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Airport reveals 28m revamp plan

Model of the proposed terminal building
A planning application will be submitted early next year

Plans for a 28m terminal extension at Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) have been unveiled.

A proposed two-storey extension to the terminal building would house an improved check-in area, an expanded security zone and new departure lounge.

The airport says the current building suffers from congestion and is "poorly designed for segregating arriving and departing passengers".

Several public viewings are being held so people can see the plans.

The improvements are part of a five-year 70m investment programme promised by private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital, which bought the airport for 145m last year.

'Modern facilities'

A planning application for the terminal extension will be submitted early next year.

John Parkin, the airport's chief executive, said: "Our exciting plans to improve the terminal building will transform LBIA.

"We will be creating modern, spacious and service-focused facilities designed to make the airport easy and convenient to use.

"The terminal proposals will also deliver impressive new facilities which will integrate with the existing building sympathetically in scale and design."

The plans include additional space to improve the layout and circulation in the concourse and at check-in, a new and expanded passenger security screening zone, a new departure lounge and improvements to the domestic baggage reclaim hall.

The public exhibitions will be held on the following dates:

  • 4 November, St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth
  • 5 November, Yeadon Town Hall
  • 6 & 7 November, Morrisons supermarket, Yeadon.

The plans will also be on display at the airport until Friday.

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