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Leeds Bradford Airport announces £100 million extension and refurbishment

Leeds Bradford Airport has announced a £100m investment into a vital regeneration of its terminal facilities.

Leeds Bradford Airport announces £100 million extension and refurbishment Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced over a £100m investment into a vital regeneration of its terminal facilities. The airport hopes the investment will "dramatically improve the passenger experience" and help unlock economic growth for the region. Approved by Leeds City Council, the work is set to commence in autumn 2023 and is expected to complete in 2026. The regeneration will see a 9,500 sq. mt., three storey extension to the existing terminal, alongside a significant refurbishment of the current terminal building. [caption id="attachment_83016" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] CGI of the airport after the new terminal regeneration. (Image: Leeds Bradford Airport)[/caption] Passengers will benefit from the creation of additional aircraft stands, more seating, faster security, new shops and eateries, and a larger baggage reclaim area and immigration hall, as well as improved access for passengers with restricted mobility. By 2030, the regeneration has the potential to create 1,500 new direct jobs at LBA and 4,000 new indirect jobs, as well as contribute a total of £940 million to the local economy*. The regeneration will also help LBA to further decarbonise its operations, as outlined in the airport’s 2030 Net Zero Carbon Roadmap, with the installation of new heating, lighting and machinery, including new baggage belts. It is expected that airlines attracted by the regeneration will accelerate the deployment of their newest, quietest and most efficient aircraft at the airport. Vincent Hodder, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said:

“This announcement marks the beginning of a new era for Leeds Bradford Airport. "This investment will give us the infrastructure needed to deliver an outstanding customer experience, support the growth of our airline partners, enhance connectivity for business, investment and trade and provide the airport that Leeds, Bradford and Yorkshire have been waiting for. "LBA is a key asset for our region and our community, our investment enhances and supports broader investments underway in Leeds and Bradford creating new jobs, new opportunities and shared benefits for our community.”
This year, the airport is expected to contribute a total of £460 million to the local economy, directly employing 2,100 people and indirectly supporting 4,500 jobs. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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