Regional airline Flybe has launched new flights to London Gatwick from Leeds Bradford.
The decision to introduce the route came after BMI decided in March to stop its flights to London Heathrow from the Yorkshire airport.
Mike Rutter, Flybe’s chief commercial officer, said he was "delighted" to welcome aboard the first passengers on the service.
"Our ticket sales have exceeded initial forecasts and I’m delighted to report strong demand on this key route that is of great strategic importance and which we know is vital for both business and leisure passengers both out of, and into the region" he commented.
Passengers are also able to take advantage of the airline’s connections service, which allows travellers to make onward connections to 12 Flybe destinations across the UK and Europe.
The carrier introduced flights to Dusseldorf from London’s second airport last week.
More than half (52 percent) of bookings on the airline have been made from Germany, Flybe confirmed.