Arriva runs Optare Versas on Yorkshire Tigers’ Leeds Bradford Airport route

Arriva-owned Yorkshire Tiger launched its five new Optare Versas on route 757 between Leeds and the airport on 25 April, celebrating a 750,000 investment.

Route 757 runs daily from Leeds bus and rail stations, up to every 20 minutes.

The striking new ‘Flying Tiger’ buses were unveiled outside Leeds Bradford Airport, welcomed by staff wearing aviator sunglasses and pilot-style hats..

The service has luxury E-Leather seats, as well as free Wi-Fi and bespoke spacious luggage racks, with a special area for skis.

The new buses also have audio and visual next-stop announcements, making travel easier for all. The orange-based Yorkshire Tiger livery has been swapped for blue for the route, with the Tiger logo modified with the addition of a pilot-style hat.

At the launch Cllr James Lewis, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, said: “I am pleased to see this investment by Yorkshire Tiger in improving transport links to Leeds Bradford International Airport, and I am also glad that these high-quality buses have been built by Optare, which helps support jobs in the local economy.”

Added Yorkshire Tiger Business Director Martijn Gilbert: “We’re confident that travellers will be really pleased with the new enhanced service. It’s a really exciting time and we are proud to be playing an important part in making sure that passengers start and end their journey with a great, positive experience.”

Tony Hallwood, Aviation Development & Marketing Director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “We are pleased that Yorkshire Tiger are investing in their services to Leeds Bradford, offering passengers arriving at the airport by bus an improved start to their journey alongside benefiting from an enhanced schedule.”

To celebrate national Catch the Bus Week (this week), Yorkshire Tiger is offering all staff working at Leeds Bradford Airport a chance to sample the service for free on Friday.