Go-ahead for air­port ex­pan­sion pro­pos­als

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

YORK­SHIRE’S LARGEST air­port is set for an ex­pan­sion de­signed to im­prove pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence, at­tract a greater range of air­lines and sup­port route de­vel­op­ment.

Coun­cil­lors have given full plan­ning per­mis­sion to Leeds Brad­ford Air­port, mean­ing work can now start in the spring.

The new three-storey ex­ten­sion to the main air­port ter­mi­nal build­ing is ex­pected to pro­vide larger im­mi­gra­tion and bag­gage re­claim ar­eas and im­proved de­par­ture gate fa­cil­i­ties as well as ex­tra re­tail and food out­lets.

Mem­bers of Leeds City Coun­cil’s city plans panel were en­thu­si­as­tic about pro­posal, with Coun Paul Wadsworth say­ing: “The air­port has briefed us four or five times, and we feel very well­briefed on the pro­pos­als. I think they have taken on board ev­ery­thing we have said, in­clud­ing the pedes­trian links go­ing back into the ter­mi­nal to im­prove the pub­lic trans­port con­nec­tion.”

Af­ter com­mit­tee mem­bers voted unan­i­mously in favour of the pro­pos­als, chair­man Coun James McKenna said: “We want to see our city grow and trans­porta­tion is vi­tal – we all want to fly on our hol­i­days from Leeds Brad­ford – we don’t par­tic­u­larly want to go to Manch­ester.”

Work will in­clude re­plac­ing the cur­rent pas­sen­ger walk­way with a two-storey struc­ture hous­ing ar­rivals at ground level and de­par­tures on the first floor.

After­wards, air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive David Laws said: “This is fan­tas­tic news for the re­gion’s pas­sen­gers and the wider econ­omy. With work sched­uled to be com­plete in win­ter 2019/2020, we are in­creas­ing peak-time ca­pac­ity to de­liver a first class pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­ate an air­port York­shire can be proud of.

“This will al­low us to at­tract a greater range of air­lines and sup­port route de­vel­op­ment, which in turn will de­liver ad­di­tional in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions.”

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