Travel provider Thomson Airways is to launch new service from Leeds Bradford airport.

The firm said via a press release issued on Monday that it would begin operating flights from Leeds to and from the popular Red Sea holiday destination of Sharm el Sheikh beginning 8 November. Additionally, it will expand capacity on its winter route to Tenerife starting 9 November.

Thomson Airways customer service director Carl Gissing said, “We are delighted to announce a new, exclusive route from Leeds Bradford airport to Sharm el Sheikh and an increase in the number of seats available for our existing Tenerife route. The flights will also tie into our fly cruise programmes from Sharm el Sheikh and Tenerife. Today’s announcements demonstrate our firm commitment to UK regional airports, such as Leeds Bradford, which offer easy access to faraway destinations for all our customers. We recognise there is a strong demand in the area for holidays to Sharm el Sheikh (and the Red Sea) and Tenerife which are all popular winter sun destinations for Thomson Airways customers”.

Similarly, Tony Hallwood, commercial director for Leeds Bradford airport, said, “We are pleased that Thomson Airways is now offering passengers from Leeds Bradford Airport even more choice to these two favourite holidays and fly cruise destinations. Sharm El Sheikh and the fabulous Red Sea resorts offer excellent value money for holidaymakers and a high standard of accommodation for both beach and family holidays”.