3 men in suits holding proposal dcuments outside the entrance of Leeds Bradford Airport


Leeds Bradford Airport publishes final Masterplan

Leeds Bradford Airport’s Masterplan has been formally launched today, outlining the next 13 years of development at LBA.

‘Route to 2030,’ the Strategic Development Plan, was first released in draft form in March 2016, after which stakeholders were invited to submit feedback to shape the final Masterplan document.

The final document has been launched at the airport today during a regional event attended by a group of senior council leaders, councillors and MPs. The Masterplan outlines how the airport will grow and develop to carry a projected 7.1m passengers by 2030.

The Masterplan sets out ways in which LBA will: –

  • Meet the demand for air travel
  • Deliver a great service
  • Improve surface transport links
  • Expand employment opportunities

John Parkin, Chief Executive at Leeds Bradford Airport, said:

“This Masterplan paves the way for the future of LBA and importantly sets out ways in which we will seek to meet air travel demand in a sustainable way, while contributing significantly to the economy.

“Our vision is to be an outstanding airport, connecting Yorkshire with the world and this document is central to how we will deliver that. We will continue to work closely with the Local and Combined Au-thorities and Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure that our plans are of benefit to all.

“I would like to thank everyone, including many community groups, for their feedback during our consul-tation process. We very much look forward to the coming years, in which passengers will see a step change in many areas of our development – exciting times for LBA.”

Endorsements have been included in the Masterplan from Leeds City Council leader Cllr Judith Blake, Bradford Metropolitan District Council leader Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, and Chair of Leeds City Region En-terprise Partnership Roger Marsh OBE.

Key points in the Masterplan include:

  • Support for a new road link around the airport between the A658 and A65 with a spur to the air-port;
  • Support for an airport Parkway station on the Harrogate-Leeds railway line;
  • Creation of an ‘Economic Hub,’ with three key components: Airport Village, Air Innovation Park and Air Freight Park – creating further job. Further economic analysis is taking place to establish demand for new industrial and office space to establish LBA as an employment hub as well as a transport hub;
  • Expansion of aircraft stands, boarding gates and new taxiways to maintain efficiency of opera-tional performance throughout LBA’s growth;
  • Further development of the terminal building, including extra seating and enhanced retail/food and beverage options in the departure lounge;
  • How LBA manages environmental matters. This includes new monitoring equipment and working closely with airline partners to reduce any potential impact.

The Masterplan ‘Route to 2030’ is available to read online at www.leedsbradfordairport.co.uk/about-the-airport/airport-masterplan

Leeds Bradford Airport currently offers flights to 75 direct destinations across 23 countries; alongside three hub services which connect to hundreds more. In the last 12 months, a record 3.6m passengers have flown through the airport.

Development has taken place at LBA over the winter in preparation for summer, including the installation of a glass frontage to the terminal building and bag drop facilities in check-in hall A. Further work to improve facilities ahead of the summer is being completed at present, including adding an extra security lane and preparing for a first floor extension which will add further seats to the departure lounge.