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Leeds Bradford Airport: Flybe axes London Gatwick service

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Image caption Flybe said Gatwick's decision to raise landing fees would hit the Yorkshire region hard

Leeds Bradford Airport is to be left without flights to London after Flybe announced it was to axe its Gatwick service at the end of the month.

The airline said it had been forced to pull out because of increased landing fees for regional airlines at Gatwick.

"Their decision... will hit hard the regions of Yorkshire and the Humber who rely on air links to the capital," a Flybe spokesman said.

Leeds Bradford Airport said it was seeking to replace the London service.

Flybe's three flights a day service will cease on 31 March.

Flybe said: "The suspension of this route is a direct consequence of the policies being implemented by Gatwick to limit the number of smaller, regional aircraft landing at their airport.

"Their decision to raise substantially the landing fees for regional aircraft, while implementing significantly smaller rises for larger, more polluting and noisier long-haul aircraft will hit hard the regions of Yorkshire and the Humber who rely on air links to the capital."

It said more than 50,000 passengers flew from Leeds Bradford to London Gatwick with Flybe in 2010.

"They have now been deprived of a link to the capital because of the charging regime being adopted by Gatwick's new owners," Flybe added.

Nobody from Gatwick was available for comment on Tuesday night.

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