UPGRADES worth more than £2.5million at Leeds Bradford Airport’s terminal are on schedule to be completed in time for its summer season.
The building work at the Yeadon site has included the transformation of the main entrance. This work has including the removal to create increased circulation space between the airport’s two check-in halls.
New glass windows and flooring has been installed to create a lighter feel for passengers.
Other work planned is an extra security lane to help travellers access departures quicker. There will also be increased space in Saltaire bar which will be added in the departure lounge.
Work has also started to create a 6,450 sq ft first floor extension at the airport’s departure lounge. This development will also include a large seating area.
Other boosts to the terminal include new car park buses, which are already operating, and toilet refurbishments which have already opened.
All of the terminal work has taken place over the winter, as the airport gears up for the start of its summer season.
The airport is expecting an increase in passenger numbers later this year.
Sophie Murr, head of projects at LBA, said the alterations will be beneficial for its passengers and the work was on schedule.
She said: “These are transformational projects across all areas of LBA, which will make a huge, positive difference to the passenger experience.
“All contractors on site are working 24 hours a day and are undertaking tasks with minimum disruption to passengers.
“It has been fantastic to unveil some of the works already and we look forward to moving forward with all other developments in a timely manner to deliver an updated and more spacious terminal for customers this year.”
Airport bosses revealed the terminal announcements during MIPIM Cannes, a real estate exhibition, conference and networking event, where LBA is a sponsor and supporter of the Leeds City Region.
John Parkin, LBA chief executive, added the upgrade work was “critical” to the future success of the airport.
He said: “Passengers travelling though LBA over the last few months will have already noticed a number of improvements to the passenger terminal and we thanks customers for their patience throughout the construction period while these upgrades are put in place.
“These upgrades and those planned for delivery this summer are critical for us to deliver the very best service and experience for all of our passengers.”
The makeover of its terminal follows the Yeadon hub reporting passenger numbers rise by five per cent to nearly 3.5 million in the year to March 31, 2016, and achieved a six per cent increase in turnover to just under £29.45m. Losses narrowed from £8m to £3.8m, in figures revealed in November last year.
The airport now offers direct flights to 75 destinations across 24 countries and offers worldwide connecting through its three hub airports, Heathrow, Amsterdam and Dublin.