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Construction work begins on new terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport has officially started construction work on its new terminal regeneration.

The privately funded £100m development, known as LBA:REGEN, will transform LBA’s existing terminal building into a modern, efficient and sustainable facility.

LBA:REGEN will deliver a 9,500 sq. mt., three-storey extension to the existing terminal, alongside a significant refurbishment of the current facilities.

Passengers will benefit from the creation of additional aircraft stands, more seating, faster security, new shops and eateries, a larger baggage reclaim area and immigration hall, and improved access for passengers with restricted mobility.

Vincent Hodder, CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport, said: 

"This ground breaking is a significant moment in LBA’s history, representing the culmination of thousands of hours of planning, consultation and design.

"As one of Yorkshire’s most significant infrastructure projects, we and our passengers are immensely excited to see it develop in the coming months.

"Once complete, this project will deliver the airport that our passengers, airlines and region need and deserve.”

Work is underway on the terminal extension, with Farrans Construction delivering Phase 1 of the project.

This phase includes the construction of a new UK Border Force immigration facility and international baggage reclaim hall, as well as expanded retail and international departure lounge facilities.

Phase 2 will include an enlarged central search and check-in areas, alongside larger duty free, retail and arrivals areas. Completion of construction work is expected to be completed in 2026.

By 2030, LBA:REGEN has the potential to create 1,500 new direct jobs at LBA and 4,000 new indirect jobs.

These jobs will include a mix of roles, including amongst others entry-level apprenticeships, customer experience officers, duty managers, air traffic engineers and data analysts. 

The project will also play a significant part in the airport’s Net Zero Carbon Roadmap, with the installation of new efficient heating, lighting and machinery, as well as attracting airlines to deploy their newest, quietest and most efficient aircraft at the airport.

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