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Leeds Bradford Airport to expand with new terminal

Plans for a new terminal building at Leeds Bradford Airport have been approved by Leeds City Council.

The new terminal will replace an outdated building and forms part of a wider expansion plan that includes increasing the number of daytime flights from the airport.

The new terminal will be a three-storey, 34,000m2 structure. The Airport claims the completed project will support more than 12,000 permanent jobs across the Leeds region. 

A council spokesperson said: “The council recognises that the Leeds Bradford Airport planning application has been the subject of much public debate and, from the moment it was first submitted, full and proper attention has been paid to the evidence and arguments put forward by supporters and opponents alike. It should also be noted that the application was assessed on its own individual merits as part of the council’s normal planning process.

“There were a large number of matters for plans panel members to consider during this process, including the council’s declaration of a climate emergency and the issue of increasing carbon emissions from flights. Current Government policy points to these emissions being something that should be primarily tackled at a national level – and addressed through international agreements and protocols – rather than by suppressing growth at individual airports in a way that could simply export passengers to other nearby airports at a higher financial cost to them and increase surface transport emissions.

“In addition, the airport’s plans showed that the proposed new terminal would replace the outdated and inefficient existing terminal and be built to a higher standard of environmental performance that would also provide an improved ‘gateway’ to Leeds, with an associated creation of new jobs.”

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