British Airways is celebrating four years at Leeds Bradford Airport today with news that more than half a million customers have flown to London and beyond from the heart of Yorkshire.

The three-a-day direct service to London Heathrow was launched on 9 December 2012, opening up the world to Yorkshire with connections to British Airways’ global network from its flagship Terminal 5 home.

In four years more than 500,000 leisure and business customers have flown with British Airways from Leeds Bradford Airport to many countries worldwide, but the most popular onward destination for Yorkshire travellers is the USA.  Other top destinations include Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

Simon Lea, British Airways’ airport manager Leeds Bradford Airport said: “We remain fully committed to Leeds Bradford Airport and the fact that we have reached this milestone figure in four years is due to the loyalty of our customers in Yorkshire who are benefiting from a direct air link to the capital, some excellent onward connections and great low fares.

“We work closely with the airport to ensure that we provide the high quality service our customers want and this year particularly we have concentrated on inbound customers and promoting Yorkshire as a destination for visitors from the south of England and even further afield.”

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development Director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “What a fabulous four years it has been with British Airways, connecting passengers worldwide through the prestigious hub of Heathrow Terminal 5. The fact that we have now carried more than 500,000 passengers is a fantastic milestone to celebrate and we look forward to continuing this successful and popular service.

“We are very proud to have British Airways as an airline partner here at LBA, this up to three times daily service is well used by business and leisure passengers from across our region. It also enables businesses to attract inward investment through the great connectivity offered.”