Leeds Bradford International Airport serves Leeds, one of the largest cities of West Yorkshire (a county of England). Operational from 1931, Leeds Bradford International has since undergone numerous expansion works to become one of the busiest airports in England today, handling more than 3 million passengers annually. It is, interestingly, also considered the highest airport in the country, due to the fact that it is elevated at a height of 681 feet above sea level. Leeds Bradford International Airport is the hub of Monarch Airlines and Ryanair, and offers flights to dozens of domestic and international destinations worldwide.
Despite its impressive handling capacity, Leeds Bradford International Airport is a single-terminal air transport hub, and all domestic and international arrivals and departures are handled in the same building. According to the airport’s Master Plan, though, further expansion works and upgrades can be expected for Leeds Bradford International Airport in the next 10 years (as of August 2015).
Leeds Bradford International Airport is located less than 15 kilometres from the city of Leeds, making the commute from airport to city an easy one. Travellers can board the Flyer Tiger Bus direct from outside the airport terminal; this bus heads towards Leed’s major transportation hubs like Leeds Bus Station, Leeds Railway Station, Harrogate Train Station as well as both Leeds’ and Bradford’s city centres. A one-way ticket for a bus ride into town costs less than £10. Otherwise, taxis can readily be booked at the airport terminal too; simply head to the Arrow Car office, book a cab to your destination and pre-pay for the ride (this would set you back about £15.00 - £20.00).
For those who’d prefer to helm their own vehicle, car hire agencies are available direct at the airport terminal itself too.
What to see and do
When in Leeds, retail therapy is the name of the game – the city holds more than 1,000 retail stores situated on over 2 million square feet of shopping space, and serves the shopping needs of the entire Yorkshire region. Shop in style at the city’s many historic arcades and high-end shopping streets – start by browsing through beautiful clothes and shoes under the majestic domed roof at the Victoria Quarter, where you’d find top-of-the-line brands like Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood, Mulberry and more. Follow that up with a trip to the Grand Arcade - the oldest shopping arcade of Leeds which looks more like a museum than a mall – the amusingly-named Leeds Corn Exchange (again a shopping centre, not a barter bazaar) and finish the sinful but satisfying day off with a jaunt at Trinity Leeds, the city’s latest addition to the shopping mall cacophony.
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