Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA) has formally unveiled its ambitious £100 million regeneration plan, poised to metamorphose the airport into a cutting-edge transportation hub. With approval from Leeds City Council, the initiative is set to commence in autumn 2023, with an anticipated completion by 2026.

Farrans Construction, a reputable name in the sector, has been selected to lead Phase 1 of the regeneration, centring on the construction of a terminal extension. This phase will introduce a vast 9,500 square metre, three-storey extension to the existing terminal. Moreover, the current terminal building will undergo substantial refurbishment.

Travellers can expect a host of improvements, including additional aircraft stands, augmented seating capacity, swifter security checks, and an enhanced retail and dining landscape. The project also pledges a more capacious baggage reclaim area, a contemporary immigration hall, and improved facilities for passengers with limited mobility.

By 2030, the airport’s management foresees the regeneration acting as a significant economic driver, potentially generating 1,500 direct jobs at LBA and a further 4,000 indirect roles in the vicinity. The overall economic contribution to the local area is projected at an impressive £940 million.

In alignment with global sustainability commitments, LBA is also dedicated to minimising its carbon impact. The regeneration will be instrumental in the airport’s 2030 Net Zero Carbon Roadmap. This encompasses the introduction of energy-efficient heating, lighting, and machinery, as well as environmentally-conscious baggage belts.

Local stakeholders and business magnates have praised the announcement, viewing it as a pivotal stride in bolstering the region’s economy and elevating the passenger experience at LBA. Further particulars on the subsequent phases of the project are keenly anticipated.