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LBIA's development plans approved

Terminal renovations planned


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Leeds Bradford International Airport has received the green light from the Leeds City Council Planning Committee to go ahead with a £28 million development of its passenger terminal.

The development scheme is backed by the airport's private equity owners Bridgepoint and is looking to provide a variety of impressive new facilities at the region's leading airport. Plans include the development of a new two storey building extension and internal renovation of the current terminal.

John Parkin, Leeds Bradford International Airport's chief executive, said: "We welcome the decision from the Planning Committee which marks an important milestone in the development of a progressive national and international gateway for the region. We are now able to enhance the original vision of the consortium of local councils who previously owned the airport to develop LBIA.

"We are committed to the transformation of the airport to assist the region's economy by encouraging inward investment and creating more jobs. We are passionate in our determination to deliver a passenger experience which offers the very best in airport design and service standards for Yorkshire and the Humber."

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Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: "Expansion at our airport may make it easier for people living here to go abroad, but it makes it equally easy for people around the world to come here. International visitors tend to be higher spending visitors and increasing the number international visitors to Yorkshire will play an important part in growing the visitor economy. Good, regular airlinks are clearly one factor which helps an international visitor to decide which part of the UK to visit. Currently we lose out to other parts of the country who are better connected to Europe and the rest of the world."

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July 24, 2009

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