Extension To Leeds Bradford Airport Gets Underway

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Extension To Leeds Bradford Airport Gets Underway

Extension To Leeds Bradford Airport Gets Underway

 Work to construct a large extension at Leeds Bradford Airport has begun, with a significant project starting this month to build a major extension to the main terminal building to improve passenger experience.

 Aviation minister Liz Sugg visited the airport to witness the start of construction work, with this extension set to be the airport’s biggest investment to date.

 It will see a larger immigration area and baggage claim hall created, as well as improvements to departure and gate facilities, including a number of new shops, restaurants and free seating.

 Ms Sugg commented: “The development at Leeds Bradford Airport will not only further strengthen it as an important global gateway to Yorkshire, but will also provide passengers with an exceptional travelling experience to and from the region.”

 When the plans were unveiled at the end of last year, they revealed that a two to three storey extension was proposed to provide the new facilities.

 It’s all part of the airport’s strategic development plan to 2030, by which time it expects to see annual passenger numbers nearly double, from the current level of four million to seven million.

 The work is expected to be completed this winter, which means passengers can look forward to accessing the new facilities within the next year.

 Chief executive of the aviation hub David Laws said that the development work will “allow us to attract a greater range of airlines and support route development, which will in turn deliver additional international destinations that our business and leisure passengers desire”.

 During her visit, Ms Sugg pointed out that government projects like HS2 will feed into this development and help make the country more connected by making it easier for people to travel around.

 “Improvements for local communities as well as major infrastructure projects like investment at Leeds station, Northern Powerhouse Rail, HS2 and Heathrow expansion will continue to bring our country closer together,” she asserted.

 The government is currently investing £170 million in public transport improvements in and around Leeds, which will benefit many people.

 But the new part of the terminal building isn’t going to be the only work that’s carried out at Leeds Bradford Airport in the coming months. Once this project is complete, work will then begin on remodelling the existing terminal building.

As well as creating further new retail and food outlets, this work will also lead to the creation of a new security central search area and enhanced check-in facilities.

The final phase of the work will be the construction of a new pier to replace the current passenger walkway. This two-storey structure will allow departures to be processed at new, additional boarding gates on the first floor, while arrivals will be housed on the ground level.

Once all the work is completed, passengers will not only have more areas to enjoy while waiting for flights at the airport, but can also look forward to a streamlined check-in process.

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