Leeds Bradford unveils terminal extension plans

Leeds Bradford Airport has revealed plans for a new state-of-the-art terminal extension in the next phase of its redevelopment plan.

The multi-million pound, three-storey extension to the terminal building is scheduled to be completed for the end of 2019, and would house a revamped international arrivals process, including immigration, baggage reclaim and customs.

The planned extension building, which will cost £12m to build, will also accommodate new, larger departure gates, seating areas and new retail, food and beverage outlets.

“These really are exciting times for this airport and we are delighted to be able to now share our plans for phase two of our terminal redevelopment,” said David Laws, chief executive at Leeds Bradford Airport. “This new extension will transform the experience for both departing and arriving passengers whilst also adding a ‘sense of place and pride’ throughout the terminal, as we want to play our part in creating a great first impression for inbound visitors.”

Once the new building is complete, work will begin on re-modelling the existing terminal building to provide a new security central search area and enhanced check-in facilities.

The refurbishment will also simplify the customer journey through the existing departure lounge, which will also include new shopping and food and beverage offers. These works are expected to be complete for summer 2020.

The final phase will include the construction of a new pier, replacing the current passenger walkway with a two-storey structure, housing arrivals at ground level, and departures being processed at additional new boarding gates on the first floor.

Laws continued: “A thriving region needs a thriving airport and we hope the people of our great county will see these latest plans as a real statement of intent as we continue to strive to create an airport Yorkshire can be proud of.

“Work continues to improve our route offering for both business and leisure services and we hope to have more exciting announcements in the near future as we look to open up Yorkshire to new global opportunities.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, commented: “The airport is already a major contributor to the city region economy and we welcome this significant new investment.

“It will enhance the experience for existing and new passengers as new routes are introduced. In turn, these will open up additional markets for local businesses.”

As part of its redevelopment plans, the airport is holding a three-week consultation period and airport officials will also be hosting a drop-in event. The proposals will now go through Leeds City Council’s planning process.

Image: David Laws, CEO Leeds Bradford Airport, with Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and Henri Murison, director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

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