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Airport outlines 'Route to 2030' vision

Airport outlines 'Route to 2030' vision

Published at 7:03am 5th March 2016.

A masterplan to grow and develop Leeds Bradford Airport over the next 15 years has been unveiled.

Proposals include extensions to the terminal, additional apron parking, new taxiways, extra car parking facilities, improved transport links and an airport hotel.

There could also be a new 'commercial hub' including an airport village, an innovation park and freight park.

The airport currently contributes £336 million to the Leeds City Region and around 5,200 jobs, but bosses are expecting these figures to grow to £724 million and deliver over 10,000 jobs by 2030.

Chief Executive John Parkin said: "Leeds Bradford's 'Route to 2030' Strategic Development Plan supports our vision to be an 'outstanding regional airport, connecting Yorkshire with the world' and builds upon the recent investments undertaken at the airport.

"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. We are now seeking comments and suggestions from the local community to inform the next stage in the Masterplan's development."

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Coucil, added: "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."

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