Leeds Bradford Airport has announced a multi-million pound, three-storey extension to its terminal building. Once complete, it will house a transformed international arrivals process, including immigration, baggage reclaim and customs. The extension is part of the airport’s ongoing redevelopment programme and will also accommodate new, larger departure gates, seating areas and new retail and food & beverage outlets.
The new building is scheduled for completion at the end of 2019. At that point work will then commence on re-modelling the existing terminal building to provide a new security central search area, enhanced check-in facilities, and a simplification of the customer journey through the existing departure lounge, which will also include new retail and F&B offers. The airport said it expects the second stage to be complete for the summer 2020 season.
The final phase will include the construction of a new pier, replacing the current passenger walkway with a two-storey structure, housing arrivals and ground level, and departures being processed at additional new boarding gates on the first floor.
Watson Batty Architects has been appointed to design the new arrivals extension, departure pier and internal remodelling.
Airport CEO David Laws said: “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.
“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.
“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.”