Spain's coastal jewel Barcelona just got three times closer…

Fans of Spain’s hippest city-by-the-sea will be happy to hear that Ryanair is launching a three-times weekly service to Girona Barcelona from Leeds Bradford Airport in just a matter of weeks.

The new route will serve the popular timeshare destination the Costa Brava in Spain and the first flight is scheduled to take off on April 1st 2014.

Passengers who wish to visit the regional Catalan capital of Barcelona will be able to visit the city by an hour’s car or train journey.

Flights will depart from Leeds Bradford Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will operate throughout the summer until the special flight season ends on October 25th.

The service will also allow independent travellers to access the Languedoc-Roussillon region across the border in nearby France.

Tony Hallwood Leeds Bradford’s aviation development and marketing director, said: “We welcome the introduction of Ryanair’s ninth destination in Spain and expect that it will be a popular route for our Yorkshire holidaymakers.

“We also look forward to welcoming Spanish visitors to Leeds over the summer period, alongside visiting the nearby historic city of York.”

Girona itself is a historic Catalan city whose picturesque old town of colourful, painted houses overlook the river Onyar.

The historic city walls are also a popular sight for visitors whilst there are a number of food and cultural festivals over the summer period.

The addition of Girona Barcelona will mean that Ryanair will serve a total 23 destinations from Leeds Bradford in summer 2014 flying to seven countries connecting Yorkshire with Europe.

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