British Airways is halving the number of flights to Leeds Bradford Airport from 20 per week to just 10 from the end of February.
The airline has said that this is down to “matching flights to demand”. It does make a bit of a mockery of Heathrow’s promises to increase the number of domestic flights to the airport, although this is more of a political game as the third runway will never get built if it cannot be sold as a project to benefit the whole of the UK.
The route attracted 165,000 passengers in 2016 and was up 1.6% for the first 11 months of 2017. This implies around 80 passengers per flight although, of course, yield is more important than volume.
Leeds Bradford to Heathrow had historically been a successful bmi British Midland route until rail improvements led to the service being axed in 2009. British Airways revived it in 2012. With only flight per day for four days of the week, it is difficult to see it surviving much longer.
You can find out more in this Yorkshire Post article.
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