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New air route to WW1 battlefield

Crosses mark the graves of unknown soldiers killed in the Battle of Somme
The new route will fly twice-weekly

A new air route which will enable people to visit the site of a World War I battlefield is to operate from Leeds Bradford Airport.

From spring, Budget airline Jet2 will start flights between Leeds and Albert-Picardie in France, close to the Somme battlefield.

The service will run twice weekly between April and June.

Ian Doubtfire, Jet2 managing director, said battlefield breaks were becoming popular within the tourism industry.

He said: "This is a really exciting destination for us and we are proud to offer the the first direct scheduled flights to Albert from the UK.

"Battlefield breaks are becoming tremendously popular within the tourism industry and we anticipate the vast majority of passengers flying to Albert will be travelling there to see the sights and experience the history of key events during World War I."

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