Leeds Bradford Airport aims to create thousands of new jobs

Leeds Bradford Airport aims to create thousands of new jobs

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced plans to create thousands of jobs by 2030 as they unveil their ambitious vision for the future.

The airport’s masterplan highlights plans outlining how it could grow and develop over the next 15 years.

Developments detailed in the airport’s ‘Route to 2030’ include extensions to the terminal, improved surface transport access links, an airport hotel close to the terminal, a new commercial hub including an airport village, an innovation park and freight park.

Proposals also include additional apron parking, construction of new taxiways alongside provision of additional car parking facilities.

John Parkin, chief executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “We are planning to continue our growth to support the progress of the Leeds City region and maximise the economic benefit our airport can provide as the international gateway to Yorkshire.”

Airport bosses are now turning to the local and regional community for views and comments on the planned enhancements.

LBA currently contributes £336m in GVA to the Leeds City Region and around 5,200 jobs but plans expect figures to grow to £724m, as well as increasing their employment figures.

Cllr Judith Blake of Leeds City Council said: “The significance of Leeds Bradford Airport to the regional economy should not be underestimated.

"It is expected that this growth and developments at Leeds Bradford will lead to the creation of a modern, attractive and vibrant gateway to Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region.”