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Leeds Bradford Airport, new terminal proposal

Our aim is to inform the residents of Burley & Menston about planned changes at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA). We believe that everyone should know, or at least be aware, of these developments and how this could affect you and your community.

LBA airspace change proposals.

In December 2018, LBA submitted airspace change proposals. The objectives of the proposal were to introduce new Instrument Flight Procedures by reducing reliance on conventional navigation aids that are due to be withdrawn. These new procedures were said to broadly replicate the existing Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs) and introduce new Instrument Approach Procedures that would provide an alternative approach to, and reduce the reliance on, the existing Instrument Landing System (ILS). LBA claimed that the new procedures would facilitate more efficient operations, reduce the requirement for aircraft to hold, and improve the likelihood of aircraft achieving Continuous Descent Approaches (CDAs) or Continuous Climbs (CCs). Additional airspace was required to contain the procedures in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation procedures and the CAA policy on containment.

The CAA did not approve ACP 2015-10. Leeds Bradford Airport have an opportunity to re-submit proposals, and have yet to consider doing so.

The CAA CAP1805 Decision is available here: CAP1805 – Leeds Bradford Airport ACP2015-10 May 2019.

This document details the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) decision regarding Leeds Bradford Airport’s (LBA) Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) to introduce new Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs), Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) and to expand Controlled Airspace (CAS) around the airport. The ACP was submitted on 18th December 2018.

The CAA have also published a Consultation Assessment: CAP1805A Consultation Assessment

LBA – reporting noise

If you have any complaints about excessive aircraft noise, this can be done by completing an online noise report which is available here. You will however, need to have a few details at hand:

  • Date of incident
  • Time of incident
  • Duration of incident
  • Aircraft operator and aircraft type (optional, but this helps)

To assist, visit the Flights section of our website, this should at least provide the aircraft operator name, and you can double-check times.

LBA’s proposed new terminal

The plans for the 366,000 sq ft (34,000 sq m) three-storey terminal are set to be submitted in the spring.

The existing terminal currently deals with about four million passengers annually, but the airport hopes to increase numbers to 7 million over 10 years.

An increase in passenger numbers will have an impact on the number of daily flights and consequently aircraft noise. Aircraft noise, whilst remaining within prescribed limits, will be prolonged throughout the day and plans exist to extend night-time operational hours.

Leeds Braford Airport discussion group

Noise preferential route
Map showing Leeds Bradford Airport NPR's. Click to enlarge.

Noise Preferential Route at LBA.

Noise Preferential Routes (NPR’s) are in place for departing jet aircraft and were developed as a performance route to direct departing jet aircraft over the least populated areas.

Aircraft departing  LBA are supposed to fly along the NPR which is contained within a tolerance swathe, however, weather conditions can affect the flight path.


When aircraft take off from major airports, they follow a Standard Instrument Departure (SID) route. SID’s strike a balance between terrain, obstacle avoidance, noise abatement and airspace management considerations.

Leeds Braford Airport discussion group

Leeds Braford Airport discussion group


When aircraft begin their descent towards an airport, they leave the airways structure and join a Standard Terminal Arrival Route (STAR). Each airport has multiple STARs to allow them to manage their arrivals efficiently.

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