Leeds Bradford International Airport

Leeds Bradford International Airport

Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBA) was originally Yeadon Aerodrome, which began operating in October 1931 with club flying and training flights being predominant activities. At this time it was on 60 acres of grassland along the Bradford Harrogate Road and flying was mainly in the Cirrus and Gypsy Moth aircraft and later Puss and Leopard Moth for training and charters.

The first daily London service started in 1960 with BKS and later that year Aer Lingus began to operate a service to Dublin. A Public Inquiry followed soon after in 1963 and permission was given to construct a new runway. Work commenced quickly and the new runway became operational in 1965.

In May 1965 the terminal building was substantially destroyed by fire so construction of a new passenger terminal commenced later that year and was opened for use in February 1968.

Inclusive tour holiday flights commenced in 1976 with flights to the Iberian Peninsula by Britannia Airways on behalf of Thomson Holidays.

LBA gained approval for 24 hour availability in 1994 which allowed operations to continue during night-time hours, albeit with restrictions only permitting the quietest aircraft to operate between 2300 to 0700.

In 1996 the Airport saw its millionth passenger, and in 2005 just over 2.6 million passengers passed through the Airport. Since 1996 the terminal building has virtually doubled in size with new and improved arrivals and departure facilities, lounges and two new airbridges. Further developments took place in 2006 to include a £5 million refurbishment and expansion of the catering areas to include a Food Village, Yate's Bar and Burger King.

Extensive development also took place during 2003 on the south side of the airport. Multiflight Ltd invested £8 million to create two new hangars, together with a new taxiway and apron to provide world class aircraft maintenance facilities and a new business executive aviation terminal.

There have also been improvements to the public road access at the front of the terminal building. The alterations consist of a new bus parking area for the public service buses, a larger open area in front of the terminal, which can be used for additional bus parking, passenger drop off and an area for mini buses. The redesigned area also accommodates road access to the Travelodge Hotel, which was completed in October 2004.

In November 2008, the early stages of the airport masterplan were clarified, with in-depth detailed plans for the expansion of the airport terminal being published, at an estimated cost of Euro28 million. November 2008 also saw the introduction of another long-haul route to New York Newark Airport, with a series of four flights operated by Jet2.com, although there has been no announcement regarding any future flights for 2009.

BMI ceased its route to London Heathrow on 29 March 2009, although Flybe have since announced a route to London Gatwick, beginning on 29 June 2009.

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Leeds Bradford International Airport White House Ln
Yeadon, LDS LS19 7TU
United Kingdom

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