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Ambitious plans for the future revealed by Chief executive John Parkin

2011 has been another great year for Leeds Bradford Airport, with passenger numbers hitting the three million mark.

But chief executive John Parkin doesn’t plan on resting on his laurels and he is working on ambitious plans to ensure that 2012 is an even better year for LBA.

Passenger numbers have increased by 13 per cent and more routes and investments have been won due to the planned £28 million redevelopment of the terminal building.

Leeds Bradford airport is now the fastest growing regional airport and the 16th-busiest passenger airport in the UK.

The next stage in the development of the airport is an already under way with an £11 million project that will transform the terminal building and vastly improve the passenger experience.

“It’s great and it’s happening in probably the most difficult market for aviation in living memory,” Mr Parkin said.

“The first stage of the redevelopment, the front of the terminal, has all been done. We are well-advanced with our plans for the next stage, which lifts the capacity of the airport up from three million to about 4.3 million and we’re going to need it. And it will create a much better environment for our customers. The investment is needed. We want to add more routes and services.”

Construction work has already started at the airport’s Yeadon site and it is hoped that it will be finished by next summer. The next step of the LBA masterplan is to get the popular airport linked to a railway station.

“It’s a long-term plan,” Mr Parkin said. “In our airport masterplan we have a protected land site for a railway station, in front of our terminal. That will continue as we review our masterplan. There is widespread regional support for it.”

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