Tom Keighley

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200 jobs for Leeds Bradford following Monarch base

200 jobs are set to be created at Leeds Bradford airport as airline Monarch announce the launch of a sixth UK base.

The Leeds Bradford base will service twelve new routes, strengthening Monarch’s operations in the North of England.

The multi-million pound investment will see two A320 aircraft based at the airport, with flights to the likes of Turkey, Italy, Cyprus, Palma and Portugal.

Managing director of Monarch Airlines, Kevin George, said: “The strategy for Monarch Airlines is now firmly focused on its scheduled services and we are delighted to add Leeds Bradford as our sixth UK base.

“The addition of thirteen routes further strengthens our already extensive network of leisure destinations across Europe from many of the major gateways in the UK.

“Monarch’s operations continue to grow from strength to strength and we have expanded our operations based on demand; offering passengers choice, value and great customer service.

“The launch of Leeds Bradford as a base for the airline has the potential to create around 200 jobs within the local area and will provide a gateway for inbound tourism with an estimated 20,000 EU passengers travelling from Europe to West Yorkshire.”

John Parkin, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “We are pleased to welcome a Monarch base at Leeds Bradford Airport for Summer 2013.

“Monarch’s extensive route network will deliver increased destination choice for leisure travellers flying to and from Yorkshire.

“This investment provides significant benefits to the local economy alongside bringing new jobs to the region. It is tremendous news for the Leeds City Region and we look forward to a successful relationship with Monarch.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Tom Keighley .

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