LBA new terminal proposal
You may have read in the newspapers or heard on local TV news that a new plan has been announced by the CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport, which proposes building a new terminal building (and removing the existing building). The approximate site of the new building would be where the current long-term parking facility is located, farther along White House Lane, at the end of the taxiway. That location appears to have been chosen so that the access to the runway apron (for embarkation/disembarkation of the aircraft) remains in roughly the same place.
The announcement is being made in terms which focus upon the carbon-minimisation opportunity of a new terminal and the interconnectivity which LBA can bring through its expansion program. What will be of interest and potential concern to residents of Menston and Burley is that the proposed increase in passenger numbers (from 4.0m per annum currently to 7.1m per annum by 2030) has not changed. LBA and its parent company (the Australian company, AMP Capital) continue to believe that this target can be achieved and that a new terminal will facilitate this through an improved customer experience.
Included in the planning application is a proposal to extend daytime flying hours. Daytime hours are currently defined as 7.00am to 11.00pm, with night-time therefore being classed as 11.00pm to 7am.
Daytime flying hours are to be extended, allowing for unrestricted flying between 6.00am and 11.30pm. In essence, some flights that are currently classed as night-time flights (those between 6am-7am, and 11.00-11.30pm), will become daytime flights. Therefore, there’s a potential to have more flights during daytime hours, and the same number of night-time flights (2,800) during proposed reduced night-time hours. That is potentially an overall increase in daytime and night-time flights.