Latest Transport in Leeds Stories

2008-08-04 12:01:01

Chief executive John Parkin, left, and Tony Hallwood, commercial and aviation development director, lend a hand as work gets under way on the first phase of a major scheme to improve Leeds Bradford International Airport. The management team installed by new owner Bridgepoint Capital private equity group has promised to spend Pounds 70m on delivering a "premier league" airport. The owners hope to drive up passenger numbers from three million to five million a year by 2013 and increase the...

2008-07-13 00:00:16

THERE are no overhead lockers or mod cons and the air hostess had no snacks to serve but the customers were queueing up yesterday hoping to take a flight that would have seen them make a bit of history. Dakota DC-3 aircraft were used by the first scheduled airline to operate from the old Yeadon Aerodrome back in 1955 and this week customers were back at the airport for the chance to fly on one for the last time. New European regulations mean it will soon be impossible for Dakotas to...

2008-07-02 00:00:19

Leeds Bradford International Airport has revealed ambitious plans to introduce new medium and long-haul routes and expand passenger numbers. Bridgepoint Capital, the private equity firm which bought the airport for Pounds 145.5m a year ago, has promised to spend Pounds 70m to improve the experience of passengers and help boost business and tourism in the region. Tony Hallwood, the airport's new commercial and aviation development director, said plans to enhance the terminal would be made...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'