Leeds Bradford Airport £100 million terminal project to deliver expanded retail and F&B facilities

UK. Passenger experience at Leeds Bradford Airport is set for a major boost after a ground-breaking ceremony marked the start of construction work on its £100 million (US$126.4 million) terminal regeneration project.

New retail, including an expansion of the duty-free store, and additional food & beverage outlets form a key part of the transformation plan.

Leeds Bradford Airport CEO Vincent Hodder (third from left) took part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the terminal expansion project, which will strengthen the retail and food & beverage footprint at the travel hub

The privately funded development, known as LBA:REGEN, will transform the airport’s existing terminal building into a modern, efficient and sustainable facility, the airport said.

LBA:REGEN will deliver a 9,500sq m, three-storey extension to the terminal, alongside a significant refurbishment of the current facilities. The plan involves a much-expanded commercial offer, additional aircraft stands, more seating, faster security and a larger baggage reclaim area and immigration hall, plus improved access for passengers with restricted mobility.

The first phase of the project will include an expansion of retail and international departure lounge facilities. Phase two will include the duty-free extension, plus the creation of more spaces for retail and food & beverage venues.

Leeds Bradford Airport is the main air travel hub for the northern English county of Yorkshire and served just under 4 million passengers in 2023

Both phases will be completed by 2026.

Leeds Bradford Airport CEO Vincent Hodder said: “This ground breaking is a significant moment in LBA’s history, representing the culmination of thousands of hours of planning, consultation and design.

“As one of Yorkshire’s most significant infrastructure projects, we and our passengers are immensely excited to see it develop in the coming months. Once complete, this project will deliver the airport that our passengers, airlines and region need and deserve.” ✈

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