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 and Joanna Mawdsley, helping them to travel to Copenhagen on the inaugural flight as part of their charity ‘Jailbreak’ escape.
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 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 find out more about Leeds Bradford Airport visit www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk