Leeds Bradford Airport proposes to build a more efficient terminal
The airport’s proposal aims to improve passenger experience, deliver one of the UK’s most environmentally-efficient airport buildings and support the region’s economic prosperity.
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has submitted a planning application to build a new, state-of-the-art replacement terminal to Leeds City Council.
The plans, first announced in January 2020, replace a previously consented scheme and LBA’s existing terminal building with a more efficient and sustainable development.
The plans propose the construction of a three floor, 34,000m2 replacement terminal on an alternative site within the airport’s boundary and would enable the airport to reach its target of becoming carbon net zero by 2023 for airport operations.
If approved, it is anticipated that development work could begin before the end of 2020, with the terminal completed in 2023.
Hywel Rees, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “The new terminal design allows delivery of existing consented capacity in a more efficient way, with a smaller environmental footprint. The replacement building will have a modern, flexible design whilst achieving operational excellence to give passengers the best experience and address the challenges we know our passengers face far too frequently that cannot be overcome within our current building.
“We are committed to the future of LBA and bringing our plans to fruition if approved. This significant investment in the airport will protect and create new jobs, boost international connectivity and comes at a time when the region and sector need to turbocharge the economic recovery.”
In January 2020, former Minister for Aviation Paul Maynard gave his backing for the scheme.
Features to enhance the passenger experience include better surface access, with the site located nearer to the proposed rail link; modern and airy terminal interiors; improved shopping, restaurants and bars; and excellent access and comfort through from arrival to boarding.