Leeds Bradford Airport in the UK has announced plans to extend its terminal building to transform its international arrivals process. This will include immigration, baggage reclaim and customs.

The three-storey extension, which is the next phase of the airport’s redevelopment plan, will also feature new, larger departure gates, seating areas and new retail and food and beverage outlets.

Leeds Bradford Airport chief executive David Laws said: “This new extension will transform the experience for both departing and arriving passengers whilst also adding a ‘sense of place and pride’ throughout the terminal, as we want to play our part in creating a great first impression for inbound visitors.

“Work continues to improve our route offering for both business and leisure services and we hope to have more exciting announcements in the near future as we look to open up Yorkshire to new global opportunities.”

“It will enhance the experience for existing and new passengers as new routes are introduced.”

The new terminal building is expected to be ready by the end of next year.

After that, re-modelling work for the existing terminal building will commence. It is aimed at providing a new security central search area, improved check-in facilities, and a simplification of the customer journey through the existing departure lounge. These works are slated for completion by 2020.

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Under the final phase of the redevelopment plan, a new pier will be constructed, replacing the current passenger walkway with a two-storey structure. It will house arrivals and ground level, while departures will be processed at additional new boarding gates on the first floor.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority chair Susan Hinchcliffe said: “The airport is already a major contributor to the city region economy and we welcome this significant new investment.

“It will enhance the experience for existing and new passengers as new routes are introduced. In turn, these will open up additional markets for local businesses.”

As part of its redevelopment plans, the airport has launched a three-week consultation seeking views from the people of Yorkshire to contribute to the future development of their airport.