'Overdue' or 'no point'? Your reaction to plans for new terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport

Plans for a new terminal at Leeds Bradford Airport have been revealed today - to a mixed reaction from Leeds commuters.

By Abbey Maclure
Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 11:45 am

The existing terminal would be flattened to make way for a brand new state-of-the-art facility that could cost as much as £150m.

Airport bosses hope construction on the project can start this year, with the new facility open by 2023.

But what do you make of the new plans? Here is what Leeds commuters had to say:

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This is what the new terminal at LBA could look like

'It's about time'

Some commuters called the plans a "fantastic" move.

Debborah Hargreaves said: "It's about time, it’s marvellous having a local airport but not so good having to walk outside through those “bus shelters” to get onto a plane in the middle of winter."

Surjeet Singh agreed that the old terminal was "very outdated" and needed revamping, while another commuter said the new terminal was "well overdue."

'We need better transport links - not a new terminal'

However, other commuters are concerned that without improving train and bus links to the airport, more flights and passengers will just cause more traffic problems.

Iain Alexander said: "They won't attract new routes unless they sort the road and rail links out properly. Ie, a direct rail link direct to the airport and a dual carriageway road network at the minimum."

Dean Henderson agreed: "£150m to demolish and rebuild. No point. Be better creating an extension to the building for future proof then removing the old section at a later date as part of a further upgrade."

Karl Stead called for the the airport to be moved altogether, to a location better served by transport links.

He added: "Leeds Council has to accept that the airport is one of the biggest attractions to the city and adds millions the the economy of Leeds, they have tried everything they can to try and improve the A65, wasting 50 years doing it.

"Build a MONORAIL from Leeds Train Station to LBA, the journey would take 10 minutes.

"Create this link and watch the economy grow like you have never seen it before."

The Yorkshire Evening Post has called for plans for a mass-transit system to be considered, as part of our Unlock the Gridlock campaign.