LBA £12m terminal extension to house new retail

By Luke Barras-hill |


Development plans will go through Leeds City Council’s planning process.

A £12m ($15.7m) extension at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) hopes to deliver new retail and F&B space, according to the operator [click below for a video].

The airport is planning a three-storey expansion to its main terminal building to provide larger departure gates, seating areas and transformed international arrivals, immigration, baggage reclaim and customs facilities.

Planning proposals are with Leeds City Council and if approved the new building would expect to complete by the end of 2019.

LBA is holding a three-week consultation to inform people of the plans, with airport officials hosting a drop-in event at the Britannia Hotel in Bramhope on Thursday 27 September.


Once that process completes, attention would turn to re-modelling the existing terminal building to provide a new central security precinct, enhanced check-in facilities and a streamlined passenger journey to the existing departure lounge.

This would also include new retail and F&B offers, with these works expected to complete by summer 2020.

TRBusiness has reached out to LBA for further information on the possible retail mix.

As reported, LBA opened a Leeds United Football Club shop in the summer as it assessed future plans for its terminal infrastructure.


Left to right: David Laws, CEO Leeds Bradford Airport; Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority; and Henri Murison, Director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership present the terminal extension plans.


David Laws, Chief Executive at Leeds Bradford Airport said: “This new extension will transform the experience for both departing and arriving passengers while also adding a ‘sense of place and pride’ throughout the terminal, as we want to play our part in creating a great first impression for inbound visitors.

“Work continues to improve our route offering for both business and leisure services and we hope to have more exciting announcements in the near future as we look to open up Yorkshire to new global opportunities.”

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “The airport is already a major contributor to the city region economy and we welcome this significant new investment.

“It will enhance the experience for existing and new passengers as new routes are introduced. In turn, these will open up additional markets for local businesses.”

The airport handled a record 4,078,069 passengers in 2017 following consecutive years of growth.


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