Leeds Bradford Airport loses BA link

British Airways is suspending its flights to Leeds Bradford Airport from Heathrow.

The airline confirmed the move today, adding it was contacting customers to discuss alternative arrangements.

A statement released by the airline said: “We are sorry to suspend our flights to Leeds Bradford after many years.”

The announcement will be a blow for the regional airport which  earlier this year announced plans to invest in a new airport terminal and sought planning permission earlier this month.

However concerns over the future of the route, which has operated for around seven years,  have been mooted since the  airline making the decision  to reduce its schedule in 2018

The airline’s statement added:”We regularly evaluate our routes based on where our customers tell us they want to travel.

“We remain committed to connecting businesses, families and friends right across our UK network.”

A spokesperson for Leeds Bradford Airport said: ““We are disappointed that BA has taken the decision to cease its route between LBA and Heathrow. Domestic and international connectivity remains critical to support business and the region’s economy and we hope to welcome BA back in the future.”

Heathrow airport when approached for a comment, took the opportunity to urge Government to provide an exit plan from quarantine and protect the sector’s future after it was “impacted so hard by Covid-19.”

The spokesperson for Heathrow added: “Until airlines and airports have some degree of certainty, they will be forced to make more difficult decisions which will impact businesses and livelihoods in all corners of the country, reliant on access to international trading routes and supply lines reliant on air travel. The Government must take steps to provide a swift exit plan from quarantine in order to protect the sector’s future that will be critical to the economic recovery of this country.”