Flights finally restart from Leeds Bradford Airport

Passengers have flown from Leeds Bradford Airport for the first time in months after being halted in March as coronavirus lockdown restrictions stopped people travelling.

A stock Ryanair plane
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As part of the West Yorkshire airport's plans to start moving people again, a Ryanair flight took off yesterday.

More airlines are to join Ryanair in restarting flights from Leeds Bradford Airport, with Eastern Airways resuming next Monday, KLM on 4 July, Jet2 on 15 July and Aer Lingus in August.

Passengers will have to wear face coverings in the terminal at Yeadon, with social distancing guidelines being enforced, the airport said.

Ryanair to increase summer schedule by 40%

Mariam Issimdar

BBC News

Ryanair, which has its UK base at Stansted, has confirmed plans to ramp up flights to 40% of its normal schedule from 1 July.

Ryanair plane at Stansted Airport
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The airline said it will operate flights to "key holiday airports" in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus.

The firm said all passengers would have to wear facemasks in airports and on board as well as ask cabin crew for permission to use the toilet facilities to avoid queues.

Meanwhile, Luton-based EasyJet announced last week it will resume flights from 15 June, mainly within the UK and France, while British Airways is due to launch "a meaningful return to service in July".

The UK is to impose a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone arriving in the country from 8 June, but the rules will be reviewed every three weeks.

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