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Yeadon airline is poised to bring 200 new jobs
8:42am Thursday 10th January 2013 in News
An airline’s expansion plans could see up to 200 new jobs in the Leeds Bradford area.
Monarch Airline, which launched flights to Grenoble and Munich from Leeds Bradford Airport at Yeadon in December, is planning to establish the airport as its sixth base in March.
The airline sees West Yorkshire as an important part of its expansion plans to develop its scheduled network and offer improved regional flying.
And it says its plan has the potential to create around 200 jobs in the area.
It believes the launch of Leeds Bradford as a new base will strengthen its operations in the north of England and will provide a gateway to bring more European tourists into West Yorkshire.
Monarch says the launch of Leeds Bradford as a new base is part of a multi-million pound investment. In November it issued invitations to the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers to re-equip its fleet.
The airline says the newly launched flights to Grenoble and Munich from Leeds Bradford are proving popular. And it is promising a greater choice of destinations from March.
Monarch launched its inaugural flights to Munich from Yeadon on December 14. The first flight to Grenoble took off a day later.
The airline’s managing director Kevin George said: “Our flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Grenoble and Munich have been operating for just over two weeks and we are delighted they are proving a popular choice for those wanting a winter break or skiing holiday from their local airport. “We are looking forward to providing Yorkshire passengers with a much greater choice of destinations when we establish Leeds Bradford as our sixth UK base in March and start our summer scheduled operation to 12 new destinations across Spain, Germany, Portugal Turkey, Italy and Cyprus.”
The airline says its passenger numbers increased by 32 per cent in November 2012 compared to the same month in 2011.