Major airport terminal regeneration could create 5,500 jobs

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has revealed an investment of over £100m into a regeneration of its terminal facilities which is intended to dramatically improve the passenger experience and unlock economic growth.

Approved by Leeds City Council, the work is set to start in autumn 2023 and is expected to complete in 2026.

Farrans Construction has been appointed as the contractor to deliver phase one of the project – the construction of the terminal extension.

The regeneration will see a 102,000 sq ft three-storey extension to the existing terminal, alongside a significant refurbishment of the current terminal building.

Passengers will benefit from 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.

LBA says that by 2030, the regeneration has potential to create 1,500 new direct jobs at the airport and 4,000 new indirect jobs, as well as contribute a total of £940m to the local economy.

The regeneration will also help LBA to further decarbonise its operations, as outlined in the airport’s 2030 Net Zero Carbon Roadmap, with the installation of new heating, lighting and machinery, including new baggage belts.

Vincent Hodder, chief executive of the 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, added: “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.”