Major changes are taking place at Leeds Bradford Airport. Andy Martin heads to Yorkshire to find out what its new chief executive officer, and the new owners, have in mind.
Leeds is the third most populous city in the UK, while the wider metropolitan county of West Yorkshire that surrounds it – which includes Bradford – is placed fourth in the population tables. The region is thriving, and has become the country’s largest financial centre outside of London. It is well connected to the capital via a frequent rail service, with the fastest trains taking a little over two hours. Driving 189 miles (304km) of M1 motorway between the two can be accomplished in around three hours, although it often takes much longer.