Leeds Bradford Airport serves West and North Yorkshire and is the largest airport in the county. Bradford is the nearest city at 7 miles away, with Leeds 11 miles and Harrogate 12 miles. Halifax is 16 miles away, Wakefield and Huddersfield 21, Ripon 24, York 31, Barnsley 32, Sheffield 45, Doncaster 47 and Hull 71.
The airport comprises one terminal building and one runway. Currently there are seventeen airlines operating, offering flights to various locations in the U.K. (including Isle of Man and Jersey), plus Ireland, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, France, Cyprus, Corfu, Croatia, Greece and the Greek islands, the Balearic Isles, Canary Islands, Spain, Holland, Portugal, Madeira, Czech Republic, Pakistan, Poland, Germany, Malta and Tunisia.
Car Hire Locations
Europcar, Avis, Alamo, Hertz, are located in the arrivals hall at the airport. Budget do not have a location at Leeds Airport but they offer a meet and greet service.
Other Car Hire Locations
All of the major towns in the area offer car hire facilities. Various bus services connect to both Bradford and Leeds railway stations. National Express runs coach services to and from the centre of Leeds. City Cabs are located at the airport and there are numerous taxi companies in Leeds, Bradford and the surrounding areas.
There is a drop off and pick up area in front of the terminal building - maximum 10 minutes, 30 - 60 second walk to the terminal, plus two short stay (2 - 3 minutes' walk), one business short stay (1 - 2 minutes), one mid stay (2 - 3 minutes) and two long stay (3 - 4 minute shuttle). LBA Car Watch is an off-airport car park, a three minute transfer away from the terminal.
Facilities in the terminal include shops, restaurants, business lounge, cash machines, currency exchange, quiet room and visitor information. In 2010 the airport processed 2,755,110 passengers, making it the 16th busiest airport in the UK and there were 52,284 aircraft movements.
Work on the airport terminal has been ongoing since 1996 and the result of this has been significant growth in terminal size and passenger facilities. A masterplan is in place and proposals (inter alia) include expansion of the terminal buildings, new aircraft parking areas, changes to the runway to include a taxiway, hotel and office space, a railway station, additional car parking areas and a new link road from the A65.
By 2017 it is expected that the airport will handle over 5.1 million passengers per year as well as an increase in freight traffic.