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Old 21st Jul 2009, 19:47
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Leeds Bradford expansion plans.........

I notice yesterday's Yorkshire Evening Post reports that the expansion plans at LBA are set to be given the go-ahead at a meeting pencilled in for Thursday of this week.

Thoughts (article below) ?

PLANS for a 28m terminal expansion at Leeds Bradford International Airport are expected to be given the green light.

Leeds City Council's planning committee was set to rubber-stamp the project expected to generate 3,000 jobs in April but deferred its decision calling for better transport links.

The authority's chief planning officer has now compiled a new report addressing its queries and is recommending the panel "defer and delegate approval" at Leeds Civic Hall on Thursday, subject to a raft of conditions to combat congestion and improve public transport.

They include the setting up of a transport steering group, including Leeds, Bradford, and York City Councils, Metro and Leeds Bradford International Airport to monitor the impact of the changes on highways and public transport.

And more than 1m will be paid out to improve bus services.

The report concludes: "There has been considerable discussion and negotiation with the airport since April and significant progress has been made."

It adds: "The airport has also committed to longer term initiatives including making their land available for tram train."

It said the steering group would review passenger numbers and traffic levels. Cash provided through the planning conditions would mean action could be taken to minimise impact on the roads.

The application is for a two-storey extension, providing a new entrance and improved shops, passenger screening zone and immigration facilities.

Airport owners Bridgepoint Capital say passengers travelling through the existing terminal building are beset with delays and congestion.

Although the council has received an "unprecedented" number of representations, for and against the project, no-one is objecting to the building itself.

Concerns stem from the expected growth in passenger and car numbers and the impact on surrounding routes.

The report to councillors said its transport strategy was drawn up using a worst-case scenario of traffic around the airport growing to five million passengers per year by 2012. Levels were unlikely to reach that point as they had remained constant for the past three years.

The expansion of the terminal building is at the heart of a 70m masterplan designed to improve facilities and increase passenger numbers to 5.1 million a year by 2016.

Preliminary works costing 2m have already been carried out.

Tony Hallwood, pictured, commercial and aviation development director at LBIA, said: "Our aim is to offer customers modern facilities which allow them quick and easy access to and from the terminal.

"We are determined to continue to improve the quality of services we provide to our passengers and our on-going investment will deliver a significant enhancement to terminal facilities."

Councillors will visit the airport on Thursday before the application is once again put before them.
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Old 23rd Jul 2009, 19:31
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Hi all

Good news to report from todays meeting. Finally common sense seems to have prevailed as Leeds City Council's planning committee have now backed the planned 28 million expansion of the airport this evening.

See full report from BBC website. BBC NEWS | UK | England | West Yorkshire | Airport expansion plans approved

Airport expansion plans approved

Plans to extend Leeds Bradford Airport, which would double its capacity in five years, have been backed by councillors.

The proposals include a 28m extension to the terminal building, a new departure lounge, an improved check-in area and an expanded security zone.

In April, Leeds City Council rejected the plan because of concerns over the impact on roads around the airport.

As part of the new plans thousands of pounds will be invested in public transport to and from the airport.

The planned improvements are part of a five-year 70m investment programme promised by private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital, which bought the airport for 145m last year.

John Parkin, the airport's chief executive, said: "We are creating capacity for the airport to serve the demand for air travel from this region.

"There are more people flying from Manchester who live in our catchment area than we have total passenger numbers.

"This is a situation that needs to be corrected."

The revised plans have been recommended for approval subject to several conditions, including the setting up of a transport steering group to assess the impact on road traffic and public transport options.
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Old 23rd Jul 2009, 22:03
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Good news.

I don't claim to understand all the technicalities,does this mean the expansion will definately go ahead or what?.

The current terminal is a mish mash of added on bits and pieces,but that new extended terminal wouldn't win any architectural prizes in my opinion!.
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 11:13
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New terminal

From the Artist impressions i have seen, i think the airport is going to look great, more modern and up to date, a complete re-fit will breathe long awaited fresh air into the lungs of LBA.

May the growth continue..(what are the chances of a runway extension)
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Old 24th Jul 2009, 12:37
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Runway extension is a bit unlikely but I bet it gets a lot more new shops
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Old 30th Jul 2009, 18:35
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Does anyone know what happened at the airport today? everyone was denide access due to, according to a police officer an "incident"
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Old 30th Jul 2009, 22:17
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An empty car was left in the drop off point infront of the terminal for fifteen minutes, with its engine running.
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Hi

Jet2 has announced 2 new routes from its LBA base to Bergerac and Corfu for the summer 2010 season.

