Leeds Bradford Airport: Our ambitious growth plans

Leeds Bradford Airport: Our ambitious growth plans

Leeds Bradford Airport has kicked off an already eventful year with a number of important airline and destination announcements, alongside the launch of the company’s ‘route to 2030’ master plan, which aims to boost the airports offering to 100 direct destinations.

The airport’s ‘route to 2030’ initiative aims to double the number of jobs on site and increase passenger numbers to 7.1m by 2030 thanks to the expansion of the existing terminal building.

The plan has been introduced to meet the increasing demand for air travel from both business and leisure markets over the coming years, allowing for more flexible journey options.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Leeds Bradford, said: “We’ve had a really positive start to the 201617 year and we expect this to continue.

“Through our drive to introduce new airlines and routes at LBA, we have been one of the fastest growing airports in the UK over the last five years and we expect to build upon this solid foundation over the next 12 months.

“We will be focusing on introducing more city routes, especially for businesses across Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region where we provide a total economic footprint of £107m GVA.

“We also aim to further support the region’s economic competiveness by providing greater access to key commercial centres and capital cities across Europe alongside acting as a gateway for Yorkshire increasing the number of inbound tourism visitors from across the UK, Europe and worldwide.”

The masterplan also outlines intentions to build an onsite hotel, expand car parking facilities to meet growing demand and develop a ‘commercial hub’ adjacent to the airport in order to attract a range of new businesses to the area.

“We are focused upon providing the very best service for all of our passengers, as well as forging new business relationships with companies across the region,” said Tony.

“At Leeds Bradford we also want to lead the way with our approach in supporting the Yorkshire region; we believe that investing in our future is critical to enable the Leeds City region to have an even stronger economic influence within the Northern Powerhouse.

“We look forward to working even closer with regional businesses as they strive to deliver growth into new overseas markets alongside supporting new inward investment to Yorkshire."

Improved road access and the introduction of new rail links to the airport, initially by means of a Parkway station on the existing nearby Leeds to Harrogate line, will also be implemented.

Tony added: “It is important that Leeds Bradford grows in a sustainable way and that's why we are currently in consultation with all stakeholders across the region to help shape what our final masterplan will look like; I’d urge everyone to provide feedback through that process as we look to finalise our plan later this year.

 “It's therefore an incredibly exciting time at Leeds Bradford Airport as we look to our future growth and development to increasingly support regional businesses across Yorkshire.” 

Some of 2016’s new service announcements include: