Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced an investment exceeding £100 million in a crucial overhaul of its terminal facilities. This development is poised to significantly enhance the passenger experience and catalyze economic growth in the region.

Endorsed by Leeds City Council, the project is slated to commence in the autumn of 2023, with an anticipated completion date in 2026. Farrans Construction has been entrusted with the responsibility of executing Phase 1 of the venture, involving the construction of the terminal extension.

The renovation will entail the addition of a three-storey extension to the current terminal, covering an area of 9,500 square metres. This will be accompanied by a substantial refurbishment of the existing terminal structure. Travellers will reap the benefits of extra aircraft stands, increased seating capacity, expedited security procedures, novel retail outlets and dining options. Furthermore, a more spacious baggage reclaim area and immigration hall will be provided, alongside improved accessibility for passengers with reduced mobility.

By the year 2030, this rejuvenation effort has the potential to generate 1,500 fresh direct employment opportunities at LBA, along with an additional 4,000 indirect jobs. Additionally, it is poised to contribute a cumulative sum of £940 million to the local economy.

The revitalisation project will also facilitate LBA’s progress towards decarbonising its operations, in alignment with the airport’s 2030 Net Zero Carbon Roadmap. This will involve the installation of modern heating, lighting, and equipment, including new baggage conveyor belts. It is envisaged that the enhancements will attract airlines to deploy their latest, most noise-efficient, and fuel-efficient aircraft at the airport.

Vincent Hodder, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “This announcement marks the beginning of a new era for Leeds Bradford Airport. This investment will give us the infrastructure needed to deliver an outstanding customer experience, support the growth of our airline partners, enhance connectivity for business, investment and trade and provide the airport that Leeds, Bradford and Yorkshire have been waiting for. LBA is a key asset for our region and our community, our investment enhances and supports broader investments underway in Leeds and Bradford creating new jobs, new opportunities and shared benefits for our community.”

Cathal Montague, Regional Director at Farrans Construction, said: “Leeds Bradford Airport has played an integral role in the ambitious growth of the city of Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region, supporting connectivity to some of the world’s best destinations for business and tourism. We are looking forward to bringing the vision for its next stage to life through the extension and modernisation of the terminal. This project will be a major boost to the construction industry with jobs created through apprenticeships, direct labour and supply chain.

“We have had a strong connection to Leeds for many years, having delivered a number of important transport and infrastructure projects in the area. Farrans opened a new office in the city centre last year and we are in the final stages of the delivery of a 20-storey student accommodation project on Belgrave Street, Live Oasis St Alban’s Place. We will continue to engage closely with community groups, charities and schools to create local employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities to deliver a positive lasting impact while delivering Leeds Bradford Airport.”

This year, the airport is projected to contribute a total of £460 million to the local economy, directly employing 2,100 individuals and indirectly supporting 4,500 positions.