The airline will fly to Bergerac in France twice weekly on Tuesday and Saturdays against the current twice weekly Wednesday and Saturday flybe.com service. The new Corfu service will be operated once weekly on Mondays which will go against the long running weekly Friday, Thomson Holidays Charter.

Also good news is that the new Egypt route to Sharm el Sheikh will go to a year round operation.
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Rumour has it that PIA are to start B-777 ops back end of October, the turning D at 32 is the same as islamabad so no problems there
Something's afoot on the PIA website. For the past day or so it's not been possible to book any flights ex LBA for the next 9 months. Only flights the other way have been available. Maybe they're re-jigging the schedule for the introduction of a 777.
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Old 9th Aug 2009, 14:17
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Hi

Looks like flybe are to either open a base or have London Gatwick crews night stopping at LBA from October. As of the winter schedule the route timings has been altered and by the looks of things it will be operated by a LBA based Dash 8-Q400 aircraft.

Monday to Friday
BE350 LBA - 07:00 - LGW - 08:15
BE351 LGW - 08:45 - LBA - 09:55
BE352 LBA - 14:30 - LGW - 15:45
BE353 LGW - 16:20 - LBA - 17:30
BE356 LBA - 18:10 - LGW - 19:25
BE357 LGW - 19:55 - LBA - 21:05

Saturdays
BE350 LBA - 07:55 - LGW - 09:10
BE351 LGW - 09:45 - LBA - 10:55
BE730 LBA - 11:35 - BHD - 12:30
BE731 BHD - 12:55 - LBA - 13:50

Sundays
BE352 LBA - 14:30 - LGW - 15:45
BE353 LGW - 16:20 - LBA - 17:30
BE356 LBA - 18:10 - LGW - 19:25
BE357 LGW - 19:55 - LBA - 21:05

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Tinkering with the flight times already, must be doing really well NOT!
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Old 10th Aug 2009, 07:26
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You can drive LBA from LGW point to point quicker than you can fly given modern airport aggrevation.From Kent where I live even NCL is quicker driven most times.VBR Stampe
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I was on the LGW/LBA the other day and it was in the 60`s both ways, with only 78 seats id say thats not a bad load!!

Last time i drove LBA/london it took 4.5 hours and that was outside of rush hour and without queues on the M25.
Last time i drove NCL/london it took 7.5 hours.

I would say no comparison, take the plane every time!!!!

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modern airport aggravation
Yes - by comparison our road system is a delight....
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Tinkering with the flight times already, must be doing really well NOT!
I think you'll find that Flybe took this on at very short notice following BMI withdrawing and grabbed whatever LGW slots were available for the remainder of the season. It's clear that the market is largely inbound to London in the morning and that an early departure ex LBA was always going to be more favourable.

This option was only going to be possible once the LGW base was established and once they had some element of historic rights on the slots. I think you'll find that this will only serve to strengthen the route. It doesn't necessarily mean that things aren't going well at present.
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I hear Jet 2 737 has had an engine fire tonight is this true??
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Old 10th Aug 2009, 19:38
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I believe it was the evening LS459 CDG aircraft resulting in the runway been closed for a short time.
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Really - Engine Fire - a touch of artistic licence perhaps?
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Broken V band clamp on APU bleed air ducting, caused a bit of smoke in the cabin.
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Breaking - new Ryanair base at Leeds

This is of particular interest to me, given LBA is the airport closest to my native Leeds. Great news, imho.

Ryanair announces major expansion plans with base at LBA

Published Date: 11 August 2009


Low-cost airline Ryanair today announced it is to set up a base at Leeds Bradford International Airport creating hundreds of new jobs.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary was at the airport to make the announcement, which the Dublin-based airline said would have a "significant impact" on the Yorkshire region.

It is a major boost to the airport, which is on course to almost double in size after planners recently gave permission for a 28 million development.

The scheme includes upgrading the terminal, which would also feature a new two-storey extension to accommodate a new airside departure lounge.

Source: BREAKING: Jobs boost as Ryanair announces new Leeds Bradford Airport base - Yorkshire Evening Post
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