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CG rendering of the new Leeds Bradford Airport terminal.
Jane Imrie

Plans for ‘state-of-the-art’ Leeds Bradford Airport terminal unveiled

New plans have been revealed for the development of a ‘state-of-the-art’ terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA).

The airport is set to submit fresh plans in spring 2020, which will include the construction of a 34,000 sq m terminal on an alternative site within the airport’s boundary.

The three-floor building would be close to the proposed rail link at the site, as well as having improved shopping, restaurants and bars and improved service access.

Hywel Rees, chief executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, commented: “This proposed development is hugely exciting for Leeds Bradford Airport and the North and replaces our previously approved plans.

“For more than 55 years, LBA has provided an international gateway to and from Yorkshire. Our vision is to serve our region as a truly outstanding airport and to profoundly change the perception and reality of customer experience for passengers. To do this we need a terminal that meets the needs of the future in passenger flow and energy efficiency.

“We’re confident that our vision will deliver an airport building that is better placed to support our region’s economic growth and become one that Yorkshire can be proud of.”

LBA initially received consent to expand its existing terminal in January 2019, and if approved the plans would enable the airport to meet its target of net zero carbon emissions from airport operations by 2023.

Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, added: “There has long been an understanding that regional airports form a vital part of providing connectivity to access global markets, attracting inward investment, and enabling a sharing of cultures.

“The plans to improve Leeds Bradford Airport are crucial and form a key part of the wider Northern Powerhouse and national aviation strategy, with environmental sustainability, including closer access to rail links, once built, critical.

“We must see investment like this to enhance our connectivity in order to drive our ambitions and rebalance the British economy, with Yorkshire as part of the wider North enabled to achieve transformational growth for the benefit of those living here and the next generation.”

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