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First Glimpse Inside Leeds Bradford Airport Replacement Terminal

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has released new CGI images of its proposed replacement terminal, showing what passengers could expect if plans are approved.

Images released this week show what the new look check in hall, departures lounge and arrivals gate could look like. Large glass fronted walls, high ceilings, electronic check in desks and food stalls all feature in the CGIs. If approved, LBA expects construction of its replacement terminal to be completed as early as 2023.


LBA’s plans for a replacement terminal, submitted to Leeds City Council in May 2020, propose the construction of a modern, three floor, 34,000 sq. mt. building on an alternative site within the airport’s boundary. If approved, the new state-of-the-art terminal building would be the most environmentally efficient airport building in the UK and deliver a passenger experience beyond what is achievable in the existing terminal, which has a legacy of several piecemeal extensions over the course of its 55-year history.

If approved, passengers using LBA’s new terminal will benefit from a range of improvements, including:

  • A check-in area three times bigger than the current facility, helping to significantly reduce overall queuing times and increase capacity
  • Spacious, temperature-controlled and naturally lit check in, security and departure hall
  • A focus on public transport, with a new bus terminal located as close as possible to the terminal entrance and closer to the proposed Parkway rail station
  • An improved and wider range of bars, eateries, shops and lounges
  • Improved disabled access
  • Departure gates that allow passengers to walk straight onto aircraft from the terminal
  • An appropriately sized arrivals hall, with modern baggage machines and fewer queues
  • Significantly faster journey through the terminal building
  • Improved toilets and changing facilities equally spaced throughout the terminal

Hywel Rees, Chief Executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said:

“It’s no secret that the current terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport is outdated. Essentially, the airport has only ever had ad-hoc additions made to it over the last five and a half decades. The expectations of passengers have rightfully changed exponentially in this time and it is only right that we move to meet them. We hope that these images can capture the imagination of passengers old and new, as well as generate a sense of excitement for a project we believe can significantly benefit the region.”

A decision from the Council on LBA’s latest proposal for a replacement terminal is expected in autumn 2020.

For more detail on LBA’s proposal, and the option to share your thoughts, then please visit Leeds City Council’s planning portal and quote the reference number 20/02559/FU.