August 4, 2008

Airport Overhaul Takes Off

Chief executive John Parkin, left, and Tony Hallwood, commercial and aviation development director, lend a hand as work gets under way on the first phase of a major scheme to improve Leeds Bradford International Airport.

The management team installed by new owner Bridgepoint Capital private equity group has promised to spend Pounds 70m on delivering a "premier league" airport.

The owners hope to drive up passenger numbers from three million to five million a year by 2013 and increase the number of destinations from 75 to 100.

The first stage, which is set for completion in the autumn, focuses on improvements to the car parks and terminal frontage. It will include access improvements for the bus and airport shuttle, a designated taxi zone and relocation of the Yorkshire Executive Club car park.

The second stage will see an enhanced pick-up and drop-off zone, redevelopment of the short-stay car park and improved pedestrian walkways.

John Parkin, the airport's chief executive, said: "The growing importance and status of Leeds Bradford International Airport is an essential part of the economic vitality of the region.

"We are delighted that development has commenced and are very confident that these works will ensure the continued success of Leeds Bradford International Airport and provide the people of the region with an airport of which they can be proud."

"We are determined to improve the quality of services we provide to our passengers and this investment will deliver a significant enhancement to our car parking and public transport facilities."

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