Leeds/Bradford Airport

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Leeds Bradford International Airport is located at Yeadon, in the City of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, some six miles north west of Leeds city centre itself.

The airport was opened in October 1931 as Yeadon Aerodrome. It serves the cities of Leeds & Bradford, as well as the wider Yorkshire region including the cities of York & Wakefield, & is the largest airport within Yorkshire. The airport was in public ownership until May 2007, when it was sold for £145.5 million to Bridgepoint Capital.

Leeds/Bradford Airport has no less than thirteen different airlines operating to thirty different countries around the world. From December 2012, the airport will see the return of direct flights to London/Heathrow, with British Airways, after an absence of several years, following BMI’s decision to pull off the route in March 2009. Up to four flights a day will be operated by Airbus A319 equipment.

Spotting Notes

We have received a report from local spotter, Paul Oxtoby, who has provided us with the following information about the best places to spot from, at the airport. Click here to view these places on a map.

1. The Terminal ….. Good for food , but very limited views. However, it is the only location you can see across to the ” South Side ” i.e. Jet2 Hangar & Biz Jet area.

2. The Cemetery ….. I think this is the best area & where I tend to visit most to spot from. There are views if landing/departing from Runway 14.

3. The Tunnel ……. Basically a bench near the fencing !

4. Aero Club ……… Pay & Display area at the Yorkshire Light Aero Club. It’s not great for photos because of the fencing, but good views across to the terminal aprons, nevertheless.

5. Plane Tree Hill .. Unless you have a 4×4 , or a car which you don’t really care if you damage the suspension on, although popular with other motorists, it is one I avoid taking the car to. Good views to terminal, although the runway is slightly obscured by the Jet2 hangar now.

6. The Pan ………. Reached walking from Plane Tree Hill , it’s quite a long walk. Only used it once, good pictures can be had, but take your “wellies” if it has been raining (99% of the time up here) it gets very boggy & muddy.