Report: How The New LBA Terminal Will Generate Economic Growth

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Report: How The New LBA Terminal Will Generate Economic Growth

Report: How The New LBA Terminal Will Generate Economic Growth

A new report from Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), presented to Leeds City Council, has assessed the impact that coronavirus will likely have on the airline industry, suggesting that the employment and economic benefits of the plans for a replacement terminal will not be overly affected by the crisis, merely slightly delayed.

The LBA is still committed to completing the project in 2023, with the timeframe for demolition and construction unaffected, Insider Media reports.

The proposals for the plans were submitted in May, suggesting that a modern three-storey building be constructed on an alternative site inside the airport’s boundary.

Chief executive of LBA Hywel Rees said: “[The project] will allow us to improve public transport, reduce queuing times and improve the overall experience; providing better dining and shopping facilities, extend seating, and more efficient security and immigration areas.

“The development will create an economic boost to our region at a time when it is most needed, and create and sustain a range of highly skilled, permanent positions, as well as hundreds of construction jobs, from right across Leeds, Bradford and Yorkshire.”

He went on to add that even now, at the early stage of lockdown easing, some flights are almost full and passenger demand is encouraging – demonstrating that interest in travel hasn’t disappeared, simply that it’s been put on hold temporarily.

If the plans are approved, the new terminal will see a range of new improvements, including a new bus terminal, a wider range of eateries, bars, lounges and shops, ample toilets and changing facilities, faster processing times through the terminal building and departure gates that allow passengers to walk straight onto planes from the terminal.

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