Leeds Bradford airport has unveiled plans for a new terminal extension, as part of a wider transformation programme.

The three-storey building is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2019, and will house a new space for international arrivals, as well as new, larger departure gates, seating areas and food and retail outlets.

Once the building is completed the airport will then work on remodeling the existing terminal, providing a new security central search area, enhanced check-in facilities and “a simplification of the customer journey through the existing departure lounge”, with new food and retail outlets.

This phase is expected to complete in time for summer 2020, when work will then begin on the construction of a new pier, replacing the current passenger walkway with a two-storey departures and arrivals structure.

The plans are subject to a three-week consultation period and submission through Leeds City Council’s planning process, but David Laws, CEO at the airport said the new extension would “transform the experience for both departing and arriving passengers whilst also adding a ‘sense of place and pride’ throughout the terminal”.

“A thriving region needs a thriving airport and we hope the people of our great county will see these latest plans as a real statement of intent as we continue to strive to create an airport Yorkshire can be proud of,” said Laws.