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Wuthering flights as the Brontës top a poll to rename Leeds Bradford airport

Written by
Rob Martin

Recently, in an attempt to boost tourism, Birmingham Airport renamed itself Shakespeare's Airport for the American market. It follows the example of the likes of Liverpool's John Lennon Airport, and travel company Holiday Extras too this as an excuse to ask 1000 locals who they thought the Leeds Bradford Airport should be named after.

Wallace and Gromit pipped playwright Alan Bennett and artist David Hockney to second place. The Wensleydale-loving cartoon characters were actually revealed to be the most popular choice for younger voters aged 18 -34, achieving nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of votes in this age group. Hockney was the favourite for those aged 65 plus. Other popular choices among a younger demographic include Bradford-born magician Dynamo, comedian Leigh Francis and a slightly scary appearance from former Spice Girl Mel B. Fellow musicians the Kaiser Chiefs maintained a loyal following among an older audience, aged 35 – 54.

But it was the Brontës who came out on top as the name most likely to get international travellers to visit the region.

There are no actual plans to rename the airport as yet, but what do you think? Do you agree with the top choice?

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