Leeds & West Yorkshire

Wakefield base for Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter

Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Image caption The Yorkshire Air Ambulance's two helicopters serve about five million people

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is to leave Leeds-Bradford International Airport for a new base in West Yorkshire.

A vacant site within the Nostell Priory estate, near Wakefield, has been granted planning permission by Wakefield Council.

It will have a hangar and aircrew accommodation for one helicopter.

The charity said the aircraft would operate in daylight hours only and should be operational by summer 2013.

The charity's two helicopters provide a "rapid response helicopter emergency medical service" for a population of approximately five million people.

The second air ambulance would continue to operate from RAF Topcliffe in North Yorkshire said the YAA.

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