connecting flight through larger, major airports that offer flights to more destinations around the world.
How to get out
Leeds Bradford International Airport offers scheduled passenger flights to numerous destinations via several airlines such as Aer Lingus Regional operated by Stobart Air, Austrian Airlines, BH Air, British Airways, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2.com, Monarch Airlines, KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper, Ryanair, and Thomson Airways.
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