Plans unveiled for Leeds Bradford revamp

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Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the UK has released images of its proposed replacement terminal. The renderings cover the check-in hall, departures lounge and arrivals gates. If the terminal plans are approved, LBA expects construction of its replacement terminal to be completed as early as 2023.

According to the airport, the redevelopment will see the construction of a three floor, 34,000m (366,000ft) building on an alternative site within the airport’s existing boundary. It says the building would be the most environmentally efficient airport terminal in the UK and deliver a passenger experience beyond what is achievable in the existing terminal, which has a legacy of several piecemeal extensions over the course of its 55-year history.

LBA highlighted that the new terminal would feature a check-in area three times larger than the current facility, along with greater space for commercial development. Additionally, the terminal would be designed to provide direct access from gates to aircraft, without the need for bus transfers.

Commenting on the proposal, Hywel Rees, chief executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said, “It’s no secret that the current terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport is outdated. Essentially, the airport has only ever had ad-hoc additions made to it over the last five and a half decades.

“The expectations of passengers have rightfully changed exponentially in this time and it is only right that we move to meet them. We hope that these images can capture the imagination of passengers old and new, as well as generate a sense of excitement for a project we believe can significantly benefit the region.”

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