Hague opens airport’s £11m terminal

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Leeds Bradford airport’s new £11m passenger terminal has been officially opened by the Foreign Secretary.

William Hague, the MP for Richmond, unveiled the new development which includes a larger departure lounge, food and drink outlets and a new walk-through tax- and duty-free store. Construction started last December and the new building has created an extra 65 per cent increase in air side space over two floors at the Yeadon site. The Yorkshire Premier Lounge has also been extended to provide a separate business zone and family friendly leisure lounge.

Boarding gate zones have been extended and a covered walkway has been constructed from the terminal to a number of aircraft stands. Mr Hague is pictured in the duty-free section on a tour with the airport’s chief executive John Parkin and commercial and aviation director Tony Hallwood.

Mr Hague said: “Regional airports can make a vital contribution to local and regional economies and Leeds Bradford is an excellent example of that, providing over £100m of value to the City Region, a figure set to grow by 10 per cent with the introduction of the new British Airways services.”

Business leaders and council chiefs recently welcomed the return of BA flights from the airport to Heathrow following a 32 year absence.