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Airport expansion plans approved

Artists impression of Leeds Bradford Airport
The building of the terminal extension will create hundreds of jobs

Plans to extend Leeds Bradford Airport, which would double its capacity in five years, have been backed by councillors.

The proposals include a £28m extension to the terminal building, a new departure lounge, an improved check-in area and an expanded security zone.

In April the city council rejected an original plan because of concerns over the impact on roads around the airport.

As part of the revised plans thousands of pounds will be invested in public transport to and from the airport.

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.

John Parkin, the airport's chief executive, said: "We are creating capacity for the airport to serve the demand for air travel from this region.

"There are more people flying from Manchester who live in our catchment area than we have total passenger numbers.

"This is a situation that needs to be corrected."

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