It’s winter, so why not fly from Yeadon to Russia or Iceland?

It’s winter, so why not fly from Yeadon to Russia or Iceland?

Iceland

Croatia

St Petersburg, Russia

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Yorkshire travellers are seeking out more unusual destinations when jetting off on holiday from Leeds Bradford Airport.

Russia, Morocco and Iceland have been added to Jet2.com schedules to meet the changing tastes of customers.

A spokeswoman for the airline said: “We’re finding Yorkshire travellers are wanting more unusual, culture-rich destinations, which is why we launched our Discovery Weekends to St Petersburg, Marrakech and Reykjavik in Iceland – these are proving very popular.”

She added: “City breaks are continuing to grow in demand, with ten per cent more people planning a trip in 2013.”

The airline looked at booking data and surveyed 1,000 consumers about their holiday plans for 2013 to produce its annual What’s Hot report.

Its research shows that Spain and the Balearic Islands are still the most popular destinations with Yorkshire travellers and that Croatia is continuing to grow in popularity.

Croatia’s neighbour, Montenegro, is a new destination for 2013 Greece remains a popular destination with the Greek islands of Zante, Crete and Rhodes looking set to be firm favourites for 2013.

Leeds-Bradford Airport itself has enjoyed a bumper festive season with 65,000 passengers flying out from the area over the Christmas and New Year break.

The figures, which are four per cent up on last year, were recorded over the two to three week festive period from December 20 to January 7.

The airport, which officially launched its new terminal extension in December, says the top destinations over the New Year are Amsterdam, Tenerife and Krakow.

Tony Hallwood, Leeds Bradford’s Commercial Director, said: “British Airways’ new link to London Heathrow from Leeds-Bradford means passengers are now able to fly worldwide to visit friends and families abroad or take a long-haul vacation to America, Australasia or Asia over the festive period. It has made worldwide destinations so much easier to reach.”

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