Leeds Bradford has announced plans for a £100 million regeneration of its terminal facilities between now and 2026.

The works will include “significant refurbishment of the current terminal building”, as well as a three-storey, 9,500 sqm extension.

The upgrade programme is effectively a return to a project originally unveiled in 2018, which was superceded in early 2020 by plans for a brand new terminal building, only for the latter to be abandoned in 2022 “following excessive delays and the decision to call in plans by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities”.

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The regeneration programme will now begin this autumn, with passengers set to benefit from “the creation of additional aircraft stands, more seating, faster security, new shops and eateries, and a larger baggage reclaim area and immigration hall, as well as improved access for passengers with restricted mobility”.

The airport also said that the investment would help it to further decarbonise its operations, with the installation of new heating, lighting and machinery, including new baggage belts.

Leeds Bradford unveiled refurbishment works to its two lounges earlier this year, with the relocated 1432 Runway Club and expanded Yorkshire Lounge.

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Commenting on the news 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.”