First phase of airport work done by May

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THE first phase of an £11m development project to improve the terminal at Leeds-Bradford Airport will be completed by mid-May.

The rest of the scheme will be finished this summer.

Construction teams from Morgan Sindall, as well as other contractors, have been working over a 21 hour period every day at the airport with work and deliveries scheduled to minimise the impact on passengers and businesses.

Leeds-Bradford’s commercial director Tony Hallwood, pictured, said: “We are on schedule and on budget.”

He said that the work had been undertaken with “military precision” and that the project would “set new standards in regional airport development.”

The full project will result in the airport gaining an enlarged departure lounge, improved security zone, a walk-through Duty Free area, extended Yorkshire Premier Lounge, new food and drinks options and a covered walkway out to the boarding gates. A new restaurant and bar called Saltaire will also be created.

Mr Hallwood said: “I believe we will set new standards for our customers for 2012.”

Mr Hallwood told the YEP that there may be more development work at the airport in the future. He said: “We are just reviewing our overall masterplan over the next 12 months.”

He said that airport development would fit in with Leeds projects like the Trinity shopping complex and the Arena.

Tim Beynon, head of airport development and planning, who has worked on airports in Bristol, Bahrain and various MoD sites, told the YEP that the whole construction project had been “challenging.”

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