Leeds Airport Gets First Transatlantic Flights

By: Sydney Cauldon-Low

While travellers used to have to catch transatlantic flights from Manchester Airport, Jet2 are making it easier than ever for business travellers and tourists in Yorkshire to take a bite of the Big Apple.

Jet2, which is based in Leeds, has announced details of their plans to launch Leeds-Bradford Airport’s first ever transatlantic service. Richard Bodin, Managing Director of Jet2holidays.com, said that they were “proud and thrilled” to be launching the route to New York’s Newark Airport. He said: “This is an important announcement for us. We knew this destination was one that our customers have been calling for and we are proud and thrilled to be able to be the first holiday company in the region to offer this great deal to such an amazing city.”

Jet2 revealed that they would be offering the return flights to New York from just ?579.98, which includes taxes. They also unveiled their plans to offer special Christmas shopping breaks in the Big Apple, which can be taken during November and December this year. Costing from just ?699, these four-day breaks will include three nights in a hotel and travellers will be able to choose from a range of three, four and five-star properties. In addition to this, the fee also includes all taxes and charges.

Mr Bodin said that a Christmas shopping break was the ideal way to experience New York for the first time. He said: “We are launching with Christmas shopping breaks as our research suggested this was the one thing most people tend to recommend to friends as a must-do first experience, and something they tend to repeat.”

Although Mr Bodin said that the company will be begin by offering a handful of daily flights to New York, it is expected that more will added if the route is successful. He said: “We are launching, initially, with four departures - however, if these are successful and in high enough demand we will add more to the programme.”

Tickets for this exciting new route are already on sale and are expected to sell out quickly, so travellers are advised book early in order to avoid disappointment.

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