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Good little airport
Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)
Member Name: hcafclaura
Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA)
Advantages: Good facilities and public transport
Disadvantages: Difficult to get to by road
Leeds Bradford is situated on the outskirts of Leeds, and is a fairly small airport compared to the relatively close Manchester Airport. However, compared to my local airport, Humberside, this place is huge.
You can fly to a huge amount of destinations from Leeds Bradford airport. These destinations include Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, Dubrovnik in Croatia and Islamabad, Pakistan. You can also fly to many UK destinations including Aberdeen and Southampton.
Many of the budget airlines now run flights from the airport, including FlyBe and Ryanair.
In 2008 my boyfriend and I won a pair of return flights each with Jet2. We chose our destination, and the nearest airport we could fly from was Leeds Bradford. Neither of us had ever flown from the airport, so this was going to be something new.
We always tend to get a train to the airport, as I am a big scaredy cat and don't do driving on motorways. As our flight was an early morning one, we decided on booking a night in a nearby hotel and travelling down the day before.
We booked train tickets from Hull to Leeds for something ridiculous like £5 each. As previously mentioned, the airport isn't in Leeds itself, so we then had to get to the hotel, which was located just opposite the airport. This was easy, as there was a bus which ran from just outside Leeds train station directly to the airport. This cost just a couple of pounds each and took around 40 minutes in rush hour traffic.
We got off at the airport and it was just a five minute walk to our hotel for the night. We stayed at Leeds Bradford Travelodge, and paid £19 for the room.
We were told in the booking confirmation that Jet2 check-in opened two hours before departure, so made sure we were in check in for this time.
Been a small airport, check-in was very easy to find. To our surprise check-in was already open on arrival. We were swiftly check-in by a very pleasant lady and were given our boarding cards.
There are a few choices of places to eat and drink, though nothing like what you get in the bigger airports. However compared to Humberside where there is one cafe in departures and that's your lot, we were impressed.
Here is a list of facilities available:
Cafe Ritazza (Arrivals)
Yates' Bar (Before Security)
Burger King (First floor departures)
Food Villages (Depatures after passport control)
Danby Bar (Depatures after passport control)
Cafe Bar (Depatures after passport control)
My boyfriend and I began our week of indulgence with a full English breakfast at the food village. I believe it was around £7, which is what we expected. The food was lovely, and service was fast.
There are a few shops in the airport, none of which really interested me but I will list them all the same:
Alpha Airport Shopping
I liked that there was a Smiths and Superdrug. These are always handy for getting snacks or drinks for the flight and are usually pretty reasonably priced. However the choice of shops was pretty disappointing compared to airport such as Manchester, but you have to remember this airport is minute in comparison.
I was impressed with Leeds Bradford airport. It was easy to get to using public transport, check in was swift and the facilities at the airport were great. There was plenty of seating, and there was always somebody around to assist you should you require help.
Oh, and during my visit there was a few computers around which could be used to access the internet at a charge. This was great and a good way to waste the time away when waiting to depart.
Our flight left on time, and we arrived back into the country on time too.
The only thing that puts me off using the airport, is the nightmare family had getting there when coming to pick us up. They said it was a really hard airport to get to. This said, I would probably just used public transport if I was to use the airport again as this was really easy and cheap to do.
Summary: Good alternative to Manchester
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